ArmInfo. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Mohamed AlZaabi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Armenia, who is completing his diplomatic mission in our country, the press service of the Armenian PM informs.
The Prime Minister said the Ambassador's tenure was marked by effective cooperation between Armenia and the UAE. Nikol Pashinyan stressed that the Armenian government is interested in UAE's reform experience. "We hope that in the near future Armenia will become even more attractive to your country's business circles, which in turn will help us implement various investment projects," the Prime Minister said, highlighting the contribution made by the Intergovernmental Economic Commission, which held its first meeting last spring in Yerevan.
The Premier highlighted the fact of high-level bilateral political relations and thanked the UAE side for its balanced position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Prime Minister also thanked the UAE government for supporting Armenia in the fight against COVID-19 and expressed confidence that the pandemic would be overcome through close cooperation. In turn, Mohamed AlZaabi thanked Prime Minister Pashinyan and the Armenian government for effective cooperation, noting that he would continue to maintain close ties with Armenia and the Armenian people. The Ambassador said he was impressed by those ambitious reforms implemented by the Armenian government's young members that led to several positive results over the past one year.
According to Mohamed AlZaabi, bilateral trade and economic relations, as well as tourism saw tangible growth last year. Mr. Zaabi stressed that the UAE government, too, is keen to develop multifaceted cooperation with Armenia in agriculture, healthcare, food security, tourism, air communications and other spheres of mutual interest. The Ambassador noted that the UAE will continue to implement charitable programs in Armenia. He praised the charity projects carried out under Anna Hakobyan's guidance.
The parties expressed confidence that the two governments will be able to bolster the ongoing interaction through joint efforts after the global pandemic. It should be noted that according to the RA Statistical Committee, the foreign trade turnover between the RA and the UAE in January-May 2020 amounted to $ 71.6 million, which is 30.8% higher than the annual indicator. At the same time, exports grew 2.5 -fold, amounting to $ 64.7 million, while imports fell by 75.8% to $ 6.9 million.