Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah appreciated Sri Lankaís role in protecting the security of sea-lanes in the Indian Ocean, and the significant contribution made by the Sri Lanka Navy in controlling people smuggling activities in these waters.
He made the commentes when Professor G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, met with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Dubai for bilateral discussions recently. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the international conference organized by the government of the United Arab Emirates and attended by Ministers representing more than 20 maritime nations, on the theme of counter piracy and security of sea lanes.
The Foreign Ministers discussed plans for increased collaboration between Sri Lanka and the UAE on political and economic issues. Minister Peiris thanked Sheikh Abdullah Al Nahyan for the strong support extended to Sri Lanka by the U.A.E. in international fora, and was assured of the U.A.E.ís continuing goodwill and support. Prof. Peiris provided his counterpart with a detailed update on developments in Sri Lanka.
The Foreign Minister of the U.A.E. expressed his pleasure about the agreement relating to the Joint Commission between the two countries already in place. The Ministers discussed modalities for implementing the agreement so as to secure the maximum benefits within a short period. Sheikh Abdullah indicated the keenness of the U.A.E. to undertake substantial investment in Sri Lanka, taking advantage of the conditions of peace and stability in the Island. More than 30 leaders of the business community of the Emirates will participate in the Business Forum to be held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in November.