ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwired - April 24, 2013) - Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino issued the following statement following his meeting today with Her Highness Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi of the United Arab Emirates: "I congratulate Her Highness Sheikha Lubna on her appointment as Minister of Development and International Co-operation. The creation of a new ministry for international development in the United Arab Emirates will allow for greater collaboration between Canada and the UAE.
"Today's meeting was the beginning of our work together on our mutual objectives to reduce poverty and enhance security in the developing world by investing in economic and human development.
"The Global Vaccine Summit gives us our first opportunity to discuss Canadian and Emirati approaches to development assistance, and to set the early groundwork for what I expect will be an ongoing and fruitful collaboration.
"Canada will seek to determine how we can maximize our investments by working together. I look forward to working together to coordinate our humanitarian efforts for those most in need around the world, including the millions of people affected by brutal actions of the Assad regime against the people of Syria.
"Canada is committed to working together with the United Arab Emirates in the pursuit of a more stable and prosperous world for all."