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UAE ally of South Africa, Africa

4 October 2019

“The 25 years of diplomatic relations between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates was set on a solid path by our founding fathers His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Excellency Nelson Mandela.” Mr Mahash Saeed Alhameli, Ambassador of the UAE to South Africa was speaking on the occasion of 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries at a reception in Pretoria, South Africa.

Photo: Mr Mahash Saeed Alhameli, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in South Africa receiving Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (Jacoline Schoonees/Dirco)

Ambassador Alhameli pointed out the remarkable development and progress that has been achieved in a quarter of a century at various levels between the UAE and South Africa.

The decision by the South African government to exempt UAE nationals from visa requirements is a further indication of the strengthening relations.

There are about 200 South African companies currently operating in the UAE in various sectors, along with 10 commercial agencies and 174 trademarks registered with the Ministry of Economy. South Africa is one of the most important trading partners of the UAE, with the total value of non-oil foreign trade reaching $3.8 billion last year.

The UAE was founded on the principles of tolerance and openness towards different peoples and cultures. “Our principles stem from the desire of the State to build political, economic and social relations at the international level.” Working closely and supportive of South Africa’s peace and stability role on the African continent is welcomed by the leadership of the UAE in their promotion of prosperity and tolerance in Africa and the Middle East.

The vital strategic location of the UAE as a gateway to the countries of Asia and the Gulf States, European countries and in close proximity to Africa has developed into a global hub. Abu Dhabi, its capital city, and the world renowned Dubai have transformed into modern metropolitans.

Speaking about the blue economy Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa said that South Africa is fully appreciative of the expertise that the UAE possesses in this sector. She went on to thank the UAE for its support of South Africa’s chairship of IORA. “We are equally appreciative of the support that the UAE gave us during our Chairship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association. South Africa has found in the UAE, a valued partner to advance the objectives of the organisation further. We know that the UAE will lead the Association in a capable and focused manner when it takes over as Chair from South Africa later this month.”

Ambassador Alhameli said that the 25 years of diplomatic relations have given the two countries impetus to reach new heights. “We will continue to make meaningful contributions to our two countries through these relations and focus on the legacies inherited. The United Arab Emirates is a close ally and is committed to South Africa and the African continent,” said Ambassador Alhameli.




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