Islamabad/AbuDhabi, 2 February 2022 (TDI):  Prime Minister Imran Khan had a telephone call with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today.

The conversation focused on the recent ballistic attacks fired by Yemen’s Houthis movement against the UAE. This was a third such assault on UAE within the last two weeks, including January 18 deadliest attack.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan strongly condemned the recent attempted missile attack by Houthis against the UAE on 30 January 2022. He commended the timely and effective air defense response of the UAE that saved valuable precious lives. The Prime Minister expressed abiding solidarity with the leadership, government, and UAE people.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep concern at the recent escalation in attacks that have seriously threatened regional peace and security. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding support for efforts to protect and promote regional peace and security through dialogue and diplomacy.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest; and agreed to continue regular and close consultations at the highest level.

Saudi Led Coalition 

The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthis for nearly seven years in a conflict.

This January UAE intercepted two ballistic missiles hitting the Abu Dhabi, UAE capital and hub of the trade from across the region. As a response to the attack, the Saudi-led coalition that was made to counter the Houthi offensive made a retaliation and hit the hideouts of the Houthis. This attack caused killing eighty people killed at the detention center in rebel-held Sa’ada province.

 UAE- Pakistan bilateral ties 

Pakistan and the UAE have enjoyed cordial and brotherly bilateral relations. Over the years, the relationship between the two has morphed into a mutually beneficial relationship encompassing cooperation in multifarious dimensions.

The two partners regularly collaborate at high levels in the fields of defense, trade, industry, education as well as infrastructure development. Furthermore, Pakistan and UAE both are committed to bolstering and diversifying relations in all fields.

Economically, the UAE is one of the most significant trade partners of Pakistan in the Middle Eastern Region. In that regard, Pakistan is also participating in the Dubai Expo 2020 by maintaining a pavilion. Dubai Expo 2020 is organized by the UAE earlier, delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Aside from that, there are thousands of Pakistani citizens are also employed in the UAE earning goodwill and building strong Pakistan UAE relations.