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Abdullah bin Zayed meets with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Irish

posted on 22/11/2013: 1163 views



Dublin: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has met with Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Dublin.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed praised the distinguished relations between the UAE and the Republic of Ireland, and expressed the hope that relations between the two countries and prosperous development in various fields would contribute to the welfare and the good of the two peoples and two countries.

Eamon Gilmore paid tribute to the position of prestige occupied by the United Arab Emirates at regional and international levels, adding that he discussed with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan areas of economic cooperation in trade and investment which contribute to the promotion and development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

He praised the steady growth in the relations between the UAE and Ireland, and expressed his admiration for the massive development which has been achieved by the United Arab Emirates, making it among the fastest growing countries.

During the meeting, the ministers exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments and events in the region and in particular the situation in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and discussed preparations for the Geneva 2 Conference, the peace process in the Middle East in the framework of the Arab Peace Initiative, and the Iranian nuclear position in addition to a number of topics of common interest.

The UAE said at the conclusion of his visit to Ireland that the two countries were sharing interests and mutual concerns, adding that the two countries support a system of world tolerance and free trade that ensures the easy flow of goods. Sheikh Abdullah said the countries also share concerns on the flow of suspicious capital and spread of extremism.

"Given these common factors, it is natural the UAE and Ireland have become closer. There are 17 weekly flights between the two countries. Etihad Airlines and Aer Lingus cooperate to ease travel between the two countries," he added.

Sheikh Abdullah noted that there are 8, 000 Irish residing in the U.AE., which appreciates diversity, adding that there 150 Emirati students studying at Irish universities, benefiting from Irish scientists. He added that the exchange between people constitutes a real basis for permanent friendship, referring to the recent U.K. visa waiver scheme for Emiratis. He hoped the rest of Europe would follow suit soon.

The UAE Foreign Minister reiterated the endeavours of the two countries to make positive changes in the light of friendship and spirit of cooperation.

The meeting was attended by the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Khalid Nasser Rashid Lootah. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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