Islamabad: At a joint press conference convened following the conclusion of the 11th meeting of the UAE-Pakistan Joint Ministerial Commission, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, emphasised the importance of relations between the UAE and Pakistan.
Commenting on the few barriers that faced the 10th session of the joint ministerial commission in Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Abdullah said, “In general, the committee has achieved results. The implementation of the committee’s decisions was good despite these barriers, which can be solved through diplomatic channels.”
He made note of the establishment of the Joint Trade Council, which was agreed during talks with Pakistani Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz, as a mechanism for solving issues, while other mechanisms can be developed in order to address other issues such as energy, based on the huge potentials to develop energy and renewable energy.
Speaking on the current developments relating to reconciliation in Afghanistan, the foreign minister said the UAE continues its contacts with Kabul in order to follow up the solutions in order to bolster cooperation in a favourable ambience.
For his part, Pakistani Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz, said the visit of Shaikh Abdullah and the large UAE delegation reflect the commitment of the UAE to bolstering and expanding cooperation in several spheres and in trade and economy in particular.
Aziz expressed his satisfaction with the volume of trade with the UAE which exceeded $10 billion (Dh36.7 billion). He also made note of the importance of the establishment of the Joint Trade Council which will convene its first meeting early next year.