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UAE-German relations excellent: German Ambassador

posted on 28/04/2004: 625 views

Relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the UAE can only be described as excellent, German Ambassador Jurgen Steltzer, said in a statement on the occasion of the visit to Germany by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. "The landmark visit of the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to the UAE in October 2003 has given a clear political signal towards a genuine partnership. The government of the Federal Republic of Germany is prepared for a strong and long-term commitment to its close friends in the Gulf," he said.

The return visit to Germany of a high ranking UAE government delegation, which began on Monday, including Major Gen. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as several Cabinet Ministers and other high ranking representatives of the UAE will confirm the mutual determination to build a long lasting partnership, he said. The UAE is Germany's most important trading partner in the Arab world, with exports from Germany totalling US$3.7 billion in 2003, up 25% from 2002, the envoy stated.

While a substantial part of this trade is high-class cars and sophisticated machinery, the future also holds growing investments in both directions, of which the interest of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the German carmaker Volkswagen is only the most recent example, the envoy said. The German industry stands ready to share its latest technology for mutual benefit. Together, we can build up the impressive industrial base of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. "Yet a true partnership is not only made of figures and an expanding trade balance. German foreign policy in the Middle East and the Gulf has always been guided by the effort to play a responsible role in reconciliation and peaceful conflict resolution. We will continue and strengthen our commitment to the region.

The UAE has rightly been perceived as a net producer of stability, peace and good governance in the Gulf, under the wise leadership of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is the right time to join forces in this endeavour." "In a world where governments are challenged by ruthless terrorists willing to sacrifice innocent lives, we have to stand together and defend the security of our countries and peoples with firm determination. We equally have to prevent disruptive ideas of allegedly clashing civilizations where there are in fact more common values than differences. More and deeper exchange in the cultural and academic fields is required, and I trust the visit of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Germany will also bring us closer to achieving this objective. I could not imagine a better way to build true friendship than to see my children grow up with Arabic in our German community school in Abu Dhabi, hand in hand with Emirati children learning German," the envoy said. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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