Baird Visits United Arab Emirates

April 2, 2013, Abu Dhabi - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), and with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the U.A.E., to discuss a range of issues of common interest.

The meeting built on the positive high-level political dialogue that has been established between Canada and the U.A.E. and the strong personal relationship between the two ministers, who announced that they had accomplished their goal of facilitating travel requirements to increase business, tourism and joint prosperity for their citizens by restoring the visa regime.

The U.A.E. is an important partner for Canada in Middle East peace and security. As Canada's largest export market in the Middle East, the U.A.E. abounds with economic opportunity. The two ministers issued a joint statement on areas for potential collaboration.

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