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Afghan President receives UAE FM

posted on 20/03/2009: 1040 views



Kabul - Afghan President Hamed Karzai yesterday received H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan who is on a current visit to Kabul.

At the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah conveyed to Karzai greetings and best wishes from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as from General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed on the necessity for consolidated international efforts to support development plans in Afghanistan in the best interest of the Afghan people.

The Minister hailed the UAE relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan noting that they contribute to the stability and prosperity of the two neighbouring countries.

For his part, Karzai thanked the UAE for its contribution to reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.

Karzai and Sheikh Abdullah recited Al-Fatiha for the soul of the late Afghan King Mohammed Dawood Khan.

Meanwhile Sheikh Abdullah visited the UAE Force in Afghanistan which is tasked with delivering humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

He conveyed to the personnel of the force greetings from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as from General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces as well as their appreciation of their contribution to reconstruction in Afghanistan.

He also conveyed to them greetings from their families and the people of the UAE as well as their and appreciation for their mission to help peoples of friendly nations and carry out the UAE's humanitarian mission.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed that the UAE remains committed to its financial pledges at the Donors Conference for Afghanistan which was held in Paris in 2008. With $250 million in pledges, the UAE takes a lead role in supporting the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by Ambassador Rashid Al-Falahi, Director of the Office of the UAE Foreign Minister Lt. Gen. Saeed Mohammed Khalaf Al-Rumaithi, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces and Mohammed Ahmed Othman Charge d'Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Afghanistan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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