Following a prior visit in March, Minister of State HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber came back to Berlin in April to continue talks with key German federal government representatives and relevant political figures to further strengthen the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Germany and to enhance the bilateral cooperation of the two countries.
Most importantly however, the visit was of crucial importance to deepening the partnership between the two nations, which are like-minded in many aspects, such as federalism, multilaterism, religious tolerance, cultural diversity, sustainability, and economic strength.
Hence, H.E. Al Jaber met with Federal Foreign Minister H.E. Heiko Maas. In a second appointment, he discussed bilateral relations and safety policy issues with State Minister of Foreign Affairs Niels Annen. The UAE has been entertaining diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Germany since 1972. In April 2004, a strategic partnership and in 2009 regular political consultations between the Foreign Ministers have been agreed upon. By following this agreement, both governments have expressed their willingness to intensify their political relations beyond the area of extensive trade.
The Minister of State also met with Federal Minister of Economy and Energy, H.E. Peter Altmaier to discuss the strong Economic relations between the UAE and Germany. The UAE is Germany's largest trade partner and, along with Saudi Arabia, the country's most important market in the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The UAE's most important import products from Germany are airplanes, cars, machines and electrotechnical and chemical products, whereas it mainly exports aluminium and petrochemical products. In the area of energy politics, the UAE and Germany have established an energy partnership in 2017 to further foster the bilateral dialogue.
H.E. Al Jaber discussed safety and Foreign Policy matters regarding the Middle East with Prof Dr. Jan Hecker, German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel's Foreign Policy Advisor and with Dr. Johann Wadephul, Deputy Chairman of the Christian Democrat CDU/CSU German Bundestag Faction and member of the Defense and Security Policy Committee. In this context, he also met with MP Dr. Hans-Peter Bartels, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces and Authoritative voice on Security Policy and armament for the SPD Bundestag faction.
Further, he met with MP Omid Nouripour, MP Nils Schmid and MP Bijan Djir-Sarai, the Foreign Policy Speakers of the Green, the Social Democrat SPD, and the Economically Liberal FDP German Bundestag Party factions, respectively. The Minister of State also attended meetings with Green party faction member of German Bundestag Cem Özdemir and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee / Rapporteur for the CDU/CSU Bundestag faction on the Gulf States, MP Nikolas Löbel.