The German political expert Gunter Meyer said on Tuesday June 11th that the visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to Berlin is very important, as the UAE is a key partner in his country's fight against terrorism and in Middle East affairs.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has begun a two-day visit to Germany, where he will meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"In light of the major crises in the Middle East, from Libya to Syria and Yemen, Germany needs a reliable and strong partner," said Meyer, director of the Center for Arab World Studies at the University of Mainz.
"Germany has always presented itself as a credible mediator whose aim is to consolidate stability, bring views closer and resolve crises peacefully. To achieve this, we need a strong partnership with the UAE, which has considerable influence in the region, to achieve those goals,” Meyer told 7Dnews.
"The UAE is also a strong partner in the fight against terrorism and extremism, which is a top priority to German politics,” he added.
According to Meyer, the UAE is a strong economic partner to Germany, pointing out that the volume of German exports to the UAE is currently €15 billion, as well as the presence of 900 German companies in the UAE.
Meyer also said that the visit of Sheikh Mohamed to Germany is very important at the moment in the light of the tension on more than one level in the Middle East, and it can contribute to finding solutions to the pressing issues of the region.
The German newspaper Die Welt described the visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Germany as particularly important in the light of the strong political and economic partnership between the two countries.
Sheikh Al Nahyan is due to meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the presidential palace in Berlin in the evening on Tuesday 11th June.
Chancellor Merkel will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday 12th June, after which the two leaders will speak to journalists and hold a working dinner that includes a session of talks covering bilateral relations and Middle East affairs.
Al Nahyan’s most recent visit to Germany was in May 2016, when he held talks with Merkel on strategic relations between the two countries in the fields of economy, industry, development and education. The Syrian crisis and combating terrorism and extremism were also discussed during the past visit.