General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has hailed UAE-Japan's ties as distinguished and were receiving support and care from leaderships of both countries.
Sheikh Mohamed said he was looking forward to take bilateral relations to a new era of promising cooperation where the two countries can share expertise in areas of education, scientific research, physiotherapy, industry, technology and renewable energy.
Sheikh Mohamed made his remarks during a meeting today in the Japanese capital Tokyo with Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, in attendance of. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister. The two sides discussed ways of enhancing friendly ties between the two countries as well as an array of issues of common interest.
The Japanese minister welcomed Sheikh Mohamed and his accompanying delegation, stressing that the trip signifies the progress of bilateral ties in all fields. He expressed Japan's sincere desire to expand cooperation with the UAE and generate new opportunities for joint projects. Both leaderships of the UAE and Japan, he affirmed, were keen to strengthen these ties for serving mutual interests.
The meeting was attended by Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, Nasser Ahmed Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Director of the Department of East Asia and Pacific, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Saeed Ali Yousef Al Nowais, UAE. Ambassador to Japan.
Mohamed bin Zayed visits Emperor Meiji Shrine
General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday had a glimpse of Japan’s ancient history, visiting the Meiji Shrine and learned about the history and life of the great Emperor as part of his two-day state visit to Japan.
Emperor Meiji (November 3, 1852 – July 30, 1912), or Meiji the Great was the 122nd Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from February 3, 1867 until his death on July 30, 1912. He presided over a time of rapid change in the Empire of Japan, as the nation quickly changed into a world power, characterised by Japan's industrial revolution. By the time of his death in 1912, Japan had undergone a political, social, and industrial revolution at home and emerged as one of the great powers on the world stage.
Sheikh Mohamed was informed about the shrine building at Shibuya, Tokyo, that is dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Construction began in 1915 and completed in 1920. Meiji Shrine is located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square-meters (about 175 acres). This area is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees of 365 different species, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established. The forest is visited by many as a recreation and relaxation area in the centre of Tokyo.
Sheikh Mohamed, who was accompanied by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, took a tour of the shrine which is composed of two major areas:
Naien is the inner precinct, which is centered on the shrine buildings and includes a treasure museum that houses articles of the Emperor and Empress.
Gaien is the outer precinct, which includes the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery that houses a collection of 80 large murals illustrative of the events in the lives of the Emperor and his consort. It also includes a variety of sports facilities, including the National Stadium, and the Meiji Memorial Hall.
General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, has said that relations between the U.A.E. and Japan represent a model for the ever-evolving relationship.
He also highlighted the keenness of the leaderships of both countries, since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1971, to promote and develop these relations in various fields in a way that achieves the interests of the two countries and enhances the well-being and prosperity of their peoples.
In a press statement upon his arrival at Tokyo Haneda International Airport at the beginning of his official visit to Japan, Sheikh Mohamed expressed hope that the visit will contribute to achieving a quantum leap in the march of bilateral relations and be an important occasion to exchange views on current developments and work on exerting every possible effort in support of peace and stability in the region.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said, "I can only express my happiness at visiting the friendly country of Japan and meeting with His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan and Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister and Japanese officials. On this occasion, I would like to convey the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to His Majesty the Emperor and the Prime Minister and his wishes for Japan for further progress and prosperity. "
He added, "I have come back today to Japan after my visit in 2007, demonstrating that relations between the two countries are based on a strong foundation driving it forward to further growth and development in all fields and to serve the common interests of the two countries and the two friendly peoples. It also confirms that the relations between the two countries are strategic and necessary for the continued progress and prosperity for our peoples."
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi further stated that, "If the United Arab Emirates, led by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to strengthen its external partnerships and establish special relations with the countries of the world in all fields, then Japan represents a particular importance as part of this drive as it represents a successful development model, succeeding to put Japan on the map of developed countries." He pointed out that the ties between the two countries have seen a quantum leap over the past few years, culminating in the signing of several cooperation agreements in a number of areas with the aim of strengthening economic relations and the development of trade in the goods and services sector and developing investment between the two sides.
He noted that, "There is outstanding cooperation in the scientific and academic fields between the two countries, as many of our Emirati students are completing their higher studies in Japan and in the future, we are seeking to promote this approach in order to maximise the benefits of scientific and technological renaissance taking place in Japan, in building a base of Emirati cadres in the field of modern science and technology to serve the march of development and progress in the United Arab Emirates."
Sheikh Mohamed explained that the U.A.E. and Japan today possess many opportunities for developing bilateral relations and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. In this regard, he pointed out that the U.A.E. aims to boost its knowledge-based economy and benefit from different experiences in the world in this concern, especially those of Japan, as it represents a gateway to the markets of the Middle East and North Africa and is currently the first trade partner in the region for many countries around the world. He also highlighted that Japan is the world's third largest economic power and has enormous expertise in the industry and technology sectors, thus, the two countries are able to strengthen their strategic partnership to enhance the welfare and prosperity of the two peoples.
Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi named member of the board of ADFD
General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued a resolution appointing Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, as member at the board of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).