Mohamed bin Zayed, Japan PM discuss ties, regional developments

ABU DHABI, 30th April, 2018 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan have discussed strategic cooperation between the two friendly countries across various sectors. The two sides also reviewed regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.

Discussions were held during official talks on Monday between the two sides at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the UAE, expressing his hope that the visit will further develop the path of the distinguished and historic relations between the two countries, and widen the horizons of cooperation between them.

“We are honoured to have you in the UAE. This visit is of crucial importance, highlighting the distinguished ties between the UAE and Japan,” His Highness said, adding that the presence of the Japanese Prime Minister has enabled cooperation further across corporations hailing from the two nations.

Sheikh Mohamed stressed that UAE-Japan ties are of a strategic nature based on a long history of cooperation and understanding. These ties are based on strong foundations and mutual respect, making them a model of diplomatic relations between nations, working together for the interests of the two countries and peoples, His Highness continued.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince went on to say that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to strengthen bilateral ties with Japan across all sectors. “The Japanese experience is one that is inspiring, especially in terms of human resources development, innovative technologies, and the preservation of identity and culture while striving for modern innovations,” Sheikh Mohamed said.

“The UAE attaches a special importance to deepening ties with Japan in the energy, advanced technology, and innovative industries sectors, among others, the best serve the UAE’s development strategy of a diversified, knowledge-based economy,” he continued.

His Highness emphasised that the most important feature of UAE-Japan relations is that they are renewed and inclusive, not only on a political and economic plane, but also across cultural, developmental, and humanitarian levels.

He noted that the two friendly nations are partners at work for peace, development and stability on a regional and international level, where they both work effortlessly to spread the values of tolerance, coexistence and dialogue as fundamental to building the foundations of peace, security, and progress globally.

Sheikh Mohamed expressed his confidence in that UAE-Japan ties will witness qualitative changes in the coming years, and that Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the UAE has had a great impact on further advancing said relations to achieve the common aspirations of the two countries.

The Japanese Prime Minister expressed his happiness on his official visit to the country, adding that the distinguished ties that bring Japan and the UAE together are based distinct historical understanding and cooperation.

He noted that this visit, which comes during a special year, the Year of Zayed, has seen discussions revolving around the strengthening of ties to further develop joint work across various economic and investment sectors, especially in the commercial, cultural, and energy fields.

“This relationship between the two countries is not only confined to the economy and energy sectors, but also covers many areas, including the political, defence, education, agriculture, and advanced technologies sectors, which will further advance to attain sustainable progress,” Prime Minister Abe added.

During the meeting, an agreement was signed by Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and Kanji Fujiki, Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, to further advance trade and investment ties.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed hosted a luncheon in honour of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his accompanying delegation.

H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in Al Ain Region; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; Sheikh Diab bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention; Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs; Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry; Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Jameela Al Muheiri, Minister of State for Public Education; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State; Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazroui, Secretary-General of the Executive Council, and Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak; Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, were present during the meeting.

The Japanese Prime Minister’s delegation included a number of senior officials, people in business and directors of Japanese companies and institutions.


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