BELGRADE – The newly appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Juma Rashid Saif Zayed Al Dhaheri presented today his Letters of Credence to President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic, who assessed on the occasion that opening of the UAE Embassy in Belgrade would further encourage the strengthening of the friendly relations between the two countries.
“I assure you that I will spare no effort to further promote the friendly relations and cooperation between our countries, in all areas”, said Ambassador Al Dhaheri, presenting his credentials to President Nikolic.
Newly appointed Ambassador of the UAE also expressed his hope that he would have the support of the President of Serbia and the Serbian Government in the discharge of his noble mission.
Expressing his pleasure at being appointed Ambassador to Serbia, to which his country is bound by, as he said, strong ties of friendship, Al Dhaheri conveyed to President Nikolic and the friendly Serbian people warm greetings from the Head of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan, and his people who “highly respect the Serbian people and hold them in high esteem”.
“We are witnessing intensive promotion of the bilateral relations between our two countries in all areas of cooperation, particularly in the economy”, said President Nikolic, welcoming the newly appointed Ambassador of the UAE to Belgrade.
President Nikolic recalled that over the past year, a number of UAE investments in the Serbian economy have been either made or agreed upon, and that the two countries have signed important inter-state agreements.
There are numerous areas having the potential for deepening our cooperation, the President of Serbia said, identifying in particular agriculture, energy, air transport, construction engineering, information and communication technologies, and tourism. “The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates that will be opened in Belgrade, as well as the Serbian Embassy which was opened in Abu Dhabi last year, will give an additional impetus to the strengthening of our friendly relations”, underlined Nikolic.
The bilateral relations between Serbia and the UAE, which have no outstanding issues, exemplify sincere and well-intentioned relations, said President Nikolic, expressing his conviction that they will be further promoted in the period ahead.
“We are particularly grateful for the loan that the UAE Government in Abu Dhabi extended to the Government of the Republic of Serbia under highly favourable conditions, which will make a significant contribution to the development of our country”, emphasized President Nikolic.
Nikolic expressed his belief that the newly appointed UAE Ambassador will make his best efforts to maintain the existing cooperation and further promote all other forms of cooperation in the mutual interest, assuring the new Ambassador at the same time, that he would enjoy all the necessary assistance, hospitality and support during his mission.
President Nikolic also extended to President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan and the friendly people of his country cordial greetings and best wishes for the further prosperity of that country.
The Serbian Government passed the decision, in early March 2013, granting approval for the opening of the UAE Embassy in Belgrade, whereas it adopted the decision on opening the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the UAE, in February 2013.
The statement of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on that occasion that the decision was the result of the shared vision of Belgrade and Abu Dhabi about the need for strengthening mutual ties and political and economic cooperation, in the first place.
Previously, the diplomatic relations between Belgrade and Abu Dhabi operated on a non-resident basis, via the Serbian Embassy in Cairo and the UAE Embassy in Rome.
The Republic of Serbia and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations on 21 March 2007.