DUBAI, 14th January, 2015 (WAM) — Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received today at Zabeel Palace, Dr. Mohammed Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Sheikh Mohammed and President Ghani discussed overall latest regional and international political, security and economic developments, as well as ways to ensure stability and development in the region.
The Vice President and the Afghan President also tackled the bilateral relations between the UAE and Afghanistan and ways to boost them in all fields, especially in economic, trade and development domains.
President Ghani expressed his country’s desire to benefit from the UAE’s successful experience in the areas of government administration and smart government, highlighting the cultural and urban development being witnessed by the UAE led by its prudent leadership.
During the meeting, the two parties affirmed the importance of building strategic ties in the light of the UAE’s unique experience in various economic, technological, infrastructure and social development and other areas, and also in view of stability and potential growth opportunities in Afghanistan, which seeks to become a bridge between the UAE, and China and India.
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by the Afghan President on the latest developments in Afghanistan and its ties with neighbouring countries, referring to the stability in his country and keenness to preserve good relations with Afghanistan’s neighbours.
Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE places all its expertise and development experience in various sectors in the service of fraternal and friendly peoples to help them achieve growth, prosperity and stability for their peoples.
Vice President and President Ghani attended the signing ceremony of the strategic partnership charter between the UAE and Afghanistan. The charter was inked by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Mohammad Hanif.
The charter deals with bilateral relations and enhancing joint cooperation in various fields.
In attendance at the meeting were H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai International Marine Club, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), and head of the honorary mission accompanying the Afghani President, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State, Mohammed Ibrahim AI Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court, Government of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, the UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan, Yusuf Saif Khamis Al Ali, the accompanying delegation of the Afghani President and Dr. Najibullah Mojadidi, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UAE.