UAE president’s visit postponed due to ‘weather conditions’

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s one-day visit to Islamabad was postponed due to bad weather conditions, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Monday.

“Due to weather conditions, President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to Islamic Republic of Pakistan scheduled for today has been postponed to a later date,” a PMO statement said. The Emirati president had arrived in Pakistan on January 25 on a private visit. On Monday, Al-Nahyan was scheduled to pay a visit to Islamabad to discuss friendship and cooperation between the Gulf state and Pakistan and ways to enhance them in various fields.

However, the PMO statement said that the visit to the capital will now be rescheduled, adding that the new dates will be announced soon. It stated that the UAE president contacted PM Shehbaz and expressed his dismay at the postponement. In his response, the premier said that the “guest’s safety and protection were dearer to him and a risk could not be taken in extreme weather conditions”.

Al-Nahyan assured PM Shehbaz he would soon visit Islamabad on a two-day visit.

The UAE president was supposed to be escorted by JF-17 aircraft to the PAF Nur Khan Air Base in Rahim Yar Khan, where he was to be given a 21-gun salute.