Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi, the Ambassador of UAE, has met with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff, COAS, of the Pakistan Army at the General Headquarters of Pakistan Army in Rawalpindi.
During the meeting, the UAE envoy said that the UAE’s wise leadership attaches great attention to enhance the historic bonds between the two countries which are based on strong foundation, respect, mutual confidence and conformity of point of views on regional and international issues.
Al-Zaabi said that bilateral relations between the UAE and Pakistan are based on joint fraternal, cultural and social bonds through ages and their effects went beyond the economy, trade, investment and culture to the fruitful and strong cooperation in the security and defence fields.
He also pointed to the UAE’s commitment to its development and humanitarian projects in Pakistan, saying that the country is working on developing and sustaining them.
On his part, General Bajwa expressed appreciation to the UAE for its continuous support in economic development, social care and humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in education and healthcare sectors, especially developing infrastructure in remote areas.
He also stressed that the UAE- Pakistan relations are continuous and developing, not only because they are based on solid foundations, but also because there is a mutual recognition between the leadership of the two countries to strengthen them in all areas.
The bonds between the UAE and Pakistani peoples are historic and strong, General Bajwa said, noting that late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has special love for the people of Pakistan and he was loved by them.
He added that the UAE has been supporting Pakistan particularly during times of disasters and natural calamities. He praised the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan, UAE PAP, which was started in 2011 and focussed on development projects such as building schools, universities, roads, bridges, water projects and improvements in the health sector in various areas of Pakistan.
UAE and Pakistan signed an agreement in May 2018, worth $ 200 million under the assistance programme for further investment in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
The UAE Ambassador emphasised that UAE leadership strongly believes that education and health are the cornerstone of building human capital and for a prosperous future. “This puts us in front of great responsibilities to look towards the future with positive perspectives that ensure the implementation of this agenda, which we share with Pakistan,” he concluded.