The Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has paid a courtesy call on President Mohamed Nasheed today.

At the meeting, discussions were focused on a number of issues of interest to both countries covering economic and commercial matters as well as cooperation in areas such as education, healthcare and renewable energy.

President Nasheed noted the UAE-Maldives friendly relations and underscored strengthening them in all areas.

He also briefed the Minister on the Maldives’ reform process and the government’s economic policy. He further explored the possibility of UAE assistance to improve the Maldives’ economy.

Sheikh Al Nahyan thanked the President and the government, for the warm welcome and generous hospitality that was accorded to him and to the members of his delegation.

He also noted the UAE and the Maldives have shared good bilateral relations and expressed his confidence that these relations would enhance during the tenure of President Nasheed.

Speaking further, Sheikh Al Nahyan said he understood there were lots of challenges to the development of the Maldives. However, he said that during his short visit to the Maldives, he has come to know that there were lots of opportunities too.

The Minister assured the President that the UAE would continue its support and cooperation to the Maldives.