President Sheikh Mohamed receives Dutch Prime Minister in Abu Dhabi

UAE leader and Mark Rutte reviewed efforts to boost ties between the nations

President Sheikh Mohamed received Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Abu Dhabi. Photo: @MohamedBinZayed / X
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President Sheikh Mohamed on Tuesday discussed efforts to "foster growth and progress" between the UAE and the Netherlands during talks with the country's outgoing prime minister in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Mohamed and Mark Rutte reviewed the long-standing ties between the friendly nations during the meeting.

Mr Rutte was received by the UAE leader at Al Shati Palace as part of a one-day visit to the Emirates.

The head of state underlined the UAE's commitment to bolstering bilateral links in a message posted on social media.

"Today I met with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to review the long-standing ties between the UAE and the Netherlands," Sheikh Mohamed wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

"We are keen to further strengthen these relations and harness opportunities to foster growth and progress for both our nations and our people."

Talks between the leaders centred on co-operation across the economy, education, culture, technology and science, state news agency Wam reported.

Renewable energy, sustainable development and climate action were also on the agenda.

The European nation is expected to have a significant voice at the Cop28 climate conference in Dubai.

Both sides spoke of the need for joint efforts to safeguard the planet.

Mr Rutte is expected to leave office before the end of the year after 13 years in power. He submitted his resignation in July, setting the stage for a general election, due to be held in November.

The two countries are key trading partners and are working together to help combat climate change.

The Netherlands is an agricultural powerhouse and the second largest global exporter of food after the US.

The total value of goods and services trade between the Netherlands and the UAE was €10.2 billion (Dh40.8 billion) in 2022.

Dutch exports to the UAE are largely of food, animals, machinery, transport equipment and chemicals.

Updated: September 26, 2023, 1:09 PM