Shaikh Hamdan meets Japan PM

TOKYO - The UAE has expressed desire to consolidate its relations with Japan for mutual interest.

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Published: Thu 15 Apr 2004, 12:21 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:01 PM

Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, conveyed his country's desire to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi who met him at his office here on Wednesday.

Shaikh Hamdan arrived here from Seoul, South Korea, leading a high-level delegation on the second leg of a three-nation Asian tour that will also take him to China.

Mr Koizumi and Shaikh Hamdan held talks on bilateral relations and the situation in the Middle East with emphasis on Iraq. Mr Koizumi wished Shaikh Hamdan and his accompanying delegation a successful three-day visit to Japan.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued to Japanese news agency Kyodo, Shaikh Hamdan said that a new phase of close cooperation and partnership between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Japan is now opening that will be in the best interest of and for the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries and their peoples.

Shaikh Hamdan said that his visit would mark an important step in that process. "Since the UAE was established on 2nd December 1971," he said, "it had succeeded in building bridges of cooperation and friendship and in establishing close political and economic relations with countries throughout the globe, under the wise leadership of the President His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan."

"Our close political and economic ties with east Asian countries, particularly with Japan, are testimony to the success of the policy which we have adopted," Shaikh Hamdan said.

"Our two countries have succeeded in establishing extensive economic ties, as shown by the volume of bilateral trade. We are also engaged in consultations and discussions on a continuous basis on regional and international political issues," he said.

"We look with admiration on the experience of Japan in the sphere of economic development, and view it as an example from which we have benefited considerably," Shaikh Hamdan said.

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