UAE, Italy discuss ways to build strategic partnership

March 04, 2023

ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan met Saturday with Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who is on a two-day visit to the UAE.

During the meeting, held in Al Shati Palace, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed Prime Minister Meloni, expressing his hopes for her first visit to the UAE to constitute a strong impetus for the development of relations between the two friendly countries.

The two sides discussed cooperation paths and opportunities to build a strategic partnership between their two countries during the next stage, especially in the economic, investment and trade fields, as well as energy security, renewable energy, clean technologies and sustainable development.

They, in addition, discussed addressing the repercussions of climate change, food security, industry and advanced technology and other aspects of common concern to both countries.

They also reviewed a number of developments on the regional and international arenas, and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

They stressed the importance of dialogue and prioritizing diplomatic solutions and cooperation to address various crises, enhance stability and security, and achieve a better future for current and future generations.

The two leaders expressed their aspirations for joint work to accelerate the pace of development in bilateral relations to build on what has been achieved over the past years.

The meeting also touched on the importance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28), which the UAE is hosting this year.

Sheikh Mohamed underscored the depth of the UAE-Italy ties which are highlighted by strong partnerships, affirming the UAE’s keenness to develop them to serve the mutual benefits of the two countries.

He also emphasized the UAE’s support of peace and cooperation through dialogue and diplomacy, stressing its full readiness to cooperate with Italy to achieve stability and development both regionally and globally.

Sheikh Mohamed expressed his hopes for an active and influential Italian participation in COP28, highlighting Italy’s great interest in the issue of climate change and reaching climate neutrality by 2050, which is the same date set by the UAE to achieve this goal.

For her part, Meloni underscored her country’s keenness to enhance cooperation and joint work with the UAE to serve their mutual benefit and consolidate the pillars of security and stability.

She noted the two countries’ corresponding vision on issues of mutual interest, adding that the UAE is an important partner to Italy across various domains. — WAM

March 04, 2023
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