UAE's Federal National Council Speaker, New Zealand Ambassador discuss stronger cooperation

ABU DHABI, 30th January 2016 (WAM) — Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council of the UAE, has received Jeremy Clarke-Watson, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the UAE, to discuss ways of promoting bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries in sectors like agriculture, energy and sustainability and through exchange of parliamentary visits.

During the meeting, Al Qubaisi underlined the importance of establishing a parliamentary friendship committee by the FNC and New Zealand’s House of Representatives to exchange expertise, enhance relations and coordinate the positions of both countries at the Inter-Parliamentary Union and international parliamentary meetings.

A large number of political, economic, social, educational and health topics can be agreed on through friendship committees, she noted.

She also noted that “parliamentary diplomacy” and “political diplomacy” complement each other and noted that parliamentary diplomacy today plays roles that are not less important than those of the political foreign policy embraced by governments to bolster bilateral relations.

“Parliamentary diplomacy, which is part of the FNC’s strategies during its 16th legislative chapter, is aimed at promoting and activating parliamentary and political relations with other parliaments and states in parallel with the UAE’s foreign policy and diplomacy,” Al Qubaisi added.

During the meeting, the speaker of the UAE FNC and the New Zealand ambassador agreed on the importance of countering terrorism, extremist ideology and attempts to associate Islam with terrorism and terrorist groups.

They also stressed that terrorist groups do not represent the tolerance of Islam and that they instead endanger international peace and stability.

Terrorist groups, Al Qubaisi noted, seek to “hijack” Islam through such attempts, killings and terrorising people in the name of religion.

For his part, New Zealand’s Ambassador expressed his country’s interest in stronger relations with the UAE and noted that the two countries agreed last year to promote their fruitful cooperation in many spheres.