x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 November 2017

UAE embassies celebrate National Day across the globe

The UAE's diplomatic mission from around the world have marked National Day.

ABU DHABI // The UAE’s diplomatic missions from around the world have marked the 43rd National Day with celebrations of their own.

The UAE Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) hosted 750 ambassadors, senior UN officials and prominent New York City community leaders on Monday to celebrate.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and president of the 69th General Assembly Sam Kutesa praised the country’s support for the important work of the UN.

Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh spoke about the UAE’s strong relationship with the City of New York, through partnerships like NYU Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Museum on Saadiyat Island, and New York’s Global Foundries and Mubadala.

She also introduced a photo exhibition, entitled Ruh Al Itihad — Spirit of the Union.

The UAE’s ties with Britain were highlighted in a London gathering of political, military, diplomatic and business leaders.

Abdulrahman Al Mutaiwee, the UAE’s outgoing ambassador to Britain, said 2014 had been “another wonderful year” for the bond between both countries.

He also announced that a second UAE-UK Pioneers Forum, a careers event aimed particularly at Emiratis studying in Britain and the rest of Europe, would be held on London in February.

In Hong Kong, Ahmed Nasser Al Khaja, the UAE consul general, held a reception with the financial secretary of Hong Kong, John Tsang, who was a guest of honour, president of the legislative council, Jasper Tsang, and a number government and non-government officials.

Mr Al Khaja highlighted the strategic location of the UAE and its economic progress in the global economic landscape and said that Mr Tsang will visit the UAE later this month.

Mr Tsang congratulated the leadership, Government and people of the UAE for the continuous success in various economic and infrastructure sectors.

The UAE embassies in Colombia and Argentina also celebrated the day by hosting receptions and showcasing the achievements of the country.

Colombia’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Patti Londono, attended the ceremony.

UAE ambassador to Colombia, Mohammed Isa Al Qatami, hailed the progressive ties between the UAE and Colombia.

In Buenos Aires, UAE charge d’affaires, Ahmed Hatem Al Manhali, also hosted a reception.

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