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UAE-Germany ties set to get a boost

posted on 06/02/2008: 637 views


Berlin - The momentous state visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who arrives in Germany today at the official invitation of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, marks an emphatic upturn in UAE-German relations.

Sheikh Mohammed's first state visit to the German capital, Berlin, not only underscores but will also help further extend the strategic partnership between the United Arab Emirates and Germany — both leading nations seeking to further enhance their relationship in all spheres. Sheikh Mohammed will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, as well as prominent economic personalities and senior media representatives.

UAE Ambassador to Germany Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmood, said on the eve of Sheikh Mohammed's visit that the bilateral relations between the UAE and the Federal Republic of Germany, who already share a strategic partnership, have seen a "dramatic development and strengthened even more in recent years”.

He said this highly privileged partnership has been expanding rapidly in various spheres and acquired a new dimension, especially since Angela Merkel was elected as Germany's first female Federal Chancellor in November 2005. Given this new emphasis on UAE-German bilateral relations, he added, "there is now no looking back as our relationship expands and grows even stronger”. He said: "We need to push the wheel,” referring to more hard work to be done in the growing trade tie between the two countries. He also said that trade needed to be balanced since last year UAE's share of the total trade of 5.8 billion Euros was 475 million Euros.

Ambassador Mahmood was confident that the strategic partnership between the two countries will be taken to the next level after the latest interaction between the two leaders and officials on both sides.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UAE Klaus-Peter Brandes, told Khaleej Times this first state visit of Sheikh Mohammed and his high-ranking delegation to Germany, "is another important milestone in UAE-German relations”.

He added: "Our two countries signed a strategic partnership in Berlin in 2004. Since then we have witnessed a tremendous boost in all aspects of our bilateral relations. "By this visit His Highness Sheikh Mohammed underlines the deep friendship between our two countries and at the same time gives new momentum for even closer ties and cooperation in the future.” Numerous high-ranking visits in the recent past, including the UAE visit of the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in February last year, have already fostered a very favourable climate for enhanced mutual cooperation in various spheres of common interest. The UAE is Germany's leading economic partner in the Arab world and Sheikh Mohammed's two-day state visit will provide a further boost to all aspects of this key relationship, including cooperation in new areas and an expansion of cultural relations. – Khaleej Times

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