By Our Staff Reporter
Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi undertook a visit to the United Arab Emirates on 9-10 October 2021, according to an official statement issued by Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
During the visit, the President met the UAE dignitaries and formally inaugurated the Pakistan Pavilion in Dubai Expo 2020. Dubai Expo 2020 is the largest and most diverse exhibition in the region with participation from 192 countries, multilateral organizations and businesses. The Expo commenced on 1 October and will last till 31 March 2022.
“Pakistan Pavilion in the Expo 2020 is located at one of the prime areas of the Expo site, and is considered the largest Pavilion of Pakistan outside the country. The Pavilion, with the theme “Hidden Treasure”, showcases the unexplored and undiscovered riches of Pakistan,” officials said.
According to official statement, during his stay, the President held meetings with leading businessmen, investors, entrepreneurs, senior representatives of IT companies and media, and also interacted with members of the Pakistani community in the UAE. The visit coincided with the 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the UAE.
Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates have enjoyed close fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and cultural affinities. The UAE is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and a major source of investments. The UAE is also among Pakistan’s prime development partners in education, health and energy sectors. Around 1.6 million Pakistani expatriates in the UAE contributed remittances of more than US$ 6 billion in the last financial year.
Frequent exchange of high-level visits between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates play a pivotal role in enhancing bilateral ties and close cooperation.