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‘Efforts Made to Enhance Relations Between UAE and Philippines’

by Dubaiforum

The United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, recently met with Philippine counterpart Enrique Manalo in Manila as part of a working visit. The meeting, held on June 4th, 2024, aimed at strengthening the relationship between the two nations as they approach the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties in August 1974.

During the discussions, both ministers focused on fostering bilateral relations and outlining plans for expanded cooperation across various sectors. They acknowledged the strong foundation built on mutual respect, collaboration, and a shared commitment to their citizens’ well-being.

The milestone of 50 years of diplomatic relations provided an opportunity to explore avenues for enhancing the partnership. Sheikh Abdullah underscored the UAE’s desire for a flourishing relationship aligned with the development goals of both countries, particularly in trade and investment.

One of the key points of discussion was the potential for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement that could significantly boost trade and economic activity between the UAE and the Philippines. The importance of the large Filipino expatriate community in the UAE was also recognized, with Sheikh Abdullah expressing deep appreciation for their contributions to the country’s economy and society.

In addition to meeting Minister Manalo, Sheikh Abdullah also met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during his visit. Their discussions echoed the themes of cooperation and growth, with President Marcos expressing gratitude for the UAE’s support and emphasizing the relationship’s depth and potential for further development.

The UAE and the Philippines share a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship, and this high-level visit aimed to solidify that partnership and lay the groundwork for even closer collaboration in various fields. With a focus on economic cooperation and a strong appreciation for the human element that binds the two nations, the future looks promising for the Philippines and the UAE as they enter a new chapter in their bilateral ties.

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