Fifteen more countries, including the United States and Malaysia, have formally announced their participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The declarations, which also came from Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cabo Verde, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Mexico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Somalia, were made at a meeting on Thursday.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, joined senior dignitaries of nations from around the world at the second International Participants Meeting (IPM) of Expo 2020 Dubai.
More than 140 countries have now confirmed, either publicly or privately, that they will take part in the next World Expo and organisers said they are well on track to meet the target of at least 180.
The IPM is organised with the help of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body for World Expos.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is an important step in the development process of the UAE. It is the embodiment of the cultural, social and urban progress that has been achieved under the leadership of the Rulers of the UAE since the establishment of the Union.
“Our aim is to work with all countries, institutions and companies to serve the citizens, residents and visitors of our nation, which is proud of being tolerant and open to all cultures.”
Dimitri Kerkentzes, deputy secretary general at the Bureau International des Expositions, added: “The IPM has brought the world fully up to speed on the progress and plans for Expo 2020 and we are delighted to see that Dubai is on track to host an incredible experience for millions of people from around the world.
“Every World Expo is unique and, from what we have seen today, Expo 2020 Dubai will be no exception.”
The Expo runs for six months from October 20, 2020 and will be the first to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the Arab World.
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