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Mohammed bin Rashid meets Putin

posted on 01/04/2009: 1078 views



Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday met Vladimir Putin at Friendship Palace in Moscow.

Putin, who warmly welcomed Sheikh Mohammed, held official talks with him. He described the visit of Sheikh Mohammed to Russia as successful, citing the talks held by Sheikh Mohammed yesterday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"As we welcome your visit to Moscow, we are quite aware it will contribute in development of friendship and cooperation between our countries and peoples. The trade exchange between the UAE and the Federal Republic of Russia is below the level of relations sought by the leadership of two countries".

He reiterated that the relations between the two countries were growing at the all political, economic and trade levels, adding that the two countries have will and ambition to build desired cooperation in future.

Putin referred to the investments projects in the two countries, particularly in the tourism sector in the UAE, adding that the two countries were resolved to develop the relations, particularly in the private sector.

On his turn, Sheikh Mohammed said he was pleased to "visit this great country, Russia and its friendly people", adding that the relations between the two countries were historic and strategic.

"There are variety of opportunities to bolster the bilateral relations in all fields", he said, adding that his talks with the Russian President and officials were fruitful and soon would reflect positively on the relations between the two countries and peoples.

He invited the Russian Prime Minister to visit the UAE. The visit was accepted and would be scheduled later.

Present at the talks were Dubai Deputy Ruler HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Interior Minister HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department and President of the Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Minister for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi, UAE Ambassador to Russia Omar Saif Ghobash and a number of UAE businessmen.

On the Russian part, a number of ministers and high-ranking officials attended the talks.

Putin held a banquet in honour of Sheikh Mohammed and the entourage at the Friendship Palace. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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