Mohammed Bin Rashid receives Italian PM (UPDATED)

WAM Dubai, Nov 20th, 2012 (WAM) – UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received today at his Zabeel Palace in Dubai, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and the delegation accompanying him.

During the talks, which where held in the presence of the Dubai Deputy Ruler H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, they discussed ways to bolster bilateral relations between UAE and Italy and explored new venues for cooperation in various sphere with particular emphasis on trade and cultural exchange.

Sheikh Mohammed asserted the UAE’s high esteem for Italy and praised the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. He expressed hopes that the standing bilateral ties will continue to grow in various spheres through the efforts being made to expand economic and investment cooperation and partnership.

Sheikh Mohammed also expressed satisfaction over the prospering relations between UAE and Italy, especially in the political and economic fields as a result of the efforts by the Emirati-Italian Joint Committee.

The Italian Premier lauded the deep-rooted relations between the two countries and expressed Italy’s appreciation and respect for UAE’s developmental and humanitarian experience encompassing all fields.

Following the talks the two leaders witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between UAE and Italy in the fields of culture, arts and heritage. Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Al Owais and Italian Ambassador in Abu Dhabi Giorgio Starace signed the agreements representing UAE and Italy respectively.

They also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Emergency Crisis Management Authority (NECMA) of the UAE and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic and Department of Civil Protection. The MoU was signed by Director General of NECMA Mohammed Khalfan Al-Rumaithi and Italian Ambassador Giorgio Starace.

A number of ministers and senior state officials attended the meeting and the signing of the agreements. AB/PH WAM/MMYS