Khalifa receives Kazakh President and Haniyeh

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, received in Abu Dhabi on Monday afternoon at Al Dhiyafa Palace in Al Musharif, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarvbayev, who is currently paying an official visit to the UAE.

Present were His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Khalifa welcomed the Kazakh President, hoping the visit would further enhance the relations between the two friendly countries.

The two sides explored the joint cooperation ties and exchanged views on the latest developments at the regional and international levels, as well as, issues of mutual interest.

For his part, Nazarbayev expressed his pleasure about visiting the UAE and meeting the UAE President, referring to the growing ties between the two friendly countries. He welcomed setting up of joint UAE-Kazakh projects and opening of new avenues for economic, investment and tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Sheikh Khalifa hosted a banquet in honour of the Kazakh President and the delegation accompanying him. Present were Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Ahmed Jumaa Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, Lt. Musbeh Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Office of Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Kazakh Ambassador to UAE Askar Mussinov, the delegation members accompanying the Kazakh President and a number UAE senior officials.

 President meets Ismail Haniyeh 

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated on Monday that the UAE stands by the Palestinian people in their struggle to regain their legitimate rights and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with legitimate international resolutions.

This was stated while the President received Hamas Chief and Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the accompanying delegation, currently on a visit to the UAE as part of a regional tour.

Welcoming them at the Dhiyafa Palace in Mushrif in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the President also stressed the importance of unifying the Palestinian ranks to meet the challenges faced by the Palestinian cause.

Haniyeh briefed the President on the latest developments on the Palestinian arena and the efforts to achieve national reconciliation aimed at restoring Palestinian unity.

Haniyeh also expressed his pride over visiting the UAE and meeting Sheikh Khalifa. He also expressed appreciation and gratitude to the noble stance of the UAE towards the Palestinian people and their just cause.

He offered thanks for the continued support extended by the UAE to the Palestinian people through humanitarian projects and charity, which had a profound impact on the hearts of the Palestinians.

Haniyeh wished the people of UAE continued progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of His Highness the President.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Member Executive Council, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Dr. Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhahiri Minister of Justice, Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, a number of other senior state officials.