UAE Crown Prince accepts PM Imran Khan's offer

UAE Crown Prince accepts PM Imran Khan's offer

ISLAMABAD – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has accepted PM Imran Khan offer to visit Pakistan.

Both discussed bilateral ties with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a phone call on Monday.

The two leaders discussed a number of regional issues just months after the cricketer-turned-politician assumed the top office in Pakistan.

Khan visited Abu Dhabi in September where he met with Sheikh Mohammed on his maiden foreign visit to the Gulf country. The two leaders discussed Islamabad’s attempts at staving off a financial crisis.

The UAE and Pakistan have developed strong bilateral ties since Pakistan became the first country to recognise the UAE in its independence in 1971.

In 2011, the UAE established the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme which has helped provide aid in the form of infrastructure development, education assistance and hospital donations.

The UAE also trains some of its military units in Pakistan.

The UAE plays host to more than 1 million Pakistanis, representing the second-largest nationality in the country.