European Union External Action

HR/VP Federica Mogherini meets Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates

Bruxelles, 19/07/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160719_03
Statements by the HR/VP

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of European Commission met today with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

They welcomed the achievements reached in recent months to deepen the EU-UAE relations as manifested by the establishment of an EU Delegation in Abu Dhabi. They also discussed the ways to streamline the implementation of the reciprocal Visa Waiver Agreement concluded in 2015 between the UAE and Member States of the Schengen area for the benefit of the European and Emirati citizens. 

During the meeting, HR/VP Mogherini and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed exchanged views on the situation in the region, in particular in Libya, highlighting the urgency of making further progress towards the stabilisation of the country.

 They also renewed their commitments to explore additional avenues to cooperate more closely in tackling the root causes of violent extremism.

Background 

EU-UAE relations take place in the framework of the EU-GCC Cooperation Agreement concluded in 1988 (hyperlink). The EU Delegation in Abu Dhabi, was opened in 2013. The UAE is an important trade partner for the EU with total trade in goods totalling €57.8 billion in 2015 - with a positive trade balance of €39.1 billion in the EU's favour. A Visa Waiver Agreement was concluded in May 2015 between the UAE and Member States of the Schengen area, the first such agreement with an Arab country. 

EEAS website: EU-GCC relations

Co-Chairs' Statement - 25th EU-GCC Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting

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