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Abdullah bin Zayed: We need to set aside our differences and work on getting the Syrian people out of this tragedy

posted on 03/02/2016: 1450 views

ABU DHABI, 3rd February, 2016 (WAM) -- H.H. Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday said that it is imperative that countries, despite their conflicting stances, should work together to help resolve the Syrian and other crises in the region.

Speaking at a joint press conference held yesterday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MoFA, Sheikh Abdullah and Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, spoke about increasing mutual relations and their efforts in bolstering them in all fields, including in resolving the Syrian crisis.

After welcoming his Russian counterpart, who also met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces during his official visit, the UAE Foreign Minister said, "There is no doubt that the relationship between the UAE and Russia is very strong in every field. 550,000 Russians have visited the UAE in the past year alone. There is increasing investments and interest between the two sides through Mubadala and other organisations. The UAE is happy to see Russia as a partner and friend."

When asked about the situation in Syria, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said that it is an issue of vital concern for all. "We should remember that we have reached this point for several reasons. There have been many opportunities to solve the problem earlier. Today, the situation is more complicated and the number of casualties have increased dramatically."

He continued, "We have to be honest; we need to work as a collective and look at all the criteria, including political, economic, societal and developmental." Sheikh Abdullah went on to say that he feels today that there are possible rays of hope following the general meetings that have been held on the issue, adding that, "It is the duty of all of us to get the Syrian people out of this tragedy."

The Foreign Minister went on to stress the importance of not blaming one party or another when looking for a solution, as that will not benefit the Syrian people. "We should work together and put our regional disagreements aside, because that will not be a fair approach in trying to end the Syrian crisis," he said.

Also speaking, the Russian Foreign Minister said that following his meetings with Sheikh Abdullah and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, he believes that the conversations "ascertained our endeavour to cooperate in all fields," adding that the two sides are proud of their relationship.

He said, "Last year we met twice and we have agreed on a constant political dialogue. We look forward to developing our mutual relations."

Lavrov highlighted the various ongoing UAE-Russian partnerships including the Russian Direct Investment Fund, RDIF, and Mubadala who have established a co-investment fund and more recently the launch of a new DP World-RDIF venture to upgrade the ports and logistics infrastructure in Russia. And in the energy sector, through partnerships like the UAE Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency ROSCOSMOS, and another with the UAE's nuclear facility in Barakah, saying that those opportunities are beneficial for peoples of both countries and that there are future plans to take investment and trade relations to a higher level.

The Russian Foreign Minister went on to say that the two sides also have "dynamic and effective work in military aspects", as well as in the tourism sector.

On his country's stance in Syria, Lavrov stressed the need to implement the UN resolution pertaining to Syria saying that the common perspective is that "We cannot define the destiny of the Syrians but only they can."

"We are trying to support the efforts according to the UN resolution. We offer our full support to this process in which Russia and the UAE are playing a vital part," he said.

He continued by reminding that the situation in Syria is very worrying and praised the UAE for its keenness to boost its relations with his country.

He said, "The issue of security is of vital importance given the harsh situation in the region and the increase of terrorist activity. We will continue to exert our efforts to fight the threats from Daesh, Jabhat Al Nusra, and cooperate within this framework and in Syria."

The Russian Minister further said that a holistic and comprehensive solution based on the UN resolution and one which includes all sides of Syrian society is the way forward, stressing the need for the agreement of "all representatives of parties involved in the negotiation."

He added that another meeting between Russia and the Arab League, is planned for next spring.

"We will continue the dialogue between Russia and Arab states next spring. It will be the 4th round of dialogue to discuss security in the region. The relationship between Russia and the Arab world will contribute to finding a solution to the situation," he concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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