ISLAMABAD - Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Thursday said that United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not only a brotherly country of Pakistan but also a partner in progress and development.

“Pakistan and UAE are entwined in mutual religion, culture and history. Both countries shared the same goals of shared prosperity and regional development,” said the NA Speaker during a meeting with UAE Ambassador in Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Saleem Al-Zaabi in Parliament House. Enhancement of bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest came under discussion.

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that Pakistan and UAE enjoyed long-standing fraternal ties rooted firmly in common religion and culture. He said that it was also encouraging that both countries enjoy significance convergence in political views on host of regional and global issues. He said that this convergence had provided both sides an opportunity to develop a strategic, broad based and compressive partnership in diverse sectors.

Referring to the warm parliamentary relations between legislatures of both countries, the NA Speaker said that enhancing exchange of parliamentary delegations would further solidify the bilateral relations. Reiterating invitation to his UAE counterpart to visit Pakistan, the Speaker said that it would be a matter of immense pleasure to receive him along with his delegation.

Drawing attention of the UAE Ambassador towards the atrocities being committed by tyrant Indian forces on innocent Kashmiris, Raja Pervaiz said that the world community should take cognisance of the atrocities on innocent Kashmir and should strive for its resolution in accordance with the aspiration of the people of Kashmir. He said that peace in the region was directly linked with the regional development and prosperity.

The NA Speaker said that Pakistan is strategically located at Asia’s premier trade, energy and transport corridor. He said that this advantage makes Pakistan a market full of opportunities. He stressed the need to devise mechanisms to further enhance bilateral economic cooperation. He said that CPEC had generated immense economic opportunities in Pakistan.

UAE Ambassador felicitated Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on being elected unopposed as Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He said that both the nations were tied in eternal bonds of religion, culture and history. He also reiterated that UAE had and would always stand by Pakistan in its pursuit for economic and social sector development. He said that Pakistan is a land of opportunities and investors for UAE would certainly like to benefit. He said that parliamentarians from both countries could bring their nations more closer. He extended his all-out efforts to facilitate such endeavours. Appreciating the role of diaspora in UAE, he said that they were playing a vital role in the socio-economic development of UAE.