Video: UAE, Greece discuss enhanced cooperation in many fields
UAE FM Sheikh Abdullah enjoys productive talks with Greek counterpart Dendias and PM Mitsotakis.
Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on Friday reviewed the prospects of enhancing bilateral relations across all fronts.
This came as the Greek premier received the UAE top diplomat and his accompanying delegation in the presence of the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, at a meeting that discussed ways of accelerating cooperation in areas of science and technology, food and water security, renewable energy and oil, with the two sides reiterating their countries' determination to establish a robust strategic partnership across all fields.
The two parties also deliberated the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, in addition to a number of issues of concern, notably the situation in Libya and Iran.
The global fight against Covid-19 and ways pf strengthening international efforts to secure a vaccine to the diseases featured prominently during the meeting. The recently signed UAE-Israel peace accord and its role in establishing security and stability in the region were also on the agenda.
Sheikh Abdullah conveyed to the Greek leaders the greetings of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their wishes for further prosperity and progress to Greece.
The Greek premier reciprocated the greetings to the UAE leaders and underlined the importance of Sheikh Abdullah's visit in fostering the friendship ties between the two nations.
Attending the meeting was Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The UAE top diplomat also expressed his delight after his meeting with Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.
"I would like to thank His Excellency Nikos Dendias for our productive and important discussions today. Our meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the most significant aspects of our growing bilateral relationship, and on regional and international issues of mutual concern to our two friendly nations. It is in the regular holding of these conversations and visits that our relationship grows even further," Sheikh Abdullah said in the joint statement.
He added: "The UAE-Greece relations started in the year 1975, and since then the two nations have come a long way together, with the UAE seeking to grow these bilateral relations to be a model for stability and growth in the region. Today, the partnership between our two nations covers a broad spectrum of cooperation in all fields and scopes, including economics, politics, defence, culture, governance, and food security.
"The UAE and Greece both dedicated particular efforts in promoting and enhancing economic relations, resulting in an increasing level of trade between the two countries. By the end of 2019, the total trade volume of our bilateral non-oil trade had reached $450 million (Dh1.65 billion). We would like to even further increase the volumes of our bilateral trade to a level that fully reflects the high potential and capability of our strong partnership."
"Our relations are not only strengthening in the fields of economics and trade," Sheikh Abdullah continued, " but also through our people-to-people ties. In 2019, more than 24,000 Greek tourists visited the UAE. The ever-increasing numbers of tourists travelling between our two countries is supported by a vibrant aviation sector, which included 14 weekly flights by our national carriers prior to the spread of Covid-19. We looking forward to further collaboration over the Covid-19 challenge between the two countries and the entire international community during the coming few months."
"Furthermore, the UAE is a host to more than 4,000 Greek residents who make valuable contributions to the society and economy of their second home, the UAE. We also believe that the UAE and Greece share a common interest in safeguarding tolerance and diversity at home and abroad, and promote pluralism and moderation globally. We look forward to see these shared values materialise through a strong Greek presence in Expo 2020 Dubai next year. We extend sincere thanks to our friends in Greece and the entire world for supporting the global event which we wish would drive further international cooperation and cultivate more ambitions after surviving the pandemic."
Sheikh Abdullah added: "In addition to our growing bilateral relations, the UAE and Greece share a deep concern towards the threat that terrorism and extremism pose to our world. We in the UAE believe there should be no compromise on the fight against the waves of terrorism and extremism that are being witnessed today. The UAE plays a pivotal role in countering extremism and terrorism both by combating both its narrative and operations. We are looking forward to working with partners from around the world to confront this global peril.
"The UAE and Greece also share a common interest in regional stability and a peaceful and cooperative international system. The UAE appreciates Greece's positive engagement in support of regional stability, and praises our close cooperation to address some of the region's most intractable issues. We both see that expansionist foreign policies of some neighbouring governments are a persistent source of instability in the region.
"Finally, I would like to emphasise that our aspiration of a strategic partnership stands on strong foundations and could further expand in a range of different sectors such as technology, tourism, education, healthcare, services and food security."
"Once again, I would like to thank Nikos Dendias, for our constructive discussions today. I would also like to thank the Greek people for their kind hospitality during my trip. I hope to visit Greece again in the near future, and I have strong confidence that both of our countries will continue on the path toward furthering our profound partnership thorough positive dialogue. I am also looking forward to welcoming you in you in the UAE and wish your people continuing health and security. I also wish we continue working together under the current tough circumstances to ensure the bests interests of our two peoples," Sheikh Abdullah concluded.
For his part, the Greek Foreign Minister hailed the privileged relations between the two nations and their cooperation in various domains, including defence.
He also commanded the support provided by the UAE for his country to help mitigate the impact of the Covid-19.
The Greek foreign minister also congratulated the leadership and people of the UAE on the successful launch of Hope Probe to Mars and the operation of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, paying tribute to the prestigious stature boasted by the UAE on the regional and global stages.
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