Thu 03-03-2022 19:02 PM
RABAT, 3rd March, 2022 (WAM) — Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), has said that the historical, geographic and cultural ties linking Arab and African peoples are key drivers enhancing their mutual relations, and strengthening these ties is a priority of Arab and African governments.
He made this statement during his speech at the opening session of the 11th meeting of the Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and Arab World Conference, which began today in Rabat, Morocco, under the theme, “Cooperation and Afro-Arab solidarity as a basis for urban upgrading and development in the context of the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Ghobash also highlighted a growing number of global challenges, including conflicts. He referred to the importance of achieving overall food security amidst the challenges posed by climate change and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite Africa’s significant agricultural potential, investments in agriculture are still below expectations, he added. The UAE and other countries believe in the importance of joint Arab, African and international action to make the initiative, titled, “Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate,” a success.
The Emirati delegation at the event included FNC members Saeed Rashid Al Abedy, Dr. Tariq Humaid Al Tayer, Sabreen Hassan Al Yamahi, Hamid Ali Al Shamsi, Maryam Majid bin Theneya, Ahmed Hamad Bou Shehab, Azra Hassan bin Rakad, Afra Bakheet Al Alili, as well as Dr. Omar Abdulrahman Salem Al Nuaimi, FNC Secretary-General, and Afraa Al Busti, Assistant Secretary-General for Parliamentary Communication.
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