Important Visit Reflects Vitality of UAE Foreign Policy

  • 16 December 2007

The visit by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Japan represents a high  point in the history of bilateral relations, as was stated by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in his letter greeting the UAE and its leadership on the 36th anniversary of its National Day. The visit is indicative of the vitality of the UAE’s foreign policy that is progressing in a wise and balanced manner at the political and economic levels with different forces and blocs in the world.

Secondly, the visit confirms the Asian dimension of the UAE’s foreign policy, a dimension to which the UAE accords great value because of geographical, economic, and security considerations, especially with the central position that Asia occupies at the international economic and political scene. Therefore, it is natural for the UAE to have a dynamic foreign policy that follows developments taking place on the international scene, to place the ‘Look-East’ policy among its priorities. The visit of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Japan comes as a confirmation of this approach and strongly supports it.

Thirdly, the pioneering development of the UAE experience that has grabbed the admiration of the world has made the UAE a cynosure for all the global forces that seek to learn from its experience and wish to strengthen relations with the UAE. Japan is one of the forces that has constantly expressed its interest in its relations with the UAE and its devotion for developing relations at all levels. This is evident from the increase in the trade figures between the two sides and the increased number of Japanese political and economic orientation toward the UAE in the recent past, as part of a Japanese move to strengthen relations with the UAE. For its part, the UAE is aware that its openness to the world and the benefit it gains from the experience and advanced technologies is important for continuing the pioneering developments in the region. Japan is considered as one of the primary sources for the development advanced technology that the UAE needs, and that it is working towards its acquisition.

There are prominent milestones in the history of the UAE-Japan relations, the most prominent being the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1971, the opening of the UAE embassy in Tokyo in 1973, the unveiling of the Japanese embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1974, and the visit of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to Japan in May 1990. The present visit by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan marks another significant step that will have a lasting impact in the history of these relations.