DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received the Prime Minister of Iraq Dr. Haider Al Abadi in the presence of Deputy Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Dubai this evening.
Sheikh Mohammed reviewed with Al Abadi a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, as well as ways to enhance bilateral relations and increase cooperation between the two countries in different fields.
Welcoming the Iraqi Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation, Sheikh Mohammed renewed the support of the UAE government and its people for the Iraqi people in their endeavour to rebuild their country after defeating terrorism and armed groups which had wreaked havoc on the Iraqi infrastructure, economy and the social fabric among different segments of the society.
He stressed the importance of rallying international efforts to fight terrorism, to pave the way for economic and social development in the region and to provide education and job opportunities to the youth.
Sheikh Mohammed referred to the UAE as a role model for peaceful co-existence among different cultures and ethnicities who enjoy living in a tolerant environment which promotes innovation and excellence.
The meeting touched on the situation in Iraq, and Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the latest developments there and the challenges posed by the armed groups and efforts made to unify the Iraqi ranks in confronting them.
Sheikh Mohammed emphasised the need to engage different components of the Iraqi community in the process of building a modern country, based on tolerance and rejection of sectarianism under a strong and inclusive government. He expressed confidence on the ability of the new government and the Iraqi people to overcome the challenges and to realise their aspirations.
The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, director General of Dubai Ruler’s Court, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department and Iraqi Ambassador Muwafaq Al Hadi.