Around four years back, relations between key Arab countries and Pakistan deteriorated, including UAE. The background reason was the parliamentary resolution that demanded then government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to adopt neutral stance on the worsening crisis in Yemen.
This act drew unexpected criticism from UAE, which warned Pakistan that it might have to pay a ‘heavy cost’ for what it it called taking stand on the request of Saudi Arabia to commit troops to Yemen.
Yesterday, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid a one-day official visit to Pakistan.
It was a first visit by a UAE ruler in 12 years, it was obvious that two countries have moved on from the drift.
Prime Minister Imran Khan himself went to the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi to receive the UAE leader, who is also the deputy supreme commander of UAE’s armed forces.
پاکستان اور متحدہ عرب امارات کے وفود کے درمیان مزاکرات شروع.
پاکستان اور امارات کی اعلی قیادت کے درمیان تین ماہ میں ہونے والی یہ تیسری ملاقات ہے. محمد بن زاید النھیان کے دورے سے دونوں ملکوں کے برادرانہ تعلقات کو مزید فروغ ملےگا. 🇵🇰🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/1PleErc2pn
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) January 6, 2019
A ceremonial reception was given to the UAE minister at the Prime Minister House, and the delegation had a talk with state officials.
Prime Minister Imran accompanied the special guest to the PM House during a very warmth and extraordinary ceremony, informed Foreign Office.
This was third meeting in a series, previously two meeting were held in UAE when Imran Khan visited Arab Emirates twice after assuming
This was their third meeting in a series of months as the prime minister had visited UAE twice after assuming the charge in August last year.