FM Qureshi Concludes UAE Visit, Arrives in Tehran for Diplomatic Deliberations with Iranian Leadership

Pak, UAE FM’s exchanged views on regional and global issues, matters of mutual interest

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ISLAMABAD-Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Tehran this afternoon (Tuesday) on a three-day official visit to Iran for talks with the Iranian leadership on bilateral relations and regional situation.

He was warmly received by Iranian Foreign Minister’s Advisor and Director General at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Syed Rasool Mousavi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iran Rahim Hayat Qureshi and senior officers at the Pakistani Embassy at Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran.

During the visit, the Foreign Minister will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and other senior Iranian leadership.

Bilateral cooperation, promotion of economic linkages and other matters of mutual interest, including regional situation and international affairs will be discussed in these meetings.

The two foreign ministers will hold delegation-level talks on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations with focus on further deepening cooperation in diverse fields.

The two sides will discuss regional security situation including the latest developments in the Afghan Peace Process and the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

They will also deliberate on strengthening regional cooperation under the umbrella of Economic Cooperation Organization.

Earlier while concluding his visit to UAE,  Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his delegation was warmly received by Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi, yesterday evening. The two Foreign Ministers held detailed discussions after the delegation level talks.

Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated the UAE’s progress and development over the last five decades. He attributed this achievement to the sagacious and visionary leadership of the nation. Foreign Minister Abdullah thanked him and acknowledged the valuable role played by Pakistani Diaspora in the UAE’s growth and prosperity.

The Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their mutual desire to further strengthen cordial relations between the two countries. They reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, discussing ways to enhance cooperation in diverse areas including trade, investment, infrastructure, energy, technology, tourism and manpower. Foreign Minister Qureshi outlined his plans for showcasing the history as well as the future potential of Pakistan-UAE cooperation at EXPO 2020 Dubai in October 2021. The Foreign Ministers also discussed ways to provide fresh impetus to existing Pakistan – UAE ties. In this regard, they agreed to facilitate Ministerial level visits from both sides.

Foreign Minister Qureshi lauded the positive contribution of Pakistani Diaspora in the UAE towards the development and progress of both countries. He emphasized the need for nurturing and strengthening people-to-people linkages, as well as removing impediments that hamper travel between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked the UAE for its continued support and cooperation bilaterally, as well as at the international fora. Pronouncing the UAE’s decision to roll-over the USD 2 billion deposit by the Abu Dhabi Fund, Foreign Minister Abdullah affirmed the UAE’s commitment to extend every possible support to Pakistan. Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked his counterpart, underscoring that the decision reflected the warm and brotherly ties between the two countries.

The Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his counterpart on the grave human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s consistent efforts to support the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Expressing sincere appreciation for UAE’s warm hospitality, Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated his invitation to Foreign Minister Abdullah to visit Pakistan at the earliest opportunity. Foreign Minister Abdullah graciously accepted the invitation.

Concluding his visit to the UAE (17-19 April 2021), Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi departed the UAE today. In addition to his official engagements, the Foreign Minister met Pakistan Business Council, members of Pakistani community, including investors and businessmen, in Dubai and interacted with local and international media in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He also visited EXPO 2020 Dubai and the Pakistan Pavilion being set up to showcase the potential of Pakistan in the region’s biggest ever exposition organized by the UAE.

Pakistan and the UAE enjoy close fraternal ties for almost five decades that are rooted firmly in common belief and shared values and culture. The relationship is marked by high-level visits and interactions that provide continuous momentum to bilateral cooperation. This was Foreign Minister’s second visit to the UAE in the past five months.

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