Thursday, 18 November 2021
MEETING BETWEEN PRESIDENT XHAFERI AND H.E. SHEIKH NAHYAN BIN MUBARAK AL NAHYAN
On the last day of the official visit to the United Arab Emirates, the President of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi and the delegation met with H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence in the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
The Minister warmly welcomed the delegation, wishing them a successful and pleasant stay and pointed out that the visit comes at the right time when conditions are created for strengthening mutual relations. He stressed that the Republic of North Macedonia is a country of special importance for the UAE, a country they strongly support and stand behind, in order to strengthen the state and create a prosperous and stable country.
President Xhaferi thanked for the warm hospitality and stressed that in the spirit of excellent relations between the two countries, which have many similarities in terms of multiethnic character, we should work on sharing experiences and promoting this feature as a strong benefit. Our country recognizes the positive role of the UAE, which through its direct humanitarian and development assistance has had effective impact on the economic growth and prosperity of the Western Balkan countries. He added that we highly appreciate the constructive position of the United Arab Emirates in the stabilization efforts in the Middle East region, in order to achieve lasting peace and stability.
President Xhaferi, in the context of interethnic relations and tolerance, stressed the positive role of the Inter-Community Relations Committee and the Ministry of Political System and Inter-Community Relations, which take care of improving inter-community dialogue and exercising the right to expression, identity and the peculiarities of the communities that are not a majority in the Republic of North Macedonia, in the public, social, cultural and social life in the country. He introduced the interlocutor to the active approach to religious issues, in a country where the two largest religions are separated from the state and work together to create mutual respect and understanding. In addition to our common goals for stability, security and prosperity in SEE and the Arabian Gulf, the Republic of North Macedonia and the UAE share prosperous ethnic diversity and share the same policy of tolerance to build societies that nurture ethnic and religious diversity. This is an advantage and an important common value, not only for the Christian or the Muslim population, but also for members of other religions who enjoy equal treatment.
At the international level, we continuously meet with representatives of international forums that foster inter-religious dialogue and interethnic tolerance, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, the European Muslim Forum, the Muslim World League and the Global Council for Tolerance.
Minister Sheikh Mubarak Al Nahyan praised our achievements in this regard, stressed the strong and unequivocal support of the UAE in building a prosperous state that will not only be an equal partner in bilateral relations, but also expressed confidence that it will be a respected international partner with a proactive position in solving world challenges.
The two interlocutors shared the common expectation that the excellent level of dialogue, cooperation, mutual respect and understanding will continue with the same dynamics in the future, resulting in beneficial cooperation in all areas of common interest, as we support the same commitment to peace and stability, both regionally and globally.