Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, received in Abu Dhabi Monday, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Chief of Italy’s Defense Staff, in the presence of Mattar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, and a number of senior officers of the Ministry of Defense.
During the meeting, Al Bowardi lauded the development and growth that the UAE-Italy cooperation and relations have seen and their countries’ keenness to expand their cooperation in all fields, especially those related to military and defense affairs, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
Al Bowardi and Dragone reviewed aspects of the cooperation between the UAE and Italy in the military and defense fields, and ways to further develop them to ensure further coordination and collaboration between their countries.
In another development, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President Serdar Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan discussed the deep-rooted ties between the two nations and explored opportunities for boosting collaboration.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed received President Berdimuhamedow at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi and expressed his wishes that their meeting would accelerate joint cooperation for the benefit of the UAE and Turkmenistan. Berdimuhamedow’s visit to the UAE is his first since being elected President of Turkmenistan.
The two leaders discussed the existing bilateral ties between the two countries, including in the areas of investment, development and the economy, and expressed a shared interest in expanding relations further.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and President Berdimuhamedow also exchanged views on several regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The meeting witnessed the announcement of a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and cooperation agreements between the two countries, which included a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its counterpart in Turkmenistan for 2023-2024; an agreement between the two governments in the area of customs affairs; an MoU in the agricultural and food security sector between the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection in Turkmenistan; and another in the field of cybersecurity, as well as an MoU between the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The agreements also included an MoU in education between the Ministry of Education and its counterpart in Turkmenistan; an MoU in exchanging information to combat terrorist financing; an MoU between the Ministry of Finance and its counterpart, the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, on financial and technical issues; and another between the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Government of Turkmenistan.