x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Sheikh Abdullah attends disarmament conference in The Hague

The UAE has joined the seven other members of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative to call for the ban of the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.

ABU DHABI // The UAE has joined the seven other members of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative to call for the ban of the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.

At a meeting in The Hague this week, the members - the UAE, the Netherlands, Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland and Turkey - focused on the commencement of negotiations of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.

NPDI members, including the UAE, urged North Korea to heed the strong warning and condemnation repeatedly expressed by the international community with regard to the country's missile testing.

The group also stated that they deeply regretted the lack of progress and advancement achieved at the latest Iranian nuclear talks meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Sheikh Abdullah, the UAE Foreign Minster, had private discussions with Frans Timmermans, minister of foreign affairs of the Netherlands on the relations between the UAE and the Netherlands, especially in the areas of investment, trade, culture and politics.

In addition, they exchanged views on important regional issues, most notably Iran, Syria, and the Middle East peace process.

The UAE minister stressed there was joint interest to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries and encourage mutual investments as well as opening new markets.

Sheikh Abdullah said the UAE market was open to Dutch business and that the UAE was an exemplary partner for the Netherlands in the Arabian Gulf region.

On the sidelines, Sheikh Abdullah also met with the Japanese foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, to discuss bilateral relations and ways to enhance them.

amustafa@thenational.ae