Abdullah bin Zayed and Canadian counterpart open U.A.E. Consulate-General in Toronto
TORONTO: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, U.A.E.'s Foreign Minister, accompanied by John Baird, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, has opened the Consulate-General of the United Arab Emirates in Toronto.
The country's Consulate is its second in the continent of North America, and will contribute to strengthening the ties of cooperation in the trade sectors and business communities in both countries.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials from both sides.
Sheikh Abdullah then visited the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, which was founded in 2000.
During his visit, accompanied by John Baird, Sheikh Abdullah was briefed on the most prominent academic disciplines and research programmes, as well as reviewing and exchanging views on important regional and international developments.
The U.A.E.'s Foreign Minister and his Canadian Counterpart signed a Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations between the U.A.E. and Canada at Munk School's headquarters.
Sheikh Abdullah expressed his pleasure at visiting a number of Canadian cities to promote bilateral relations between the two friendly nations, expressing confidence that the visit will contribute to strengthening that relationship.
During a press conference held with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs at the school's headquarters, Sheikh Abdullah said, "The diplomatic relations between the two countries, which were established during 1974, developed significantly and effectively and are represented by the high-level visits of the leaders of the two countries over the past years, and this visit comes to crown 40 years of cooperation and diplomatic relations." He noted that the number the Canadians residing in the U.A.E. in 2013 amounted to approximately 40,000.
For his part, Mr. Baird highlighted his country's interest in boosting bilateral cooperation with the U.A.E., which is one of the most important business centres in the Middle East, encouraging many companies in the private and public sector and economic institutions in Canada to discuss strengthening the country's trade presence and market its industrial and technological products in the region through the U.A.E., as the country possesses many of the advanced infrastructure services and provides appropriate competitive facilities.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah discussed bilateral relations between the two countries with Mr. Baird, and promoted the exchange of official visits between senior officials as well as ways to boost cooperation in the sectors of trade, economic, investment, industrial, transportation, gas and renewable energy, food security, contributing to the achievement of common interests between the two countries.
They also reviewed current developments in the Middle East and a number of regional and international issues of common interest.