Germany, UAE agree on strengthening strategic partnership

BERLIN, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and visiting Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed on Wednesday on bolstering bilateral strategic partnership, particularly in politics, economy, energy, humanitarian action, culture, education and environment.

The move demonstrates the remarkable success of the 15-year-long strategic partnership between the two countries which help establish solid political and economic relations based on mutual trust, common interests and the desire to ensure the continued development and prosperity of both countries, the officials said at a joint press conference.

The German Chancellor said that the talks with Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed tackled a variety of issues that covered several fields, especially trade and economic relations in addition to the crises of the Middle East, extremism and international terrorism fighting, the Iranian nuclear file and the wars in Yemen, Syria and Libya.

For his part, the UAE Crown Prince stressed the depth of the strategic relationship between his country and Germany, saying that he aspires to further relations and to double trade exchange in the coming years.

Following the press conference, a joint statement was issued on the areas covered by the strategic partnership, saying the two parties reaffirmed their commitment to increase the scope of dialogue and political consultations to.

The two sides also stressed their joint commitment to combat extremism and terrorism in all its forms at the regional and international levels, which entails strengthening security cooperation, exchanging of expertise and information and enhancing individual training and capacity-building.

On the situation in Yemen, the two sides underlined the need to search for a political solution to the crisis based on the GCC initiative, its executive mechanism, the outcome of Yemen’s national dialogue conference and all relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

On Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Germany expressed their concern over the growing tensions in the region and called on Iran to play a positive role, refrain from taking any escalating steps or actions that would could increase existing tension and non-interference in the affairs of the countries of the region.

On Libya, the two sides agreed on the need for a political solution, saying that there is no military solution to the conflict there and that the political framework of UN envoy Ghassan Salama is the best option to overcome the current political crisis.

On economic cooperation, the two countries stressed the importance of cementing bilateral economic cooperation by promoting trade exchange, investment, business opportunities and high-level economic consultations, in particular the Joint Economic Commission.

The two sides noted the importance of the German-UAE Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, which seeks to strengthen economic relations between the two countries, as well as the establishment of a new special consultative body for German companies in the free zone of the Dubai Multi Commodities Center.

The two sides affirmed their readiness to encourage trade exchange between SMEs in both countries through the support provided by free zone in the UAE and the Dubai-based SME business support platform.

They agreed to expand their cooperation in the energy sector with a particular focus on renewable energy as well as on traditional sources in the oil and gas sector.

Source: Kuwait News Agency