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FM Qureshi leaves for two-day UAE visit

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is  on a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said FM Qureshi would be holding discussions with the Emirati leadership “on all areas of mutual interest including regional and global issues” and exchange views on “bilateral cooperation, in particular trade, investment and the welfare of Pakistani diaspora.”

FM Qureshi will also meet Pakistani diaspora and interact with local and international media.

“The UAE is home to the second-largest Pakistani community abroad. Pakistan and the UAE enjoy historic fraternal relations, rooted firmly in shared history, common faith, values and mutual respect.”

“High-level visits are an important feature, which not only exhibits cordial ties between the two countries but also accords the leadership an opportunity to give further impetus to strengthening bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues,” read the FO statement.

UAE stops issuing visa

The development comes weeks after the UAE stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries including Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria.

A source briefed on the matter told Reuters the visas had temporarily stopped being issued to Afghans, Pakistanis, and citizens of several other countries over security concerns, but did not provide details of those concerns.”.

Since the Gulf country has not publicly given any reason for the ban, at the time FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri had said that it could be related to the existing pandemic.

“We understand that these restrictions only apply to visit visas and not to the renewal of existing visas. We are in touch with the UAE authorities both in Abu Dhabi and Islamabad,” he maintained during a weekly press briefing. 

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