Arab News Dubai
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo arrived in Abu Dhabi, Monday, on the second half of his Middle East trip to further enhance bilateral cooperation between Tokyo and the region.
Upon his arrival to the UAE, he was welcomed by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and was scheduled for a gala dinner event at Emirates Palace, featured by Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), where he will also meet President of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
During the trip, 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.
Abe 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.