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Abu Dhabi crown prince meets Russian president over expansion of bilateral ties

Abu Dhabi crown prince meets Russian president over expansion of bilateral ties

Dubai, Oct. 16 : Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held an official meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday over expansion of bilateral relations.

During the meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the crown prince expressed his hopes that Putin’s visit would achieve the set goals and objectives to boost UAE-Russia ties across multiple sectors, the official WAM news agency reported.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international developments, particularly on the Gulf and the Middle East region.

The crown prince said that the UAE is keen on furthering relations with Russia across multiple sectors, adding that the UAE and Russia agreed on the need to confront the threat of terrorism and extremism.

Putin said that the bilateral relations continue to grow in a friendly and constructive context.

He noted that Russian tourists to the UAE increased by 23 percent last year, adding some 1.3 billion U.S. dollars to the UAE’s tourism economy.