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The UAE is home to some 1.6 million Pakistanis and is the main source of remittances for Pakistan’s economy.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister raised the issue of visa restrictions imposed on Pakistani citizens imposed by the United Arab Emirates during meetings with top emirate officials during the three-day tour. in this country, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi concluded a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, a key ally of Pakistan, on Tuesday, following a meeting with Emirate Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“[Qureshi] stresses the need to nurture and strengthen people-to-person connections, as well as remove obstacles that hinder travel between the two countries, ”a State Department statement released on Tuesday.

The UAE is home to some 1.6 million Pakistanis and is the main source of remittances for Pakistan’s economy.

As of November, the UAE has adopted Prohibition of employment visas for citizens from 13 predominantly Muslim countries, including Pakistan.

Qureshi also raised the issue in an earlier meeting with UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan, the Foreign Ministry said.

“Thanks to the UAE’s leadership for their thoughtful approach towards foreigners, Foreign Minister Sheikh Nahyan gave a brief statement on the issues facing the Pakistani community, especially those facing restrictions on visa-related issues, ”said a statement.

The issue was also discussed during Qureshi’s meeting with UAE Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, according to a Pakistani statement.

The UAE government’s statements do not mention visa restrictions.

On Sunday, UAE Foreign Minister Al Nahyan met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Abu Dhabi, sparking speculation that Pakistan and India foreign ministers could hold a face-to-face meeting.

This month, a senior UAE diplomat confirmed that his country is helping to mediate a reconciliation between its South Asian neighbors, whose diplomatic ties have been largely frozen since. 2019 military conflict in the disputed Kashmir region.

However, Qureshi denied the reports of a possible meeting between the two top diplomats in an interview with the Gulf-based Khaleej Times.

Asad Hashim is digital correspondent for Al Jazeera in Pakistan. He tweeted @AsadHashim.



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