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Abu Dhabi and Queensland sign economic cooperation agreement

Agreement to lead a new phase of partnership and strategic cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Queensland

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Abu Dhabi: The Government of Abu Dhabi and the Australian State of Queensland Monday signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen strategic cooperation in a number of economic and development sectors and thus contribute to the strengthening of relations between the two sides.

The agreement was signed by Nasser Ahmad Al Suwaidi, chairman of Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi, representing the Government of Abu Dhabi, and Campbell Newman, Premier of the State of Queensland Government.

General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Monday received Newman and his accompanying delegation after the agreement was signed.

Shaikh Mohammad expressed his satisfaction with the signing of the cooperation agreement, and said that he was confident that it will lead to a new phase of partnership and strategic cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Queensland. Shaikh Mohammad added that the agreement represents a strong boost in the framework of joint work and cooperation for the mutual benefit of both peoples.

Newman stressed Queensland’s keenness to further enhance relations with the UAE. He expressed his wishes that the agreement would meet the aspirations of both parties.

Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, and other Shaikhs and senior officials were present.

Before the signing ceremony, Al Suwaidi said,“Today we are looking forward to expanding the circle of mutual cooperation between the two sides to include several strategic sectors, particularly in the fields of industry, environment, tourism, trade and other sectors, which constitute the hub and a prime platform for building relationships and sustainable partnerships between the two sides”, he said.