Abu Dhabi Crown Prince meets German Chancellor

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Berlin,  Jan. 18(BNA): Abu Dhabi Crown Prince  and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a meeting with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and  discussed latest developments in the Gulf and the Middle East, especially Libya.

HH Shaikh Mohammed said the UAE and Germany were major strategic partners, and their bilateral relations were growing thanks to the desire of the leadership of both countries to push forward ties in political, economic, cultural and other fields.

He said that the security and stability of the Middle East is in the region and world's interest, given its global strategic importance. He added that the UAE felt great wisdom needs to be exercised in dealing with developments in this region.

He said that Germany, which enjoys considerable regional and global influence as well as good relations with most countries, had an important role to play in working for peace and stability in the region. 

He expressed the UAE’s appreciation for the positive and constructive role played by Germany in seeking to find a political settlement to the crisis in Libya through the Berlin Conference which will be held tomorrow. 

He affirmed the UAE’s full support for the efforts by Germany and the United Nations envoy to Libya to achieve a ceasefire and reach a comprehensive political settlement which would strengthen Arab security and maintain stability in the Mediterranean.

"A political and peaceful solution is the best approach for achieving security and stability in the region and fulfilling the aspirations of the Libyan people", He said.

He pointed out that UAE supported any initiative that would resolve the crisis and help Libya to overcome its suffering by putting an end to interference in its internal affairs, strengthen the pillars of the state and stop the inflow of terrorists into Libya. He added that the UAE has always been on the side of the Libyan people and fully supported their legitimate aspirations for peace, reconciliation, unity and development.

"The UAE looks forward to Chancellor Angela Merkel leading the Berlin Conference on Libya, with such a large and influential international and regional presence, to provide a strong impetus for achieving its goals of returning to constructive dialogue and achieve peace and security in Libya.", he said. 

The two sides agreed on the importance of building Libyan national institutions and restoring law and order to fight the forces of extremism and terrorism and to counter foreign interference in Libya.