Today Thursday 12 April I visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
I met the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and the Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Al Rumaithy.
I reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to the strong bilateral relationship with the UAE and discussed our shared security interests in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Australia and the UAE share a friendly bilateral relationship based on mutual strategic interests, a strong record of defence cooperation, trade and people-to-people links.
The Australian National Headquarters for operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan is located in the UAE at Al Minhad.
Our militaries work together in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and both nations are engaged in the Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-piracy operations to protect shipping off the Horn of Africa.
Australia and the UAE will continue to work closely on our shared strategic interests and I look forward to maintaining the positive relations between our two countries.
I was accompanied on my visit to the UAE by the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Duncan Lewis; Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley and Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Pablo Kang.
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