To express a great spirit of the Union among its states and to celebrate its 45th National Day, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates under the mannered command of H.E Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi, ambassador of UAE hosted a reception at Serena Hotel Islamabad.
Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar was the chief guest at the occasion. H.E Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi welcomed the guests warmly at the reception.
The celebration was attended by President of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Chaudhary Shujjat Hussain, Dr Shahzad Waseem of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Shakaut Basra of Pakistan Peoples Party, former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General (R) Ehsan Ul Haq, representatives from diplomatic and business community and others.
The ceremony started with National anthems of UAE and Pakistan then cake cutting ceremony was formally performed in the presence of chief guest, UAE Ambassador and many others.
Addressing at the occasion, Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar appreciated the role of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other leadership’s sagacious policies for UAE and said that they are playing a vital role for the progress in the country. He said Pakistani leadership and people proud to have contribution in the growth of UAE. Both countries have cooperation in all areas including trade, services, investment, defense, education and health.”Our diaspora in UAE have significantly contributed in the development of emirates and Source of strong binding between two brotherly countries”, he said.
Tracing the relations between two countries, the minister said that Pakistan was among very first countries which started diplomatic relations with UAE, after its inception in 1972. “Since then our relations has grown to heights”.
He also appreciated the role of founder of UAE Sheikh Zayed Sultan Al Nahyan for the foundation of relations between two countries. Ishaq Dar said that Pakistan and UAE have close relations and we want to enhance further cooperation between two countries in various fields. The finance minister on behalf of prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan also extended heartiest felicitation to the President, Prime Minister and the people of UAE on their national day.
In his remarks, H.E Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi, ambassador of UAE said that UAE wanted to promote the principle of peace and development in the region and discourage the ideology of terrorism and extremism.
He said UAE has always provides its support to Pakistan in various sectors including education, human development, infrastructure and road network. He said that UAE focuses on the promotion of further mutual ties with Pakistan.
UAE’s international approach on humanitarian assistanceis supporting many of its brotherly countries like Pakistan. The UAE-Pakistan Assistance program creating opportunities in human development, for improving economic conditions, poverty alleviation, construction of roads and bridges, improving literacy rate and constructing schools and colleges and extending humanitarian assistance in times of a natural disaster by providing shelter, food and healthcare to the displaced population.
There were Emirati companies like Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Bank Alfalah, Dubai Islamic Bank and Ufone, sets up their stalls to promote their products. It was a candid affair which ended with a delicious dinner of both Pakistani and Emirati cuisine.