Australian Governor-General says Sheikh Mohamed would make UAE global technology leader

Published date20 May 2022
Publication titleLETA

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan would make the UAE a global technology leader, Australia's Governor-General David Hurley told the Emirates News Agency (WAM), adding that "Australia would be part and parcel of that progress."

"I think the most important thing we will see in his [His Highness Sheikh Mohamed's] term as president is the UAE moving from dependence on fossil fuels to a whole range of different technologies. I think he wants to be a technology leader in this region and globally, and to build a long-term sustainable future for the UAE that is not dependent on fossil fuels," he said.

Australia to be part of UAE's progress

In an exclusive interview with WAM at the Australian Ambassador's residence in the capital, Hurley added that the achievements made by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed so far "are going to grow and broaden and Australia would be part and parcel of that progress. I think, for both countries it is going to be a great benefit."

He was in Abu Dhabi to meet His Highness Sheikh Mohamed, congratulated him on being elected as President of the UAE and offered condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Governor-General of Australia is representative of the UK's Queen Elizabeth the Second. In practice, they are Australia's Head of State and have a range of constitutional and ceremonial duties. The Governor-General is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

Abraham Accords, wisdom on changing world

The Governor-General said he has met His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on many occasions "and I found him very considered and calm. His questions are always well-thought through and to the point."

"Abraham Accords [the deal that normalised diplomatic ties with Israel] shows a great deal of wisdom and understanding of how the world is changing and he [Sheikh Mohamed] has a leadership role with the UAE in that [changing world]," Hurley emphasised.

He remembered Sheikh Khalifa as a man of great vision. "That's very evident in the way he led the development of the UAE during his lifetime. I think he's been transformative. Sheikh Zayed laid the foundation for the UAE and Sheikh Khalifa built on that, opened the UAE up to the world, gave it an international...

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