DUBAI: Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday on the second half of his Middle East tour that aims to boost bilateral cooperation between Tokyo and the region.
The Japanese premier touched down in Abu Dhabi International Airport earlier in the day, and is expected to meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
He will also attend the gala dinner event at Emirates Palace featured by Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), where he will also meet President of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
Abe intends to hold talks with leaders of the UAE and try to win their support for Japan’s plan to send naval Self-Defense Force units to the Middle East on a mission to gather information for ensuring sea lane safety in the region.
He also plans to call on the cooperation of the three countries he is visiting in order to boost diplomatic efforts for easing the tensions in the region.