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Abdullah bin Zayed meets Uruguayan counterpart

posted on 30/04/2014: 1313 views

Montevideo: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has met with Uruguay's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Almagro Lemes.

During the meeting, they reviewed relations of cooperation and friendship between the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and ways to develop and boost them, especially in the fields of economy and trade, renewable energy and the promotion of investments.

They also exchanged views on a number of issues of common concern in the light of the current developments in the regional and international arenas.

Sheikh Abdullah expressed his happiness to have the opportunity to visit Uruguay for the second time following his first trip to Montevideo in October 2009, expressing his deep appreciation to Mr. Lemes for the warm welcome and hospitality he received in Uruguay.

During a joint press conference with Mr. Lemes, Sheikh Abdullah said that, "Our meeting is a clear indication of our joint commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between our countries in various areas, including trade and investment, people-to-people exchanges, science and technology, political dialogue, renewable energy and sustainable development." He also highlighted the UAE's keenness on forging closer economic ties with Uruguay, adding that the current level of trade between the two countries has the potential to expand significantly.

"I look forward to the opening of a Uruguayan Embassy in Abu Dhabi in the near future. This will serve to increase dialogue between the UAE and Uruguay on a range of issues, and to support an expansion of business links," Sheikh Abdullah stated.

He continued, "We have had a comprehensive exchange of views on peace and security issues in the Middle East and Latin America. Our countries share many common interests and concerns in today's globalised world," Sheikh Abdullah expressed his thanks to Uruguay for supporting the UAE in its successful bid to host Expo 2020.

"Our countries also share a strong interest in renewable energy and cooperation on climate change issues. We commend Uruguay for its efforts to spread important messages about climate change to the world and I look forward to welcoming Uruguay's participation in the Abu Dhabi Ascent meeting, which will support preparations for the 2014 Climate Summit and will be held in Abu Dhabi on 4th and 5th May." He also reiterated the UAE's full support for Uruguay's candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-2017.

"The positive outcomes of our discussions underline our strong desire to achieve a results-oriented partnership that will further strengthen our bilateral relations." Sheikh Abdullah added "I would like to reaffirm our commitment to working together as we deepen the bonds between our people and create new opportunities for the future." For his part, the Foreign Minister of Uruguay welcomed H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and his accompanying delegation, stressing his country's keenness to develop bilateral relations with the UAE.

Mr. Lemes highlighted his country's keenness to cooperate with the UAE in various fields, especially in the infrastructure, ports and political dialogue fields. He expressed his country's aspirations to sign a number of agreements with the UAE, including the avoidance of double taxation.

Sheikh Abdullah attended a luncheon hosted by Dr. Lemes in his honour. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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