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Lubna Al Qasimi discusses bilateral cooperation with Australia

WAM ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2013 (WAM) — The Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has discussed prospects of enhancing cooperation between the UAE and Australia in various international development and humanitarian issues.

The discussions came during a meeting at the ministry in Abu Dhabi today with Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, and his accompanying delegation. Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the UAE was also present.

The UAE’s efforts in support of international development, provision of relief to those affected by humanitarian crises and disasters in various countries of the world through coordination with all countries in the world were highlighted, particularly cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) over the past three years, which led to the country obtaining the honour of becoming the16th most generous country in the world in granting aid.

Sheikha Lubna emphasized that the philosophy of the wise leadership of the UAE has established the State’s obligations towards others in the world, regardless of their nationalities and religions.

She also stressed that the UAE has given top priority to the issues concerning refugees and dealing with humanitarian crises in order to alleviate the suffering of those who have been displaced from their homelands, pointing out the presence of more than 40 Emirati Relief Foundations, which are providing support all around the world.

For his part, the Australian Foreign Minister lauded the UAE’s efforts and achievements in terms of humanitarian action and international development, especially with regard to contributions to the alleviation of the suffering of Syrian refugees.

He stressed his country’s keenness to deepen the channels of partnership and cooperation with the UAE, and the exchange of best practices and ways to provide support for humanitarian issues.

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