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    The Prime Minster of Malta, Mr. Dom Mintoff, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (19?

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    The Prime Minster of Malta, Mr. Dom Mintoff, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (19 March) for a three-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mintoff and his delegation were met at Abu Dhabi airport by the United Arab Emirates Deputy Premier, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohamed and a number of senior government officials. The visit by Mr. Mintoff and his party was part of a tour they have been making to the Gulf States. On the trip the Maltese delegation were also to visit Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

    At the Al Batin Palace, United Arab Emirates President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, greeted the Maltese Prime Minister and his party. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Premier Sheikh Hamdan, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Rashid Abdullah and the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development, Nasser Al Nuweis. One of the main purpose of Mr. Mintoff's visit was to seek financial co-operation for an 80-million dollar harbour project in Malta.

    After the meeting a government spokesman for the United Arab Emirates said the financing of the project had been agreed to in principle. It was also reported that Sheikh Zayed stressed the importance of developing bilateral co-operation between the two countries. The Presidents of Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and Djibouti have also recently visited the oil-rich country to seek financial support for major projects in their own countries.

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