UAE ambassador calls on Punjab governor, CM

By: News Desk      Published: 02:59 PM, 29 Aug, 2020
UAE ambassador calls on Punjab governor, CM

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador Mr Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi on Saturday called on Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in Lahore separately and exchanged views on promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation in different departments.

The chief minister said, “Pakistan and UAE enjoy best friendly relations.” He said that for the first time 13 economic zones were being established in Punjab, said official sources.

He said that work regarding setting up two economic zones was underway, adding that soon a foundation stone would be laid for the third economic zone in Bahawalpur.

A new city would be set up near River Ravi and this would help in minimizing pollution in Lahore and raising the level of underground water, he added.

Usman Buzdar invited the UAE investors for making an investment in special economic zones and Ravi River Urban Development Project and added that special facilities in this regard would be provided to the investors.

He said that UAE investment companies would be welcomed in Punjab, adding that the role of UAE in the progress and development of the country was commendable.

He termed UAE cooperation for the uplift of education, health and other sectors as great.

The chief minister said, “The incumbent government’s steps to control coronavirus proved very helpful and with the grace of Allah Almighty, the situation in Punjab is under control.”

He said the Punjab government had increased the capacity of conducting coronavirus tests manifold.

The CM said that steps were being taken to open educational institutes after Muharram-ul-Haram.

Usman Buzdar said Punjab had a conducive atmosphere for national and international investors, adding that a project had been prepared to establish Sheikh Zayed Hospital II in Rahim Yar Khan.

UAE Ambassador while appreciating the steps of Punjab government to combat COVID-19, said that the provincial government had implemented good policy to stop coronavirus.

It is pertinent to mention here that it was decided in the meeting that the continuity of close communication would be ensured for the promotion of mutual cooperation.

It was also decided that cooperation would be made in various sectors like housing, trade and industry and others.

UAE Ambassador also invited the Punjab Chief Minister to visit UAE.

The UAE envoy also held a separate meeting with Governor Sarwar at Governor’s House in Lahore. Both the leaders discussed bilateral relations and the security situation in the region.

The governor hailed the UAE cooperation in social and economic sectors of Pakistan.

Sarwar also drew UAE ambassador’s attention towards investment opportunities specially housing sector in Pakistan.