Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed tours Expo 2020 Dubai

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation will visit the US this week for a high-level meeting

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, toured Expo 2020 Dubai on Saturday evening before a diplomatic mission to the US this week.

He visited the pavilions hosted by Gulf nations, starting with the Saudi pavilion in the Opportunity District.

“Today, at Expo 2020 Dubai, our hearts get together on love, brotherhood and co-operation to work together to consolidate the positive global reputation of the GCC countries and to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development for our peoples," said Sheikh Abdullah.

Sheikh Abdullah visited the Qatar pavilion which shows visitors a sneak peek into some of the preparations for World Cup 2022, and the Bahrain pavilion, which teaches visitors about how the country is positioned to create opportunities for achieving sustainable development.

The largest GCC pavilion belongs to Kuwait, which also lays out a sustainability plan under the banner “New Kuwait, New Opportunities for Sustainability”. The panoramic cinema screen showed Sheikh Abdullah the story of Kuwait's presence at Expo over the years.

The minister was also welcomed at the Oman pavilion, inspired by the frankincense tree. The country's Expo message is centred around the Oman 2040 vision.

The country's most senior diplomat will visit the US for talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, October 13.

They will be joined later by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid for trilateral talks to discuss progress made since the signing of the Abraham Accords last year, a statement released on Saturday night by the US Department of State said.

Future opportunities for collaboration and bilateral issues, including regional security and stability, are all on the agenda.

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Updated: October 10th 2021, 3:14 PM