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Distant countries seek to strengthen relations

By Bernadette H. Carreon KOROR (Palau Horizon, Oct. 21, 2009) - The United Arab Emirates and Palau are set to forge formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

A joint communiqué was issued Oct. 16 at the Permanent Mission headquarters of the UAE to the United Nations in New York by Ambassador Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and by the Ambassador of the Republic of Palau HE Stuart Beck, Palau’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in the presence of the members of the diplomatic missions of both countries.

The statement also endorsed the establishment of diplomatic relations, at ambassadorial level, in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, as of the date of the signing of this Joint Communiqué.

According to the Ministry of State office here the joint statement, which was filed with the United Nations in both Arabic and English, "mentioned their mutual willingness to promote mutual understanding and strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic, social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific areas based upon the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the norms of international law."

The statement stressed the two countries "respect for the principles of equality among States, national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States."

The two envoys then discussed political, cultural, economic relations between the two countries and the ways to strengthen them.

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