ABU DHABI, 12th April, 2016 (WAM) – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received today at Al Bahr Palace Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and her accompanying delegation.

Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, accompanied the visiting Russian delegation.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Russian official and discussed with her co-operation and friendship between the UAE and the Russian Federation, and ways of developing them to serve the common interests of the two countries.

During the meeting, they reviewed a number of issues of mutual interest pertaining to parliamentary affairs, particularly with regard to co-ordination and co-operation in the political, economic and humanitarian files.

The two sides also reviewed the latest regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.

Among others present were H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister; H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO); Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

On the Russian side, those who attended the meeting were Alexander Efimov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the UAE; Ilyas Magomed-Salamovich Umakhanov, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia; Vladimir Djabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs, and other senior Russian officials.