Algerian President receives Mohamed bin Zayed

Algerian President receives Mohamed bin Zayed

Algiers: His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held talks here yesterday with Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika over ways of enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation to serve the interests of the two brotherly countries and their people.

The Algerian President received, at Al-Shaab Palace, Sheikh Mohamed and his accompanying delegation. The delegation includes H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, in addition to a number of senior officials.

The two sides took note of the progress the Emirati-Algerian bonds were making, thanks to the tremendous support shown by leaders of the two countries.

Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to take its relations of cooperation with Algeria to new heights to promote mutual interests.

For his part, the Algerian head of state expressed his satisfaction at the level of progress in bilateral ties and affirmed his country's determination to push them forward to deliver benefits for the two brotherly countries and people.

As they exchanged cordial talks, Sheikh Mohamed and President Bouteflika expressed their pride at the historic bonds between the two countries and pledged to strengthen them in a manner that promotes mutual interests.

The talks also explored ways of strengthening economic and trade relations to ensure continuous coordination and cooperation for establishing partnerships in the industrial and commercial sectors. The two sides also discussed the prospects of sharing experiments and expertise in investment, economic and industrial sectors.

They also discussed the latest Arab, regional and international developments and exchanged views on a broad range of issues of mutual interest. They stressed the need to make every effort to realise peace, security and stability in the region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Mohammed bin Rashid receives Prime Minister of Finland

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday afternoon received at Al Zabeel Palace Prime Minister of Finland Jyrki Katainen.

H. H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority attended the meeting.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and Katainen exchanged views on the current situation in the region. They also discussed the relations between the UAE and Finland and ways to enhance them, especially in the areas of innovation, knowledge economy and water technology. 

Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the expansion of scope of cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two countries, especially in the areas of innovation and knowledge, stressing the keenness of UAE on establishing cooperation ties with different countries worldwide.

The UAE Vice President receives the invitation from President of Finland Saul Niinisto to visit Helsinki. Sheikh Mohammed accepted the invitation.

For his part, the Prime Minister of Finland expressed willingness of his country to open new channels for cooperation with the UAE in all levels in the light of surge in the trade exchange, which stood at about at US$500 million.

He praised the progress being witnessed by the UAE, citing the-state-of-art infrastructure and road network.  – Emirates News Agency, WAM


UAE's keenness to host Expo 2020 will boost country's international stature, says Dr. Rashid Ahmed

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has affirmed country's keenness to host Expo 2020 as part of the efforts to boost its stature in the international arena which represents a key element of ''UAE Vision 2021''.

He also pointed out that UAE's bid for hosting the global event before the celebration of the golden jubilee of Union is an important sign to achieve the ambitious vision.

He added that UAE in general and Dubai in particular enjoy prestigious stature globally in addition to their potentials and all other factors of success that will make this international event successful by all standards.

He pointed out that Dubai has always proved its abilities to fulfil the needs in best possible way, in holding international events successfully.

He explained that what is available in the UAE, rarely can be found in one place especially security, infrastructure, advanced technology, logistics and the distinguished organisational capabilities. It has the ability to manage large crowds of exhibitors and visitors which is expected to throng at Expo 2020.

Referring to World Expo 2020 theme, "Connecting Minds, Building the Future, he said the choice confirms UAE's keenness and commitment as a part of the world in rallying efforts of the international community for creative solutions enhancing opportunities to reach acceptable levels of prosperity and welfare for all human communities and make a better future for the coming generations, stressing that visitors of the Expo will see a vivid model for future industry in Dubai.

He also called upon all the community institutions and individuals to support UAE's bid for Expo 2020.  – Emirates News Agency, WAM


FNC calls for authority on food control

Following the scandal witnessed in Europe which brought to light the use of horsemeat in dishes claiming to use ‘beef’, members of the Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday called for the establishment of a federal food control authority to ensure food safety in the country.

The meeting was chaired by Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr and during question hour, FNC member Ahmed Mohammed Rahma Al Shamsi raised the issue over food control.

Also in attendance at the event was Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, and Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

In his question,  Al Shamsi said: “Different kinds of food enter the country without any check(s). A lot of them contain substances that are not fit for human consumption and are not examined. I would like to ask what prevents the Cabinet (from establishing) a federal food control authority so that any kind of food available in the country is examined and approved by the authority (before it reaches) the market for consumers.”

Responding to Al Shamsi’s question, Dr Rashid assured the house that the issue will be raised in the Cabinet, and said that, hopefully soon, there will be a federal level food control authority.

Seven members also tabled a motion relating to food, and agriculture and environment, asking the Government to develop legislations for the protection of the environment and ensuring food security.

The other topic that came under debate was the problems facing soil and vegetation relating to the harmful effects caused by the use of pesticides and fertilisers.

The council also asked the minister to develop national policies with comprehensive studies in order to protect the soil and vegetation and other natural resources.

Another member, Misbah Al Ketbi, called for a federal fund for the support of local farmers with the aim of controlling prices of livestock feed.

“There have been lots of complaints from ranchers about high prices of livestock feed, especially after many farms have been stopped from growing livestock feed. Is the Government planning to create a federal fund to support the prices of these feed?” he asked the minister.

Another issue raised during yesterday’s debate included Government support for fishermen. Member, Ali Issa Nuaimi asked Dr Rashid if there was any project or policy being undertaken to support and further develop the fishing profession.

“The profession of fishing was very important (and) enhances food security and self-efficiency. It is also a major source of food in addition to its contribution to (the) social and economic development of the country,” he added.

Dr Rashid, responding to all these questions, assured the house that all these issues will be considered and raised in the Federal Cabinet.

The house also unanimously passed a resolution with a set of recommendations for the government for food security, environmental protection and the development of agriculture.

The house asked the Government to develop grazing and rangeland monitoring and logging, control and regulate the plant varieties and natural reserves, taking into account that such legislation aligned with the international conventions ratified by the state.

Members also asked for the adherence to international standards and codes of conduct regarding the use of chemicals and pesticides, control and disposal of waste and agricultural waste.

The council also approved the setting up of a permanent in-house committee on human rights to discuss rights issues pertaining to legislations. – Khaleej Times


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