The United Arab Emirates and Austria discussed deepening economic and political ties during a meeting in Vienna on Thursday.
UAE minister of state Dr Sultan Al Jaber and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz held talks about strengthening co-operation in the commercial, investment and energy sectors, UAE's state news agency WAM reported.
Dr Al Jaber discussed developing relations in the fields of hydrocarbon and renewables, petrochemicals, economy, IT, trade, education and tourism, WAM said.
The meeting came as Dr Al Jaber, who is also the group chief executive of oil major Adnoc, was visting the Austrian capital during the OPEC meeting. The oil ministers have reached an agreement in principle to boost oil production, achieving a last-minute compromise that overcame Iran’s threats to veto any supply hike.
The Austrian chancellor lauded the UAE’s efforts in combating extremism and promoting tolerance. He also commended the growing relations between Austrian and UAE companies, citing the recent agreement between OMV and ADNOC.
More than 180 Austrian companies are operating in the UAE. Meanwhile, the UAE-Austria Joint Committee for Cooperation is seeking to expand cooperation and partnerships in trade and technology.
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