"The UAE strongly supports this initiative, which will foster
economic growth and security both regionally and globally," Al-Jaber
told Xinhua in an interview ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for
International Cooperation scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Beijing.
Al-Jaber, who is also CEO of the biggest government-controlled UAE
firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), believes that the forum
serves as an important milestone in implementing the Belt and Road
Initiative, which is China's historical effort to "transform the
economies of the old Silk Road, strengthen links between them and better
connect them to the rest of the world."
Al-Jaber praised the "substantial progress" made with regard to the
initiative since China proposed this far-sighted project in 2013.