UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Speaks With Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim Over the 2026 IMF Hosting
Abu Dhabi’s President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had a phone conversation with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, today. The call focused on the two countries’ strong relationship and explored ways to strengthen cooperation. Sheikh Mohamed and Sheikh Tamim discussed a wide range of topics concerning their respective countries and region during their conversation. They also discussed a number of global issues that are important to both countries.
The leaders emphasized the significance of their brotherly ties and expressed their willingness to expand their cooperation in a variety of areas. They talked about the possibility of expanding their collaboration in areas such as education, trade, and investment.
Sheikh Mohamed and Sheikh Tamim Discuss Brotherly Ties and Explore Areas for Collaboration
Furthermore, the two leaders exchanged views on regional and global developments. They expressed their views on issues such as political stability, security, and economic progress, and pledged to collaborate towards common goals.
Sheikh Mohamed also expressed the UAE’s support for Qatar hosting the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in 2026 during the phone call. He confirmed that the UAE, which had previously been considered as a potential host country for the event, will withdraw its request to host the meetings.
Sheikh Mohamed affirmed his desire to strengthen the UAE-Qatar brotherly ties and expressed his willingness to support Qatar’s efforts to successfully host the global event. He wished the Emir and the Qataris all the best in organizing and hosting the meetings.
This announcement is significant because it reflects the UAE’s commitment to promoting cooperation and collaboration with Qatar, despite the two countries’ recent diplomatic spat. The withdrawal of the request to host the meetings is a gesture of goodwill and shows the UAE’s support for Qatar’s ambitions to be a regional leader in hosting global events.
In response to Sheikh Mohamed’s announcement, Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, expressed his gratitude to the UAE President and expressed his sincere appreciation for the UAE’s supportive stance towards the State of Qatar. The Emir’s response reflects the significance of the UAE’s gesture of goodwill towards Qatar, as well as its willingness to promote collaboration and cooperation between the two countries.
Besides that, Sheikh Tamim acknowledged the UAE’s support for Qatar’s candidature to host the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in 2026, as well as the UAE’s decision to withdraw its own request to host the meetings, as a significant step towards improving bilateral relations. The Emir’s gratitude demonstrates the value of collaboration and partnership in achieving regional and global economic goals.
Sheikh Mohamed’s confirmation of the UAE’s support for Qatar hosting the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in 2026 is a significant and positive development in the two countries relationship. It demonstrates a willingness to put differences aside and collaborate towards common goals in the interest of regional and global cooperation. And Emir’s reaction to Sheikh Mohamed’s announcement reflects the importance of Qatar-UAE bilateral relations and highlights positive developments in their relationship.
The Emir’s praise for the UAE’s supportive stance towards Qatar, as well as its candidature to host the IMF and World Bank meetings in 2026, emphasises the importance of regional and global cooperation in promoting economic growth and stability.
The UAE’s gesture of goodwill towards Qatar, as well as its support for its efforts to host the IMF and World Bank meetings in 2026, signal a new era of collaboration and partnership between the two countries, which could have significant positive consequences for the region as a whole.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings are significant events in the world of international finance and economics. These meetings are typically attended by high-level officials from member countries around the world, including finance ministers and central bank governors.
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The meetings serve as a forum for discussions on a variety of global economic issues, such as economic growth, financial stability, poverty reduction, and international trade. The meetings also provide opportunities for officials from member countries, as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society organizations, and academia, to network and collaborate.
In 2026, Qatar will be hosting the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, which is a significant milestone for the country. This will be the first time that the meetings are held in the Middle East and North Africa region, and it is a reflection of the country’s growing importance in the world of international finance and economics.
The decision by the UAE to withdraw its own request to host the meetings and to support Qatar’s candidacy is a positive development in the relationship between the two nations and underscores the importance of regional and global cooperation in promoting economic growth and stability.
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