H.E. Dr. Obaid Al Hairi Al Ketbi, UAE Ambassador to Australia, has presented his credentials to President Baldwin Lonsdale of Vanuatu as Non-resident Ambassador of the UAE to his country.

Ambassador Al Ketbi conveyed to President Lonsdale the regards of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their best wishes for good health. The UAE leaders wished the people of Vanuatu further progress and prosperity.

The President of Vanuatu reciprocated his greetings to the UAE leaders, wishing them good health and more progress, prosperity and welfare to the UAE people. He also wished the ambassador success in his assignment that would enhance the existing bilateral ties.

President Lonsdale expressed thanks and gratitude to the government and the people of the UAE for the assistance they provided to his country.

The meeting tackled ways of bolstering bilateral ties and cooperation so as to serve mutual interests.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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