Dubai: UAE officials praised Pakistan’s efforts to repatriate stranded citizens from the UAE by operating special flights.
The remarks were made during a virtual meeting via video link between Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, UAE Minister of Human Resources and Imamatization (MOHRE), and Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs.
Both discussed cooperation between the UAE and Pakistan in the evacuation of Pakistanis who were willing to return to Pakistan from the UAE because of the coronavirus pandemic.
During the meeting, matters relating to the problem of migrant workers and the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis emerged for discussion.
Meanwhile, the UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Al Zaabi, also expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani government for its ongoing cooperation to ensure the successful return of its displaced citizens, intending to return home given the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Constant work and coordination is being carried out to ensure the return of our Pakistani brothers to Pakistan from Emirates under certain mechanisms. Once again, thanks to the Pakistani government and my dear brother, Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari for his interest, cooperation and careful follow-up, “Al Zaabi tweeted.
Al Zaabi has made a similar statement in the past after around 1,500 Pakistanis were brought to Pakistan from the UAE on April 20 because of the coordinated efforts of the two countries.
So far 3,418 Pakistanis have been flown back to their countries from the UAE since the start of special flight operations by Pakistan after the global pandemic, according to a Pakistani diplomat.
More than 1,200 displaced Pakistanis were ordered on five special flights scheduled for April 28.
At least 21 more special flights will be operated from 1 to 10 May to repatriate Pakistanis displaced from the UAE.
Of the total 21 flights, 15 will be operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), while six flights will be handled by airlines based in the UAE. More than 4,600 passengers will be able to travel with this special flight. This is in addition to the five announced flights scheduled to take off from the UAE on April 28.
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