Turkmenistan leader talks trade

The country's president is the first world leader to visit Burj Khalifa.

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The president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, concluded a two-day visit to the UAE yesterday after discussing trade issues with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The statesmen discussed enhancing relations between the two countries in the fields of industry, economy and technology, the state news agency, WAM, reported.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, accompanied the president on a tour of the recently opened Burj Khalifa where he viewed the city from the 126th floor. He was the first foreign president to visit the 828-metre landmark. The Dubai visit followed a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, during which Mr Berdimuhamedov spoke of the historic ties between the countries, established by Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the nation.

The president visited Sheikh Zayed's tomb at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The Turkmen president wrote in the visitors' book: "May Allah have mercy on late Sheikh Zayed since the whole world is missing him. He was an example for all mankind in compassion, generosity, peace and brotherhood. He is a man rarely seen in the world." Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed pledged the UAE's support for Turkmenistan's efforts to improve its infrastructure, educational, health, social and transport services.