ABU DHABI, -- The UAE and Australia have discussed a number of consular topics of common interest, follow-up and development plans, as well as the means of strengthening future joint consular co-operation between the two countries.

This came during the meeting of the Joint Consular Deliberations Committee between the two countries, held on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE side was headed by Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry, while the Australian side was headed by Sarah Storey, Assistant Secretary at the Consular Operations Branch at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Representatives from a number of departments at the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice participated in the meeting, as well as consular services, citizens' affairs, legal affairs and the East Asian and Pacific Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.

The meeting is a confirmation of desire and interest of both parties to develop and strengthen bilateral ties between friendly countries, Al Dhaheri said.

He also praised the ties between the UAE and Australia, which come in line with the UAE's desire and interest to strengthen and develop them to reflect ambitions of the leaders of both countries.

Sarah Storey praised the development of the bilateral ties between both countries during previous years, especially in the consular field. She also praised the strategic partnership between the two countries and valued the level of economic and political co-operation achieved by both countries in different fields.

Source: Emirates News Agency