UAE hopes to strengthen ties with Pakistan after election

The UAE wishes new government 'success'

In this photo provided by the office of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, delivers his address in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 26, 2018. Khan declared victory Thursday for his party in the country's general elections, promising a "new" Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence. (Tehreek-e-Insaf via AP)

The UAE has wished the new Pakistani government success as former cricket star Imran Khan prepares for a new role as the country's prime minister.

The 65-year-old has been named winner of an election that has been beset by allegations of widespread vote rigging.

The ex fast-bowler is expected to form a coalition government in the coming days after missing out on an overall majority, but securing a commanding lead over rivals in the national assembly.

The former World Cup winning cricketer was announced the winner of Pakistan's general election on Friday, despite a delayed vote count provoking accusations of foul play.

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In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, expressed hope that links between the two countries could be developed, in line with the close friendship ties and robust historical ties that are already in place.

"The UAE wishes the new Pakistani government success and looks forward to developing bilateral relations across all domains," said the statement.

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