The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan looks all set to arrive in Islamabad today for a day-long visit as mentioned through a statement from the UAE envoy.
It is found that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has made the trip to in turn hold meetings with the Prime Minister Imran Khan and with the other senior government officials. It is reported by the envoy that the trip will be made to focus on strengthening “the bonds of friendship between the two brotherly countries”. The announcement came after the crown prince met the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on December 14. In the meeting between the two, ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries were discussed.
It should also be noted that last year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had visited Pakistan for face to face meetings with PM Imran, followed by delegation-level talks. This marks the second visit by an Arab leader in just two weeks as just last week Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud had also visited Pakistan for a day-long trip.
The Saudi official had traveled to Pakistan after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated last month that Riyadh had issued economic threats to Pakistan to pressurise it into withdrawing from a gathering of leaders of Islamic nations in Malaysia. The Saudi Embassy in Islamabad dismissed such reports that it had pressured Pakistan to pull out of the summit.
PM Imran Khan had cancelled his appearance at the Kuala Lumpur summit after a visit to Riyadh for a meeting with the Saudi leadership. The four-day conference, which opened in Kuala Lumpur, had addressed some of the Islamic world’s thorniest issues, but was boycotted by a handful of countries, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. After the summit, Pakistan had said it skipped the gathering to address the concerns of major Muslim nations regarding the summit.