COAS meets UAE President, discusses bilateral relations

On his maiden official visit to the United Arab Emirates as the army chief, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir discussed ways to strengthen military affairs with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

A statement issued by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) said that the two leaders also shared views on the defence and military ties with the Gulf country to serve common interests.

“The two sides reviewed cooperation relations and joint work between the UAE and Pakistan in defence and military affairs, as well as ways to strengthen them to serve the common interests of the two friendly countries,” the statement read.

COAS Gen Munir was received by the UAE president at Qasr Al Shati Palace. President Nahyan congratulated the army chief on taking charge as Pakistan’s military leader and wished him luck on his new duties to serve his country and people.

The WAM reported that COAS Gen Munir expressed his thanks and appreciation to the president for congratulating him.

The meeting was attended by UAE’s National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security Ali Mohammed Hammad Al Shamsi and Staff Lieutenant General Engineer Issa Saif Mohammed Al Mazrouei as chief of staff of the UAE armed forces.

A day earlier, Gen Munir met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

During the reception, according to the SPA, the army chief and the Saudi crown prince also reviewed “a number of issues of common concern.”

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