His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the President of Colombia at Expo 2020 Dubai. Image Credit: Courtesy: Dubai Media Office

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, along with Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, today met Ivan Duque Marquez, the President of Colombia, at Expo 2020 Dubai.

During their meeting, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and President Marquez discussed ways to boost bilateral relations.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid praised the friendly relations between the UAE and the Republic of Colombia, in light of their mutual views on a number of regional and international issues. He also highlighted the importance of further boosting bilateral relations for the benefit of the two nations.

Stronger ties

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his confidence that stronger ties between the two countries will further enhance convergence and cooperation in various fields. He underscored the opportunities available for Colombia in terms of accessing the region’s markets through utilising the UAE’s established logistics infrastructure and its strong trade and economic ties with other markets.

Furthermore, Sheikh Mohammed also highlighted the prospects available for the business and investment sectors in the country to access the markets of Colombia and Latin America.

Partnerships in vital sectors

For his part, the Colombian president praised the close ties between the UAE and Colombia, which has witnessed remarkable development over the past years and partnerships in a number of vital sectors, including entrepreneurship and youth development. President Marquez also congratulated the UAE for hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai, which he described as an ideal opportunity to promote bilateral relations between the two countries

As part of the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and President Marquez witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on joint cooperation on government experience and governance. The MoU, which was exchanged by Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and Maria Paula Correa Fernandez, Chief of Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia, reflects the UAE’s keenness to share its pioneering experience in the development of government work.

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The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee; Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and a number of ministers and high-ranking officials.

The official delegation accompanying the Colombian president includes the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Industry, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Environment and a group of businessmen.