UAE – Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of State has today received Josep Borrell, whom is the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission, at their headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Shakhbout welcomed Borrell who is visiting the country to participate in the 2021 World Policy Conference (WPC).
Exchanged views with State Minister @MoFAICUAE Shakhbut bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan on the good relations between the EU & UAE and on number of international issues, including challenges in Africa. @euintheuae pic.twitter.com/GJfL4gdTWg— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) October 2, 2021
Josep Borrell did not waste much time, immediately having meetings and discussions with key prominent leaders in the UAE.
He took the chance to talk about possibilities to deepen cooperation on sustainability,diversification and modernisation and bridging cultural differences for a better mutual understanding after meeting with UAE Minister of State for Intl. Cooperation and Director General of Expo2020 Dubai, Reem Al Hashimy.
Visited @Expo2020Dubai @ExpoSlovenia @ExpoSpain2020 pavillons, met also @JY_LeDrian EU’s participation is about fostering global cooperation,promote EU approaches on sustainability,mobility,innovation. Many activities planned by Member States & @EUintheUAE https://t.co/iJom2ESPEb pic.twitter.com/0yaUfe3UtO— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) October 2, 2021
He also spent time with deputy PM and Interior Minister, Saif Bin Zayed regarding the EU-UAE partnership and security challenges. He emphasized the need for EU-UAE to strengthen the cooperation for a stable region, including the need to fight radicalisation and extremism.
He stressed the UAE’s keenness on working with European Union in all issues of mutual interest including combating extremism and climate change.
Borrell also hailed the UAE’s efforts and role played in the recent evacuation processes from Afghanistan.
The two sides also tackled a number of regional issues including the developments in the Horn of Africa.