UAE keen to boost economic ties with ASEAN

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The meeting was attended by the ambassadors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam accredited to the UAE…reports Asian Lite News

 Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President, has met with the ambassadors of the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accredited to the UAE.

The meeting reviewed the friendship and cooperation relations between the UAE and ASEAN countries and ways to develop them across various fields further. It also touched upon regional and international issues of common interest.

Dr. Gargash highlighted the UAE’s interest in strengthening its relations with ASEAN countries, especially in the economic and investment sectors, as well as promoting cooperation to higher levels and forging overall strategic partnerships.

The ambassadors expressed their appreciation for the UAE and their keenness to enhance cooperation. They expressed their thanks for the support provided by the country for the participation of the ASEAN General Secretariat at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The meeting was attended by the ambassadors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam accredited to the UAE.

Earlier this month, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, invited Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, to visit the UAE to witness the signing of the UAE-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Widodo commended the privileged relations between the two countries and the developmental drive championed by the UAE over the past fifty years, hailing the rapid and steady growth in their bilateral relations in various fields and sectors. He expressed his hope that this visit would contribute to further strengthening cooperation in various fields.

The Emirati-Indonesian relations have significantly grown over the past years, especially following the visit by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to the Asian nation in July 2019, which resulted in the signing of memoranda of understanding worth $32 billion.

A number of Emirati companies are currently working on promising projects, including Indonesia’s first floating solar power plant by Masdar, and a project between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Indonesia’s Pertamina to develop petrochemicals and gas.

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