Sat 18-03-2017 13:04 PM

Abdullah bin Zayed meets his Argentine counterpart, signs three MoUs

BUENOS AIRES, 18th March, 2017 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met on Friday with Foreign Minister of Argentine, Susana Mabel Malcorra.

Sheikh Abdullah was accorded an official reception upon his arrival at the venue. The national anthems of the UAE and Argentine were played, followed by an inspection of the Guard of Honour by Shaikh Abdullah. He laid a wreath at the memorial.

The two ministers discussed mutual cooperation between the UAE and Argentine and ways to enhance them in various domains. They also exchanged views on a number of regional and global issues of mutual interests. Sheikh Abdullah stressed the strong UAE-Argentine relations and keenness on boosting them.

Malcorra welcomed Sheikh Abdullah's visit, stressing keenness of Argentine to develop its ties with the UAE.

Sheikh Abdullah also chaired the first meeting of the UAE-Argentine joint ministerial committee.

Sheikh Abdullah and Malcorra signed three Memoranda of Understanding, MoUs. One related to giving exemption of diplomatic and special official passport holders from pre-entry visa. The second regarding exemption of pre-entry visa for ordinary passports holders, and last MoU was granting permission to families of diplomats and consuls to work in both countries.

In his speech before the committee, Sheikh Abdullah extended thanks and appreciation to Susana Malcorra and members of the delegation. He also hailed Argentine's hosting of the first joint ministerial committee meeting of the two countries.

He noted that the relations between the UAE and Argentine are distinguished, stable and enjoy mutual respect, and joint desire to develop them to achieve the aspirations of the higher leadership of the two countries.

He said that the meeting presents an opportunity to enhance bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. "This is an effective platform to present proposals and practical solutions to enhance cooperation, explore opportunities and overcome challenges," he added.

The cooperation horizons between the UAE and Argentine are not confined on political approach or economic partnerships, he said, adding that the UAE sees that there is a precious opportunity for technical cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two sides.

Later, Sheikh Abdullah held a joint press conference with Argentine's Foreign Minister, during which he extended thanks to Malcorra for the constructive discussions. He also extended thanks for the Argentine people for warm welcome during his visit. He expressed his full confidence that the two countries will continue cooperation in the future.