President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed hope that the state visit by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of the Netherlands to the UAE would deliver a new qualitative leap in the distinguished bilateral relations, energise the joint economic and investment partnership and usher it into new sectors.
Sheikh Khalifa also hoped during talks with HM Queen Beatrix at Al Mushrif Palace that the trip would further bilateral bonds of cooperation and friendship and open up new broader avenues of joint economic and investment fields for the best interest of the peoples of the two friendly countries.
Sheikh Khalifa and his royal guest discussed adequate means to take joint cooperation to new heights and to tap available, promising resources for pushing this cooperation ahead for betterment of mutual interests.
They also exchanged views on latest regional and international developments and topics of common concern.
Sheikh Khalifa said the UAE was sincerely interested in drawing lessons from the Dutch successful development experiment through transfer of knowledge in areas of technology and industry by establishing joint investment ventures.
For her part, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands said she was delighted at visiting the UAE and at meeting with His Highness President Khalifa. HM said she was also impressed with the progress the UAE is making in all walks of life, particularly in economic and civilisational renaissance, which has enabled it to occupy a prominent regional and international status thanks to the wise leadership of President Khalifa.
HM added that her visit to the UAE would spur her country to explore greater opportunities for joint cooperation and partnership through "what we sense in regards to tremendous potentials and rapid achievements in various domains".
She asserted that her trip aims to further bolster these bonds.
The UAE President and the Queen Beatrix of Netherlands exchanged souvenirs. Sheikh Khalifa hosted a luncheon in honour of the visiting Queen of Netherlands.
Earlier, Sheikh Khalifa welcomed on Sunday Her Majesty to the Mushrif Palace where HM was accorded a red carpet reception and a 21-gun salute.
At the Union Hall of the Palace, Queen Beatrix shook hands with a group of ministers and top officials led by Speaker of the Federal National Council Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr.
Then Sheikh Khalifa shook hands with members of delegation accompanying HM including HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, his spouse Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and here Dutch Foreign Minister Uriel Rosenthal.
Sheikh Khalifa and HM Queen Beatrix exchanged honours whereas Sheikh Khalifa presented the Order of Zayed, one of the United Arab Emirates' highest civil decorations accorded to kings and heads of state, to the Queen,who paid gratitude to Sheikh Khalifa for honouring her and lauded the ever-growing bonds between the leaderships and peoples of the two friendly countries.
In her turn, the Queen awarded Sheikh Khalifa one of the highest and prestigious honours in the Kingdom of Netherlands.
The UAE President also conferred the Union Order on HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, and his spouse Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, who both thanked the UAE leader for the noble gesture, which they said signifies the depth of the UAE-Netherlands friendship.
Khalifa receives note from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a note from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on the fraternal ties between the two countries, issues pertaining to the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States (GCC) and a number issues of mutual interest.
The message was delivered on Sunday at Al Dhiafa Palace in Al Musharif to the UAE President by Mesa'ed Al Abian, Cabinet Member, Saudi State Minister and Envoy of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
In turn, Sheikh Khalifa conveyed his regards to his brother Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, wishing him good health and prosperity to the Saudi people under the leadership of King Abdullah.
Present were Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Representative of Ruler in Eastern Region, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, 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 Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to UAE President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, Sheikh Dr Saeed bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of the Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, Dr Hadef Joan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, Ahmed Jumaa Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of the Presidential Affairs and Saudi Ambassador to UAE Ibrahim Al Saad Al Brahim.
Queen of Netherlands tours Zayed Grand Mosque
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, visited in Abu Dhabi on Sunday the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
She was accompanied during the tour by Prince Willem-Alexander, Crown Prince of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Maxima and other senior officials.
Queen Beatrix visited the library of the Zayed Grand Mosque and the tomb of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, adjacent to the Mosque. She expressed her admiration of the mosque as a huge Islamic landmark.
Her Majesty was received by Yusuf Al Obaidli, Director of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre and other officials.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, which belongs to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, is sponsored by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. It is the nucleus of the cultural and intellectual activities.