UAE Speaker calls on President Bhandari

ABU DHABI: Speaker of the Federal National Council of the UAE Dr Amal Al Quibaisi paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday.

During the meet, President Bhandari congratulated Dr Al Quibaisi for being elected the Speaker and appreciated the UAE's achievement in ensuring 70 per cent representation of women in government structures and 30 % in politics, informed President's personal secretary on development affairs Dr Bimala Rai Poudel.

On the occasion, President Bhandari also noted that women could occupy 40 per cent of the decision-making spaces after the implementation of the federal structure through the parliamentary and provincial elections as per the new constitution, Poudel further shared.

Congratulating Bhandari for being the first woman President of Nepal, the UAE Speaker expressed her confidence that the visit would further expand the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Also present on the occasion was Minister for Supply Jayant Chand, some parliamentarians of UAE, UAE Ambassador to Nepal Saeed Hamdan Al-Nakel, Nepal's Charge d' Affairs to UAE Netra Bahadur Tandan, President's foreign affairs expert Madan Kumar Bhattarai and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, among others.

Meanwhile, President Bhandari reached the Martyr Monument at Abu Dhabi to pay tributes to the martyrs on Tuesday.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Director of The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office received President Bhandari.

On the occasion, President Bhandari had put her signature on the attendance book kept at the monument. The monument, which is named "Wahat Al Karama", was constructed in honour of the brave martyrs of the UAE.

Located in between the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque and Armed Force of the UAE, it is stretched over in around 46,000 square metres area.

Similarly, President Bhandari also visited the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

The President was welcomed by Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

The Masdar City is a planned town of Abu Dhabi. It fully depends on solar power and renewable energy. The city is being constructed near the Abu Dhabi international Airport. It is also the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency.