Abdullah holds talks with Shinzo Abe

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L) shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during a visit to Abe’s official residence in Tokyo on April 3, 2018. / AFP / POOL / ISSEI KATO

Tokyo: The UAE and Japan on Tuesday held talks to boost cooperation in several sectors, including technology, agriculture, renewable energy, defence and space exploration.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Shaikh Abdullah and Abe held talks on ways to develop bilateral relations and joint cooperation between the two countries.

They discussed regional developments, and exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of common concern.

Shaikh Abdullah emphasised that the relations between the UAE and Japan are historic, and stressed the continued keenness to further develop and bolster them in light of the support given to these relations by both countries’ leaderships.

Later, Shaikh Abdullah honoured the family of the late Katsuhiko Takahashi, a Japanese engineer who worked in Abu Dhabi in 1967 and was one of Abu Dhabi Government’s first city planners.

The honour coincides with the Year of Zayed.

Shaikh Abdullah handed Takahashi’s family a letter of thanks, and later accompanied them on a tour of an exhibition that contains photographs of Takahashi with the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and showcases rare city plans for the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Present were Dr Ahmad Abdullah Humaid Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Khalid Omran Al Ameri, UAE’s Ambassador to Japan.

Later, Shaikh Abdullah also met with Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, and Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology.

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