1 Feb 2023 21:03

Roscosmos chief makes proposals on broadening Russia-UAE space cooperation

MOSCOW. Feb 1 (Interfax) - Roscosmos CEO Yury Borisov had a number of meetings in the United Arab Emirates with top officials from a number of ministries and organizations pursuing space exploration projects to discuss prospects of Russian-Emirati space cooperation, Roscosmos said on Wednesday.

"We are very glad to see such a representative composition of meeting participants on your part, and I see it as the best confirmation of your country's interest in broadening and deepening our bilateral cooperation in the space field," Borisov said.

"I'd like to make a number of proposals to you today regarding new avenues of cooperation," he said.

He thanked the Middle Eastern partners for projects that have already been finalized and mentioned the fact that Russia has completed the ratification of a framework intergovernmental agreement on space signed in 2021.

Borisov, in particular, held negotiations with UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and UAE Space Agency Chairperson Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri and Space Agency Director General Salem Al Qubaisi.

Borisov also met with UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.

The Russian delegation includes top-ranking Roscosmos managers and heads of companies incorporated in Roscosmos and pursuing promising projects that could be potentially of interest to the UAE, it said.