President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (right) with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Image Credit: X/@MohamedBinZayed

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, discussed the strength of bilateral relations and strategic cooperation between the two countries and opportunities to develop ties to serve mutual interests, in addition to various regional and international developments.

This came during Sheikh Mohamed's reception of the Dutch Prime Minister today at Qasr Al Shati in Abu Dhabi, where the President welcomed Rutte and expressed his hope that the visit would contribute to advancing UAE-Netherlands relations in key fields.

On his official X account, Sheikh Mohamed said: “Today I met with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (@MinPres) to review the longstanding ties between the UAE and the Netherlands. We are keen to further strengthen these relations and harness opportunities to foster growth and progress for both our nations and our people.”

He conveyed his greetings to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and his wishes for His Majesty's continued health and well-being, as well as further prosperity for the people of the Netherlands.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed bilateral cooperation in the investment, economic, educational, cultural, technology, and science fields.

They also discussed renewable energy, sustainable development and climate action.

The meeting also addressed the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), which the UAE will host later this year. In this context, they emphasised their joint commitment to working collectively to achieve outcomes that represent a significant breakthrough in international climate action and benefit all without exception.

Both sides noted that the UAE and the Netherlands share a notable interest in environmental, climate, renewable energy, and sustainability issues.

Sheikh Mohamed and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands also exchanged views on numerous regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The meeting addressed the importance of joint efforts to promote the values of tolerance, coexistence, peace, and human fraternity in order to achieve stability and sustainable development for all.

Sheikh Mohamed affirmed the strength of UAE-Netherlands relations, noting that the two countries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties last year.

The President also emphasised the UAE's keenness to enhance this cooperation in the coming period and leverage opportunities that will foster further progress and prosperity for both nations and their peoples.

Sheikh Mohamed underscored the strength and diversity of bilateral economic relations encompassing vital sectors such as renewable energy, food security, technology, water, agriculture, trade, and more.

He noted that non-oil trade exchange between the two countries reached $4.6 billion last year, with a growth rate of 7.2 per cent compared to 2021.

Sheikh Mohamed highlighted that there are approximately 350 Dutch companies operating in the UAE in key sectors, and the UAE is one of the Netherlands’ most important trading partners in the Arab world.

The President pointed out that the UAE’s commitment to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and renewable energy builds upon its rich legacy of backing global endeavours and initiatives that champion sustainable development and global economic prosperity.

He further remarked that the UAE's strategy of economic diversification has been instrumental in supporting its economic robustness, aligning with its future vision, and enhancing its international stature and competitiveness.

Rutte expressed his appreciation to Sheikh Mohamed for the warm reception, emphasising his country's keenness to strengthen cooperation with the UAE.

Rutte also noted that the Netherlands shares many interests with the UAE, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, green economy, renewable energy, food security, and climate action, among other fields.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court; Ali Mohammed Hammad Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security; Dr Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and a number of senior officials.