Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has inaugurated three small-scale solar energy projects in the Pacific island nation.

The projects were developed by Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, with funding provided by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development as part of the second cycle of the Dh183.5 million UAE-South Pacific Partnership Fund.

“Three years ago, we launched the UAE-South Pacific Islands Fund to help support countries who share the UAE’s commitment to diversifying their energy mix and advancing sustainable development,” said Sheikh Abdullah.

“Today, I am proud to see that the fund — bolstered by strong government-to-government cooperation and through Masdar’s effective execution and project management — is fulfilling its mission of supporting countries on their green development journeys.”

The fund covers project feasibility studies, engineering design, plant equipment supplies and installation, construction and operation and maintenance training.

On his visit to Palau, Sheikh Abdullah also met with the country’s president, Tommy E Remengesau, reported state news agency Wam.

Sheikh Abdullah relayed UAE President Sheikh Khalifa’s keenness to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Remengesau said he wished Sheikh Khalifa good health and happiness and added he was committed to strengthening relations with the UAE.

The two discussed ways to cooperate in the fields of trade, economy, investment and energy.

Sheikh Abdullah also met with other government officials, including Billy Kuartei, Palau’s foreign minister, to discuss bilateral relations and Rukebai K Inabo, vice president of the senate of Palau.

Inabo reiterated that her country strives to develop its bilateral relations with the UAE in a way that serves the interests of both sides.

She affirmed the importance of exchanging visits between officials of both countries, which, she said, were contributing to the establishment of a common ground of understanding, dialogue and exchange of ideas and cultures.

The meeting was attended by Mousa Abdul Wahid Al Khaja, UAE ambassador to the Philippines and non-resident ambassador to Palau. The UAE and the Republic of Palau established formal diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level in October 2009.