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Germany's Scholz cites energy supply 'progress' on UAE visit

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, here with UAE Minister of Climate Change Mariam Almheiri touring a mangrove park in Abu Dhabi, is visiting the Gulf to secure energy supplies
— Abu Dhabi (AFP)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Sunday his country was determined to never again rely on a single energy supplier and touted "progress" in gas projects while visiting the United Arab Emirates.

The German leader is touring the Gulf in the hope of sealing new energy deals to replace Russian supplies and mitigate the energy crisis resulting from Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

"We have made progress on a whole series of projects here in terms of the production and purchase of diesel and gas," Scholz told reporters in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi.

"The fact that we are dependent on one supplier and also dependent on its decisions will certainly not happen to us again," he added.

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