Sheikh Abdullah visits Philippines: UAE hints at increased investments

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From left: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos at Malacañang Palace on June 4, 2024.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited the Philippines on Tuesday (June 4), with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs hinting at increased investments in the Philippines.

During a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace, the UAE and the Philippines reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, with Sheikh Abdullah conveying the UAE’s interest to do more trade in the Philippines.

Sheikh Abdullah was received by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and a number of officials.

“Our relationship is growing, but not enough. We could do much better. It could be much better because I think we have an interest to further enhance it. But also the Philippines has shown that it’s been welcoming investors, we would like to do more trade, and to finalize and sit down with the Philippines,” Sheikh Abdullah said.

Sheikh Abdullah also thanked Filipinos’ contribution to the UAE. There are an estimated 1 million Filipinos living and working in the UAE.

For his part, Marcos acknowledged the “close relationship” of the Philippines and the UAE, adding “We extend that relationship further and make it deeper.”

Marcos also thanked the UAE government for its “assistance and kindness” to Filipinos. “I hope that we are able to reciprocate somehow because we are very grateful for the assistance that you have done in terms of the crisis (that we face here) in the Philippines and then, especially to our Filipino nationals who are working in the emirates,” he said. ICA/PNAExpat Media

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