UAE President emphasises deep respect for relationship with ASEAN


President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has emphasised the UAE's deep respect for its relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

On the sidelines of the GCC-ASEAN summit in Riyadh, Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE's economic and trade ties with the ASEAN bloc have seen significant progress in recent years, and efforts are underway to strengthen these partnerships.

He added that the Riyadh summit marks a new phase of cooperation between the GCC and ASEAN across diverse fields.

The two sides are working on a joint action plan for 2024-2028, which covers political, economic, commercial, investment, and other domains.

"This collaboration is especially significant given the close ties between the two sides and the myriad of opportunities to enhance shared interests in various areas, particularly in developmental sectors that serve aspirations for growth and prosperity," Sheikh Mohamed said while addressing the summit.

"Today, as we assemble, our region faces a grave conflict, and the toll and risks associated with it amplify daily, especially in humanitarian terms," he added.

His Highness offered condolences to the families of all victims of this conflict, reiterating the call for an immediate ceasefire to prevent further escalation and its threat to regional peace.

He also emphasised the priority of protecting civilians and opening humanitarian corridors for the transportation of medical and relief aid to the Gaza Strip.

The summit was inaugurated on Friday by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

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