ABU DHABI, Costa Rican Foreign and Worship Minister, Manuel A. Gonzalez Sanz, officially opened the premises of the Embassy of Costa Rica on Thursday in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of UAE Minister of State, Zaki Nusseibeh.
In attendance also were Francisco Chacon, Cost Rican Ambassador to UAE, Saeed Al Qamzi, Director of Visits Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and members of the diplomatic corps, business representatives and members of the Costa Rican resident community in the UAE.
Addressing the audience, Minister Manuel Sanz said the presence of the embassy in the UAE signifies the friendship bonds between the UAE and Cost Rica, which ''we hope to grow stronger by time.'' He stated that his country had signed a number of agreements with the UAE regarding air service Agreement, prevention of double taxation, visa waiver for all passports, and promotion and protection of investment and political consultations mechanism.
''A technical and economic cooperation agreement is currently on the negotiating stages,'' he revealed.
''UAE will be Costa Rica's hub for relations with the region. The new Promotion Office in Dubai, set to be open next year will complete Costa Rica's presence in the UAE. It will contribute to promote tourism and investment climate in Costa Rica and leverage joint cooperation in renewable energy,'' he added.
He thanked H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for his vital role in strengthening bilateral ties.
He praised his country's relations with the UAE, which he sees as its strategic partner in the region.
Source: Emirates News Agency