DUBAI: The UAE agreed Sunday an “energy security” deal with Germany to supply liquefied natural gas and diesel during German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Abu Dhabi on the second leg of his two-day tour to the Gulf.
UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met with Scholz where both leaders witnessed the signing of the Energy Security and Industry Accelerator (ESIA) Agreement “that will accelerate projects of joint interest” between both countries in energy security, decarbonization and climate action, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
In a tweet, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said, “Today, I was pleased to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz to explore further opportunities for cooperation in areas including energy security, emissions reduction and climate action.”
He added, “The UAE enjoys a close friendship and strategic partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany.”
The UAE enjoys a close friendship and strategic partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany. Today, I was pleased to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz to explore further opportunities for cooperation in areas including energy security, emissions reduction and climate action. pic.twitter.com/GahnJISBWa
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) September 25, 2022
Scholz said, “I welcome the signing of the joint declaration of intent on the “Energy Security and Industry Accelerator – ESIA”. Through ESIA, we enable the swift implementation of strategic lighthouse projects on the focus areas of renewable energies, hydrogen, LNG and climate action.”
Scholz arrived in the UAE Saturday night after concluding a visit to Saudi Arabia where he met with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
He was welcomed by the UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, and several officials at the Presidential Terminal of the Abu Dhabi International Airport, WAM reported.
Accompanied by a large delegation that includes representatives of several economic sectors, Scholz is scheduled to visit Qatar before going back to Berlin on Sunday night.