General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on Wednesday witnessed the signing ceremony of a number of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).
The two sides signed the schedules on amending the Air Services Agreement between the UAE and Japan . The deal was signed by Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, and Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The two foreign ministers also signed a MoU on the development of joint cooperation committee work between the UAE’s Ministry of Development and International Cooperation and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It aims to boost joint cooperation and understanding over the implementation of international development initiatives and international aid in areas of interest and concern. The UAE Energy Minister, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, and Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, signed a MoU on the peaceful use of nuclear energy  in the UAE. Abdullah Saeed Al Darmeki, CEO of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and Hiroshi Takada, Chairman and CEO of Small and Medium Enterprise and Regional Innovation in Japan, signed an agreement on extension and amendment of the MoU between them.
General Mohammed meets Japanese Emperor
General Shaikh Mohammed also met Emperor Akihito of Japan at Tokyo Imperial Palace during his official two-day visit.
During the meeting, General Shaikh Mohammed conveyed the greetings of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the Japanese Emperor, wishing him good health and happiness and continued progress and prosperity for the friendly people of Japan.
The Emperor of Japan welcomed the visit of General Shaikh Mohammed and his accompanying delegation, commending the cooperation between the two countries in many areas and the “strong historical ties of friendship” between the two countries that are “continuously developing and growing”.
Emperor Akihito asked General Shaikh Mohammed to convey his greetings to Shaikh Khalifa, wishing the UAE government and people further progress, prosperity and development. He lauded the care given by Shaikh Khalifa in developing cooperation and boosting the march of friendly relations between the two countries to new heights of understanding and cooperation.
‘Emirati students abroad are UAE ambassadors’
General Shaikh Mohammed received 52 UAE scholarship students currently studying in a number of Japanese universities at his residence in Tokyo.
He was briefed on the academic disciplines of students and their living conditions in Japan. He urged them to achieve academic success in their endeavours to contribute to the process of building the UAE.
He stressed that Emirati students abroad are ambassadors for their country and should reflect the positive image of the UAE.
The country, he said, looks towards its sons abroad to contribute with their expertise in the march of progress and prosperity.
“The UAE, its leadership and people are hoping for much from you; you are a wealth for the nation’s homeland and its future and you are the best successful investment . Through you we can send a message abroad that we have ambitious national cadres,” he said.
For their part, the Emirati students expressed their pleasure and pride in meeting General Shaikh Mohamed and pledged to him that they will honour the expectations of the country’s leadership. They promised to get the highest academic degrees, enabling them to participate in the march of progress of the nation.
They also expressed their appreciation for everything that is being provided for them in terms of services and support.