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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan meets the French President and Singapore's Prime Minister

posted on 15/04/2010: 835 views

Washington D.C. - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday met with HE President Nicholas Sarkokzy of France and HE Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore.

The one-to-one meetings were held on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the US capital. The summit, hosted by the US President Barack Obama, was concluded yesterday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was at the head of the UAE delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit, which was attended by 47 nations.

During the two-day gathering of world leaders, the UAE stressed that combating the threat of nuclear terrorism is high on its security agenda, while expressing support for reaching international consensus on adopting a work plan designed to prevent nuclear material and technology from falling in the hands of terrorist organisations.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and HE President Sarkozy discussed the summit's agenda which include international cooperation to ensure nuclear security, combat illicit trade in nuclear material and prevent terrorist organisations from obtaining nuclear weapons.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that the relationship between the two nations was "a model strategic partnership that entails cooperation at all levels to serve the interests of the two friendly nations." During the meeting, also attended by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister of the UAE, the two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation at all levels.

HE President Sarkozy visited Abu Dhabi May 2009 to lay the foundation stone of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, located in the cultural district in Saadiyat Island.

The United Arab Emirates is France's largest market in the Middle East, with 250 subsidiaries of French companies present in the UAE.

In their meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and HE Prime Minister Lee discussed means of elevating the bilateral relations between the two nations to further levels to meet the aspirations of their peoples. They also discussed a range of issues of mutual interest.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed met HE Prime Minister Lee in August 2009 in Singapore. The UAE is Singapore's 19th largest trading partner in 2009, with total trade amounting to US$11.6 billion, down from US$14.8 billion in 2008.

The nuclear summit was aimed at drawing up a plan of action to secure loose nuclear materials, prevent nuclear material smuggling, and deter, detect and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.

In a document released in April 2008 with regard to the UAE's planned peaceful nuclear energy programme, the UAE Government outlined its commitment to operational transparency; highest standards of non-proliferation; highest standards of safety and security; working directly with IAEA and conforming to its standards; and working in partnership with the governments and firms of responsible nations.

The UAE made it clear that its plans to establish a peaceful nuclear energy programme were motivated by its need to develop additional sources of electricity to meet future demands and ensure a sustained and rapid economic development.

The document, titled "Policy of the United Arab Emirates on the Evaluation and Potential Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy", stated that the UAE's national annual peak demand for electricity would to rise to more than 40,000 MW's by 2020, reflecting a cumulative annual growth rate of roughly 9% from 2007 onward.

The two meetings were also attended by His Excellency Khaldoun Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Government's Executive Affairs Authority, HE Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Crown Prince's Court, and HE Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to Washington. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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