Khalifa, Japanese Prime Minister hold talks over latest events
Posted on30/04/2007 08:36:40
President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks yesterday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the latest regional and international developments with emphasis on the Middle East peace process and the situation in Iraq.
The Japanese Prime Minister is currently visiting the UAE as part of a regional tour. The talks also explored ways of boosting bilateral relations in all fields.
As he welcomed his guest, Sheikh Khalifa expressed the UAE's firm desire to strengthen its trade, economic and investment relations with Japan for the benefit of the two friendly peoples.
Sheikh Khalifa stressed the importance of lending special attention by Abu Dhabi and Tokyo to the trade and investment relations to ensure tangible results in the growth of joint investment.
The President hoped that Abe's visit to the UAE would open up new avenues for enhancing bilateral relations and greater horizons in all fields so as to make a qualitative leap in the joint economic partnership.
Sheikh Khalifa highlighted the vital role Japan plays in maintaining stability and security in Iraq whether on the economic or security domains.
On his part, the Japanese Prime Minister said he was extremely glad to visit the UAE and meet with Sheikh Khalifa. He said that visit aimed at acquainting himself with amazing progress made by the UAE in all walks of life under the wise leadership of Sheikh Khalifa.
He affirmed that Japan attaches special attention to its relations with the UAE which is seen as a model for economic growth and diversification of non-oil industries in addition to its regional and international high profile, which provide key factors that make joint economic partnership a success. He added that his tour of the region including the UAE constitutes a departure on the path to concluding a final free trade agreement with the GCC.
He pointed out to common factors that Japan and the UAE share in the trade, economic and investment policies. These factors, he noted, provided Japanese government and firms with strong incentives to invest in the UAE. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)
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