BERLIN, 12th March 2017 (WAM) -- Stanislaw Tillich, Vice President of the Council of States and Minister-President of German State of Saxony, has received Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) in Berlin.

Tillich welcomed the visit and praised the role of the UAE in supporting peace, stability, and tolerance in the region and throughout the world. Germany is a strategic partner of the UAE in many areas, he noted.

"I am delighted to meet with the first woman to head a parliamentary institution in the Arab region and the Middle East," he said, emphasising the exceptional relations between both countries, and their efforts to support peace, tolerance and combat terrorism and extremism.

The German official further praised the achievements of women in many areas in the UAE, citing that their membership in the FNC reflects the vision of the UAE's wise leadership in empowering women.

By establishing a ministry of tolerance, the UAE has demonstrated its values, he observed, and praised the nation's 2030 Vision, which is focussed on renewable energies and a knowledge-based economy.

He also appreciated the model of economic and social development adopted by the UAE, and its efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region, as well as the humanitarian assistance it provides, along with its interest in aiding refugees.

Dr. Al Qubaisi stressed the desire of the UAE, and the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to develop the strategic partnership with Germany.

She emphasised several mutual stances taken by the two countries in the areas of humanitarian work, refugees, terrorism and other international issues.

The FNC Speaker also underlined the UAE's keenness to implement International Humanitarian Law, and stressed the presence of the UAE in the Arab alliance in Yemen, in its efforts to provide humanitarian aid, rebuild the country and protect civilians.

She further presented the nation's vision in adopting the values of tolerance, happiness and co-existence. These are the fundamental values in Islam and other religions, Dr. Al Qubaisi added.

She further warned of dangers of agendas adopted by terrorist and extremist groups that depict an unreal image of Islam.

Source: Emirates News Agency