Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi with Prime Minister of Japan
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Japanese PM discuss ties, regional developments
ABU DHABI-- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamad bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks Monday with visiting Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe over bilateral ties and regional developments. The talks focused on cementing bilateral relations in various domains and rapid developments in Arab Gulf and Middle East regions, the UAE news agency (WAM) reported.
During their meeting, Sheikh Mohamad, also deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, stated that the relations between the UAE and Japan are rooted and deep and have witnessed progress in the areas of trade, energy, investment, technology, space and education during the past decades.
He pointed out that Japan is as one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the UAE in 1971, and the visit of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to Japan in 1990 was the turning point in their bilateral relations.
Sheikh Mohamed said that what makes the relations between the UAE and Japan important is that they represent two leading regional and international development models and they share a system of civilized values that call for tolerance, coexistence and dialogue, and rejects extremism, terrorism, hatred and racism, no matter the source.
The Arabian Gulf and Middle East regions go through delicate and complex situations which need to be dealt with wisely, to maintain security and stability in a region of strategic importance to global peace and security, he clarified.
He added that interference by certain regional powers in the internal affairs of Arab countries is one of the most dangerous sources of tension, conflict, and instability in the region.
Sheikh Mohammad highlighted the UAE's firm stance in supporting stability and peace in the region, ensuring the flow of oil from the Arabian Gulf to Japan and the world, and maintaining the security of international shipping lines. He also affirmed that the UAE joining the "International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation and Ensuring the Safety of Maritime Corridors" proves its keenness to contribute to any international or regional effort and deter threats to international navigation and global energy supplies.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince expressed his appreciation for Japan's wise and balanced policy towards the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East.
He welcomed Japan's decision to send the Maritime Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to secure its ships and protect its oil supplies. For his part, the Japanese premier expressed his country's keenness to reinforce relations and strategic partnership with the UAE in various domains.
"This is the fourth time I visit the UAE and meet with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The UAE plays a key and pivotal role in pursuing sustainable development, peace and stability in the Middle East," Abe said.
He also voiced his appreciation for the UAE's policy towards developments in the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East, aimed at de-escalating tension and maintaining regional peace.
"This certainly reflects the UAE leadership's wise and balanced approach and the country's role in maintaining regional stability," he added.
He voiced Japan's concern over the situation in the region and referred to its continuous efforts to defuse regional tension and the decision to send a Maritime Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to ensure safety of navigation. Abe reiterated that Japan is interested in strengthening cooperation with the UAE.
He also said that the 2020 is going to be a historic year for the UAE and Japan as the former will host EXPO 2020 Dubai, while the latter will play host Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.