Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, made a brief trip to the United Arab Emirates on Friday where he met with the country’s president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and expressed his condolences over the passing of Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a representative of the ruler of Abu Dhabi. The UAE had announced his death on Thursday, which resulted from a health issue.
In a Twitter post, the prime minister conveyed his “heartfelt condolences” to the UAE president during their meeting. He also highlighted the deceased’s significant connection with Pakistan, describing him as a great friend. The loss of Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is deeply felt by the Al Nahyan family, and the people of Pakistan share in the grief and sorrow of their Emirati brothers and sisters. The prime minister offered prayers for the peace of the departed soul.
Pakistan and the UAE have maintained a strong and enduring alliance. This was demonstrated recently when the UAE deposited $1 billion in Pakistan’s central bank as Islamabad sought a formal approval for a $3 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Accompanying Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on this visit are Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi.