His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President Barham Ahmed Salih of Iraq discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and Iraq and means of developing them across various sectors.
During the meeting, held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed the Iraqi President's visit to the UAE and expressed his hopes that the official delegation visit will contribute towards strengthening ties between the countries.
Sheikh Mohamed and President Salih reviewed areas of cooperation between the UAE and Iraq, and discussed the prospects of developing them in the trade and investment sectors, that best serve the interests of the two countries and their peoples, as well as contributing towards promoting development, stability and security in the region.
The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international developments, as well as challenges facing the Arab world, and means to address said challenges.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince said that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is invested in strengthening relations with Iraq and advancing cooperation in various fields.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan always supported the brotherly Iraqi people, to help ensure their security, stability, well-being and unity, a legacy that continues to this day, His Highness affirmed.
Sheikh Mohamed extended his congratulations to President Salih for his election win and wished him success in his new role. His Highness went on to emphasize the importance of Iraq's stability, adding that it affects the stability of the region as a whole. He went on to say that the UAE will continue to support Iraq, to preserve its heritage and economic prosperity in the face of terrorist threats, as well as to attain overall progress and success in the Arab world.
His Highness stressed that tolerance, coexistence and the renunciation of division between the Iraqi people is the way to stability and development. He added that Iraq's rich history and past successes show that it can overcome and recover from recent turbulent times and that it will once again return as a regional and international player.
For his part, the Iraqi President expressed his happiness to visit the UAE, emphasizing his country's drive to develop further and strengthen relations with the country across multiple sectors. He wished the UAE and its people continued progress and prosperity under its visionary leadership.
The meeting also saw the two sides call for cooperation and concerted efforts by Arab countries and the international community to confront the scourge of terrorism and extremism that threatens the security and stability of nations and peoples.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council, FNC; H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in Al Ain Region; H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikh Theyab bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan; Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the Martyrs Families' Affairs Office of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince; Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of the Federal Supreme Council at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State; Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazroui, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi; Jassim Mohammed Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office; Lt. General Isa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court; Jaber Mohammed Ghanem Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Hasan Ahmed Al Shehhi, UAE Ambassador to Iraq.
Accompanying the Iraqi President were Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Salih Abdullah Jabouri, Minister of Industry; Moustafa Al Kazemi, Director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, INIS, Asaad Abdulameer Al Eidani, Governor of Basra, and Raad Mohammad Rashad Alousi, Ambassador Iraq to the UAE.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs