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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 18/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on ways to boost bilateral relations and cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The two sides also tackled the latest developments in the region and issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, held at the Presidential Palace in Moscow, Gen. Shaikh Mohammed conveyed the greetings of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to President Putin and his wishes to the Russian people for more progress and prosperity.

The Russian president welcomed the visit of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, expressing the hope that it would promote bilateral ties in the best interest of the two countries.

For his part, Gen. Shaikh Mohammed said the UAE, led by Shaikh Khalifa, "is keen on building a stronger cooperation, scientific, economic, trade and investment partnership with the Federal Republic of Russia based on mutual respect, cooperation and continuous coordination to achieve our joint strategic interests."

He expressed the hope that the visit would be fruitful, noting that the economic relations with Russia have developed, especially after Russia adopted policies of economic openness and regulations that encourage the flow of investments and trade.

The meeting also tackled the existing strategic dialogue between Russia and the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States (GCC).

The two sides stressed their keenness on continuous coordination over the regional and international issues of concern to both sides.

At the conclusion of the talks, President Putin conveyed his regards and best wishes to the UAE President, also extending his hopes for more progress and prosperity to the UAE people.

Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Presidential Assistant Yuri Ushakov and Omer Saif Ghobash, UAE's Ambassador to Russia, attended the meeting.

A banquet was hosted by the Russian President in honour of Shaikh Mohammed.


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