UAE intand#039l development minister, Macedonian PM discuss discusses stronger bilateral relations with the

ABU DHABI, 27th October, 2015 (WAM) – Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, discussed with Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, ways to strengthen bilateral relations and bolster development opportunities between their two countries.
During the reception of the Macedonian delegation at the ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi today, Sheikha Lubna underlined the importance of boosting co-operation between the two countries by capitalising on the business status and investment environment in the UAE, co-operating with the Macedonians in the local market, and expanding trade exchange between Macedonia and the Arab region.
She said that the UAE, under the guidance of its wise leadership, is interested in establishing closer co-operation and partnership with the Government of Macedonia, in line with its ongoing commitment to support the capacities of other countries and contribute towards the fulfillment of their peoples’ aspirations. This, she said, is achieved, through launching joint development and economic projects with long-term viability.
The UAE minister added that mutual bilateral relations between the UAE and the Republic of Macedonia are more than 15 years old in various fields, whether in terms of diplomatic representation, trade exchange, or international co-operation in various economic, social, and political sectors.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi praised the evolution of the economic performance of Macedonia, amid the rise of its global economic classification over the past years, having become a “high average” income country compared to its former classification as a “low average” income country until the year 2011.
For his part, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski stressed his country’s keenness on promoting trade exchange and development with the UAE in various economic, social, and political fields, noting the importance of boosting communication between the business communities in the two countries and consolidating the presence of Macedonian companies to boost co-operation.
The Macedonian prime minister praised the UAE for undertaking humanitarian efforts across the world, and noted that the UAE’s wise leadership support development projects in Macedonia that has positive impact on the coutnry’s population.
The meeting was attended by Macedonian officials including Vladimir Peshevski, Vice Prime Minister, Vlado Misajlovski, Minister for Transport and Communication, and Sasho Tashevski, Ambassador to the UAE.
From the Micad side, Hazza Mohammed Falah Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of Ministry of International Co-operation and Development, and Sultan Al Shamsi, Under-Secretary Assistant for International Development at the ministry, attended the meeting.
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