Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in UAE on state visit; welcomed by UAE leaders

UAE leaders welcome the Chinese leader on historic visit that celebrates strategic partnership between two nations

President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China arrived here on Thursday on a three-day state visit to the UAE accompanied by First Lady Peng Liyuan.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the distinguished guests and his accompanying delegation at the Presidential Flight.

Upon his arrival, President Xi Jinping was accorded an official reception ceremony including the playing of the national anthem of China and a 21-gun salute.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed welcomed the Chinese President, expressing their happiness at his visit to the UAE and hoping that such a visit would establish a new stage of cooperation and joint work to serve the interests of both nations.

Watch: The UAE dispatched fighter jets to escort the Xi’s plane as soon as it entered the country’s airspace

The UAE leaders and President Xi exchanged cordial talks about shared historical relations, which have seen a unique development and improvement on all levels.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid highlighted the significant role that China plays in regional and international political and economic issues and the pillars of understanding, coordination and consultation with the UAE to serve security, peace and development in the region and the world.

The UAE today welcomed the Chinese President Xi Jinping on his first overseas visit after being re-elected as president of China. We value this visit and consider it historic, as it establishes a new strategic stage in the relations of both countries” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid has tweeted.

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Source: gulfnews

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