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Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation to Arab-South America Summit

posted on 01/04/2009: 759 views

Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, inaugurated in Doha on Tuesday at Sheraton Hotel the 2nd Summit of the Arab-South America Countries with participation of 34 Presidents and officials.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan headed the UAE delegation to the summit.

The summit discussed co-ordination between the two groups on the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons, as well as wider co-ordination in common issues of interest. The meetings was also attended by ambassadors of the two groups in the international organisations, International Monetary Fund and World Bank. It l also discussed trade, investment, conflicts and drugs.

The summit concluded yesterday with announcement of Doha Declaration. The first summit was held in Brazil in May 2005.

Emir of Qatar welcomed in his inaugural speech the meet between Arab World and South America countries, describing it as symbolic and vital.

"The Arab people have been following closely the economic, social, cultural and political developments being achieved by the South American peoples. They are now harvesting their hard labour," he added.

He underscored that there were similarities between the Arab World and Latin America: "They both have ancient multi civilisations and cultures and ambition to bright future. On the path to progress, they face similar impediments." – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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