UAE delegation visits Japan

WAM ABU DHABI, 30th August, 2013 (WAM)–Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State visited Japan, where he met a number of Japanese ministers and officials.

The UAE delegation included Sheikh Sultan bin Hamadan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of the Department of East Asia and Pacific at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE Ambassador to Japan Saeed Ali Yusuf Al Nowais, representatives from the Ministry and Masdar.

While in Japan, the UAE delegation met a group of Japanese officials, including Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Trade, Economy and Industry, Fumio Kishida Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Environment, Akira Amari, the Minister in Charge for Economic Recovery and Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko, Yuriko Koike, member of Japan’s House of Representatives and chairwoman of the UAE-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association, Ambassador Kazuo Kodama, Director General of the Institute of Diplomatic Training at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, in addition to a number of businesspersons and representatives from the public and private sectors.

During the meetings, the UAE delegation conveyed the regards of the UAE leadership to the Japanese government and people. Dr Sultan stressed the depth of the friendship and cooperation ties between the two countries. He underlined the keenness of the UAE leadership on strengthening the ties in different areas, especially in the fields of economy, trade, education, research, development, technology and energy.

The UAE minister noted that the two countries enjoy close relation in the areas of politics, economy, trade and culture, and have common position on a number of fundamental issues the international community seeks to tackle such as, non proliferation of nuclear arms, safeguarding of the security and stability, including safe navigation of commercial marine routes, and provision of humanitarian assistance and relief, as well as efforts to achieve sustainable development and tackle the challenges posed by the energy and climate change.

The UAE delegation briefed the Japanese side on the UAE’s bid to host Expo 2020, referring to the UAE’s advanced infrastructure and expertise in this respect.

The UAE delegation’s visit follows the recent visit paid to the UAE by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

The two sides signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation on income and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion, and the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the fields of education, technical and scientific research, and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the cultural field between the Kalima project for translation at the Abu Dhabi Tourism ‘&’ Culture Authority and the Japan Foundation.

It is noteworthy that the two countries established the diplomatic relations in 1971. The UAE Embassy was opened in Tokyo in December 1973, while the Embassy of Japan was opened in Abu Dhabi in April 1974.

The UAE’s exports to Japan include the crude oil, natural gas and aluminum. The UAE is the second largest supplier of crude oil to Japan. Japan is participating in the projects related to energy and water production in the UAE.

The direct Japanese investments in the UAE market in 2012 stood at $364 million (AED1.34 billion). In the same year, the total trade volume between the two countries rose to over $ 53 billion.

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