Emirates News Agency – 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UAE and Germany

Bansal Abdul Qadir.

ABU DHABI, 13th June, WAM/ The UAE and Germany celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1972.

Ernst Peter Fischer, German Ambassador to the UAE, stressed on this occasion the depth and distinction of relations between the two countries, noting that the two countries can cooperate together to achieve peace and stability and resolve conflicts in a number of regions around the world.

The next big challenge we face is the challenge of sustainability and the climate crisis, Fisher added. “We have complementary assets, capabilities and skills to meet these challenges and we are both committed to them, and we can work very well together.”

On the cultural front, the German ambassador stressed that the UAE adheres to the principles of tolerance and openness, as well as Germany.. “We have complementary experiences and by bringing our people together and doing joint projects around this kind of ideas about how we can live together in a multicultural, inclusive, peaceful and happy society,” he said. We can also be an example to others.”

Fischer indicated that about half a million Germans were visiting the Emirates before the outbreak of the pandemic, and that the number of tourists is now witnessing a growing increase, and that a large number of Emirati citizens visit Germany every year, while about 15,000 Germans reside in the UAE.

In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM) at the German Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the ambassador said that the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries developed significantly between 1960 and 2004, when they signed a strategic partnership agreement. He pointed out that the agreement was strengthened during the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him” to Berlin in 2019.

Fischer stressed the economic partnership of Germany and the United Arab Emirates, pointing to the continuation of economic trade relations, and explained that the two countries will engage in joint projects in new technology and modern economy works that will contribute to the elimination of carbon emissions.

“We have very good economic relations,” said the German ambassador. “But there is an important message that I want to send.” Trade is one of the old activities and it will continue and will be mutually beneficial. But the really interesting new thing for the future is that we both need to invest in the technologies and businesses of the new economy – the knowledge-based, sustainable and climate-friendly economy.”

He pointed out that the United Arab Emirates is moving to new economic sectors, as Germany calls the work of the fourth industrial revolution, including digital transformation and a sustainable economy. He also pointed out the possibility of cooperation between the two countries in new technology and these modern activities.

Citing renewable energy sources as an example, Fischer explained that in order to achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2045, Germany would have to import several hundred TWh worth of hydrogen and its derivatives. [الوقود الأخضر
البديل]. “The UAE has the capacity to produce this green fuel because it has abundant solar energy and fuel production experience,” he said, referring to this as an opportunity for joint investments.

The German ambassador recalled the history of relations between the two countries before the establishment of diplomatic relations, noting the year 1904, on that date, when a German explorer named Hammond Bouchardi came to the Emirates and took some famous photos.

The German ambassador added that in early 1963, a German company called Cybert drilled water in the country, and found enough water around Al Ain to build the first water pipeline from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi. Since then, relations between the two countries have taken off.

He explained that in the mid-sixties, the late Sheikh Zayed ordered Mercedes 600 Pullman limousines from Germany, where it was the largest order ever, and they were equipped with special tires for driving in the desert.

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