UAE-Pak­istan Friend­ship Road opens in South, North Waziris­tan

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

PESHAWAR—The UAEPak­istani Friend­ship Road, funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for De­vel­op­ment at cost of US$60.6 mil­lion, has been in­au­gu­rated in the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA) .

The move fol­lows the di­rec­tives of Pres­i­dent His High­ness Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, and fol­low up by H.H. Sheikh Man­sour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs, to pro­vide the hu­man­i­tar­ian and de­vel­op­ment aid to the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Paki-stan.

The UAE- Pak­istani Friend­ship Road, with length of 72 km and width of 9 me­tres, is one of the big­gest de­vel­op­ment projects in the tribal re­gion, and links south and north of Waziris­tan re­gions.

The project opened by Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, Chief of Staff of the Pak­istan Army, in the pres­ence of, Ab­dul­lah Khal­ifa Al Ghafli, Direc­tor of the UAE Project to As­sist Pak­istan (PAP), mem­bers of the project, se­nior Pak­istani army of­fi­cers, se­nior lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials of the tribal ar­eas, and tribal dig­ni­taries.

For his part, Al Ghafli stressed that the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the UAE and the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Pak­istan have a unique and spe­cial char­ac­ter demon­strated through the fra­ter­nal spirit, ap­pre­ci­a­tion, mu­tual re­spect and shared vi­sion be­tween the lead­ers and peo­ples of the two coun­tries.

He pointed out that the open­ing of “this vi­tal road is noth­ing but the prod­uct of a long his­tory of love, to­geth­er­ness and co­he­sion be­tween the lead­ers and peo­ples of the two friendly coun­tries.”

Al Ghafli said that the di­rec­tives of the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of the UAE have lever­aged the suc­cess of the project and trans­lated it into a re­al­ity. He ap­pre­ci­ated the kind ges­tures of the UAE Pres­i­dent and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, which focussed on help­ing the poor and needy in Pak­istan.

He also praised the sup­port and con­tin­u­ous fol­low-up en­joyed by the PAP by H.H. Sheikh Man­sour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs. He stressed that the sup­port and fol­low-up by Sheikh Man­sour was a cat­a­lyst for the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of 416 de­vel­op­ment projects in Pak­istan.

Al Ghafli re­ferred to the suc­cess of part­ner­ship, co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with the Abu Dhabi Fund for De­vel­op­ment, which has been keen to con­trib­ute to sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects in the ar­eas of roads, bridges, health, ed­u­ca­tion be­ing im­ple­mented by the UAE Project to As­sist Pak­istan.

A num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries said that they were ap­pre­cia­tive of the UAE lead­er­ship’s stance to of­fer all forms of as­sis­tance in time of their need. While wel­com­ing the open­ing of the road which would fa­cil­i­tate trans­port in the tribal re­gion, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries noted that the nam­ing of the project, the UAEPak­istani Friend­ship Road, “re­flects in­ti­macy in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the peo­ples of the UAE and Pak­istan.” —Agen­cies

PESHAWAR—UAE- Pak­istan Friend­ship Road, funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for De­vel­op­ment, built at cost of $60.6m.

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