Pak-UAE vows to bolster bilateral defense ties

Zobaida Jalal commends UAE vision 2030 on Defence Industry advancement

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ISLAMABAD, Federal Minister for Defence Production Zobaida Jalal Monday lauded the United Arab Emirates (UAE) vision 2030 on indigenization and technological advancement of its Defence Industry.

Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi called on Minister for Defence Production, Zobaida Jalal where she highlighted the government of Pakistan’s desire and commitment to work closely with UAE in the defence industrial domain, said a press release.

Minister for Defence Production welcomed the dignitary and conveyed that Pakistan greatly valued its relations with UAE and considers her as an important and longstanding partner in the Middle East.

The dignitary appreciated the two brotherly countries efforts in fight against COVID-19 and termed it a success story against the pandemic.

The dignitary highlighted the need and resolve by UAE side for working together in all spheres of Civil and Defence fields of collaborations.

She emphasized that there were areas of mutual interest and benefits to be explored by both the countries under the UAE vision 2030 and present the Pakistani government’s policy of Public Private Partnership of its Defence Industry.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged the efforts of Pakistan and said that both countries were ready to provide further impetus to their bilateral ties.

The dignitary also extended invitation for the honorable Minister to attend the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021 being held in Feb 2021 in UAE.  Commenting on the history of ties both the state reprnsatives stated that Pak-UAE fraternal bilateral ties are emboldened by the ideological assimilations, coupled with political and economic partnerships. Pakistan was the first country to recognize the establishment of federation of sever Emirates in 1971 and currently UAE is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the Middle East. Likewise, approximately 1.6 million Pakistani are cooperating in the prosperity of UAE and those expats contributes around $4.5 Billion annually to the GDP. 

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