H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a phone call with Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum (WEF), said UAE New Agency (WAM).

The two sides discussed the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to contain its economic fallouts. The discussion underlined the importance of accelerating the exchange of expertise and knowledge and intensifying advanced coronavirus detection tests as well as supporting international efforts to develop a vaccine against the novel virus.

Sheikh Abdullah emphasised the importance of the WEF as a key platform for partnerships and initiatives and a driver for enabling business environment and for accelerating economic development. He expressed UAE’s keenness to strengthen its partnership with the WEF.

Brende praised the UAE’s pioneering regional and international stature and lauded its partnership with the WEF.

He also commended the peace accord between the UAE and the State of Israel and its role in the region’s stability and economic development.

Sheikh Abdullah thanked the President of the WEF and stressed the role played by the Forum in the sustainable development of the communities.

Earlier on Wednesday, the WEF had decided to postpone the 2021 edition of the annual WEF Summit. The gathering which brings together country leaders and corporate chiefs was scheduled in January in Davos, Switzerland. It now stands rescheduled to the summer citing COVID-19 concerns, said DPA.

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