Abdullah Bin Zayed meets with New Zealand’s Deputy PM

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Winston Peters, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

WELLINGTON: Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Winston Peters, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, Shaikh Abdullah and Peters discussed means to advance relations between the UAE and New Zealand, and to strengthen frameworks of cooperation across various sectors, including trade and investment, energy and renewables, and food security. They also exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments, along with issues of mutual concern.

Shaikh Abdullah affirmed the UAE’s keenness to enhance cooperation with New Zealand.

Peters welcomed Shaikh Abdullah, praising the close bilateral ties between the two countries that seek to further enhance ties.

Bod sides signed a partnership agreement between the governments of the UAE and New Zealand. They also witnessed the signing of an agreement on the exchange of information and cooperation in the banking sector between the UAE Central Bank and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Shaikh Abdullah was also briefed on the New Zealand pavilion design and layout for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Shaikh Abdullah has also met with Andrew Little, Minister of Justice of New Zealand, and reviewed bilateral ties between the two countries and means of enhancing them across various sectors.

He highlighted the depth of relations between the UAE and New Zealand, expressing his hope for further development and advancement.

On the sidelines of the meeting and in conjunction with the Year of Zayed, Shaikh Abdullah paid tribute to the Minister of Justice’s late father, for his services to the UAE in the Trucial States forces in Al Ain in the 1950s and 60s. He extended a letter of thanks to the Little family in recognition of the great services provided by their father, who contributed to enhancing security and stability in the region.

This move comes in line with the UAE’s keenness to honour individuals who worked with the Founding Father, the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, during the Year of Zayed, which marks the centennial anniversary of the birth of the great leader, and his vision based on the principles of tolerance, peace and prosperity.

Earlier this year, Shaikh Abdullah honoured the family of the late Dr Katsuhiko Takahashi, a pioneering Japanese architect who played a principal role in drawing the Master Plan of Abu Dhabi under the close guidance of Shaikh Zayed in the 1960s.

Shaikh Abdullah also met New Zealand’s Defence Minister Ron Mark.

The meetings were attended by Saleh Ahmad Alzreem Al Suwaidi, the UAE Ambassador to New Zealand.


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