International — 20 March 2017

Brasilia, March 20  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Brazil have signed three accords on air transport and reciprocal exemption of entry visa requirements.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his Brazilian counterpart Aloysio Nunes met on Thursday to discuss bilateral relations and signed the three accords.

Their talks focussed on advancing the UAE-Brazil relations in economic, investment, trade, tourism and renewable energy sectors.

The leaders also spoke about developments in Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

“Relations between the UAE and Brazil are strong and there is continued interest in advancing them in all spheres,” Sheikh Abdullah said. He described the UAE’s partnership with Brazil as “successful and deep-rooted”.

“The UAE and Brazil have signed agreements on air transport services, on reciprocal visa waiver for holders of ordinary passports, as well as an MoU on reciprocal visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, special, official and service passports. This indicates growing and prosperous co-operation between the two countries,” he said.

Sheikh Abdullah also said that with more than $2.5 billion in non-oil trade between the countries in 2016, the UAE believes that there are more opportunities for expanding co-operation in various sectors.

UAE Ambassador to Brazil Hafsa Abdulla Al Ulama attended the meeting.

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