BERLIN, 11th June, 2019 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed with German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, ways to enhance cooperation and friendship ties between the two countries in addition to an array of issue of common interest.
This came as the German President received Sheikh Mohamed today at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin as part of his two-day state visit to Germany.
The German President welcomed Sheikh Mohamed and wished his significant visit would contribute to advancing bilateral relations to higher levels in various fields.
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, attended the meeting.
Sheikh Mohamed conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his best wishes of progress and stability for the friendly German people.
The UAE and the Federal Republic of Germany, says Sheikh Mohamed, are anchors for peace and stability in their respective regions, and are "partners in the drive toward boosting tolerance and co-existence among human beings."
He added that the two countries share identical views on rejection of terrorism and the need to confront the forces that support it, affirming that the UAE-German relations are based, since their establishment, on appreciation, mutual respect and common interest.
"The UAE attaches special importance to its relations with the Federal Republic of Germany and is keen on enhancing ties between the two countries, especially in the areas related to economy, technology, innovation, scientific research among others."
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi emphasised that relations between the UAE and Germany are not limited to political, economic and technological fields, but also extend to cultural and educational domains .
Attending the meeting were Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Special Envoy for Germany; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, and UAE Ambassador to Germany, Ali Abdullah Al Ahmad.
The German President accompanied Sheikh Mohamed in a tour of the Bellevue Palace where they exchanged cordial talk
about the friendship ties between the two countries.
Germany, UAE agree ‘Diplomacy First’ only solution to regional problems: German Ambassador
By: Mansour Amer M Lardhi
ABU DHABI, 11th June, 2019 (WAM) -- The official visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Germany that started on Tuesday is expected to strengthen joint diplomatic efforts to find solutions to several regional and international issues, according to a top German diplomat.
"We (both Germany and the UAE) agree that there are no military solutions to any of the regional problems. Both countries know that ‘Diplomacy First’ is the only way to achieve sustainable peaceful solutions," Ernst Peter Fischer, the German Ambassador to UAE, told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Monday.
He said both nations have a close and trustful exchange on all regional foreign policy issues. "German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was just here (in Abu Dhabi). We agree that all countries should respect international law, multilateral agreements and the sovereignty of their neighbours," Fischer said.
The UAE is Germany's most important trade and investment partner in the Arab world, the ambassador said. "We do an average of EUR10 billion trade annually. In the future, we plan to cooperate more, especially on manufacturing, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, as well as resource efficiency in energy, water and food and the green economy," he said.
The visit will open a new chapter with more opportunities in the bilateral relations, he added.
"His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to outline how we will deepen our partnership in the political, economic and cultural fields. We see great potential for mutual benefit," he said.
The German-UAE bilateral relations have always been strong, Fischer said. "Last year we witnessed an increase in official visits in both directions. Germany is also getting ready for an exciting showing at Expo2020, which will exemplify how our countries can build a prosperous sustainable future together," the diplomat said.
He highlighted the fact that Germany and the Emirates have been closely connected since the foundation of the UAE and the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a friend of Germany.