Abdullah lauds Canadian space programme, expresses UAE’s interest in cooperation
Shaikh Abdullah listens to a presentation by Sylvain Laporte during his visit to the Canadian Space Agency in Quebec.
Montreal: Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, visited the office of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in Quebec as part of his official visit to Canada. Shaikh Abdullah listened to a presentation given by CSA president Sylvain Laporte on the agency’s work and programmes.
Shaikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation then toured the agency’s facilities, which were equipped with advanced systems used to contribute towards developing Canada’s national space sector.
He lauded the Canadian space programme which is administered by the agency, recognising Canada as one of the leading industrial countries in the field of space science advanced innovations.
Shaikh Abdullah also expressed the UAE’s interest to further boost cooperation with Canada in the sector, in light of the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the space agencies of both countries on Wednesday.
Shaikh Abdullah was accompanied by Dr Ahmad Abdullah Humaid Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and chairman of the Board of Directors of the UAE Space Agency; Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence; and Fahd Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada.
Canada’s space programme dates back to the post-World War II period, and the country’s government agencies continued their commitment to develop and boost the progress of the sector to meet national requirements, making it one of the leading countries in its use of innovative technology in the field of space science and the telecommunications satellite industry.