President Sheikh Mohamed receives EU's Ursula von der Leyen in Abu Dhabi

The two leaders review global efforts to tackle climate change and ways to boost co-operation between the UAE and the European Union

President Sheikh Mohamed meets EU's Ursula von der Leyen

President Sheikh Mohamed meets EU's Ursula von der Leyen
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President Sheikh Mohamed on Thursday reviewed global efforts to combat climate change during talks in Abu Dhabi with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The two leaders underlined the importance of supporting international efforts to address the climate crisis and achieve key sustainability targets, state news agency Wam reported.

They discussed the upcoming Cop28 conference, in which world leaders and environmental advocates will gather in Dubai to help protect the future of the planet.

Sheikh Mohamed and Ms von der Leyen explored ways to boost co-operation between the Emirates and the EU, as well as reviewing regional and international developments.

Ms von der Leyen arrived in the capital on Thursday for a working visit.

She stressed her commitment to strengthening links between the EU and the Emirates in a message on social media following the meeting.

"Thank you President Sheikh Mohamed for the excellent exchanges today," the EU President wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

"We both want to make Cop28 a success and I look forward to our continued co-operation. We will work across the board to reinforce UAE-EU relations."

The international community will come together at Cop28, being held at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12, to lead the charge towards a more sustainable future.

Majid Al Suwaidi, the event's director general, has previously stated that Cop28 will be the most important climate conference since Paris in 2015, when delegates pledged to limit global warming rises to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels.

Gulf nations have established close ties with the European bloc in recent decades, including in areas of investment and trade.

The EU chief's trip comes at the same time as that of Luigi Di Maio, the bloc's special representative to the Gulf, who is on a three-day visit to the Emirates to meet senior UAE officials.

The meeting was attended by several senior Emirati officials, including Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Cop28 President-designate, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Minister of Investment, as well as the European delegation.

Updated: September 07, 2023, 3:13 PM