Pakistan desires peace;security,stability in Middle East: President

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that Pakistan desired peace, security and stability in Middle East and added that any violent move to destabilize the system would be harmful for the regional peace and stability.The President was talking to Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zeyed Al-Nahyan, Foreign Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE) who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Senator A. Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Interior and UAE ambassador in Pakistan, Ali Saif Sultan Al Awani were also present during the meeting.Pakistan-UAE bilateral relations and regional situation were discussed during the meeting.The President said that Pakistan highly values its cordial and friendly relations with UAE and emphasized upon further augmenting trade ties between the two countries.The President noted with appreciation that the government and the people of UAE have always readily extended every possible assistance to Pakistan in the hour of need and recalled the assistance by UAE in the earthquake of 2005 and during floods.Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zeyed Al-Nahyan thanked the President for meeting and expressed the hope that the existing close cooperation between the two countries would continue to grow to the mutual benefit.He also assured continued support of the UAE government in fighting extremism and revival of the economy that has been hardly hit by the floods and the fight against militancy. – APP