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UAE president says country is seeking to develop relations with Russia

UAE president Mohamed bin Zayed has reaffirmed his county’s commitment to reaching a political solution through dialogue to achieve global peace and stability during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday.

The two leaders met in St. Petersburg where they discussed bilateral relations and regional and international issues.

The UAE’s president said cooperation between Russia and his country was strong and that they were seeking to develop relations.

He emphasized the UAE’s determination to achieve peace and stability in the region and internationally.

“The UAE continues to support all efforts aimed at reaching a political solution through dialogue & diplomacy – towards global peace & stability,” The UAE president tweeted shortly after the meeting.

President Putin on the other side thanked Mohamed bin Zayed for his efforts to mediate a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine.

“(The exchanges) matter to specific people, and that is always the most important thing, so thank you very much for that as well,” Putin said.

Sheikh Mohammed, who called Putin “my friend” according to a Kremlin transcript, said his nation was ready to help further on Ukraine.

.”.. if you think that the Emirates can play a role in the stabilization of the situation there, in humanitarian issues — we are ready to assist in every way possible,” it cited him as telling Putin

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