Emirati Lesson in the Arab Solidarity

  • 28 May 2008

The Secretary General of the Moroccan Justice and Development Party, Saad Dine Othmani, was full of praise for the decision of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to grant aid to his country worth US $300 million to mitigate the substantial rise in energy prices, and called it a necessary lesson for Arabs on Arab solidarity. This example has been presented by the UAE since its establishment under the patronage of His Highness, the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in important and decisive times of modern Arab history and the same beneficence continues under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Yesterday, one witnessed another example of this humanitarian approach, when President ordered the purchase of 500 thousand tonnes of wheat to be sent as gift on his behalf to the Yemeni people, to ease the burden of rising global cost of wheat in Yemen. This humanitarian gesture comes a few days after the President announced the grant of US $300 million in aid. This compassionate move followed the decision of His Highness to buy one million tons of wheat to the Egyptian people in order to help them face rise in food prices. These humanitarian acts are merely part of a series of initiatives, resolutions and movements to help Arab brethren in the face of rising political and economic crises. The UAE is part of several Arab projects and is substantially contributing to the welfare and well-being in the Arab world, in addition to providing political and diplomatic support in negotiations for settlement of various crisis. Recently, The UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, played an important role as member of the “Arab Ministerial Committee” that succeeded in finding a formula for resolving the Lebanese political crisis through the “Doha Agreement”.   

The UAE's pro-active policy of finding solutions to the problem of the Arab world has three salient aspects. The first feature relates to the  Arab dimension of the UAE foreign policy. This is the result of a strong federal approach on promoting solidarity among Arabs.      

The second matter relates to the UAE's well-entrenched values of charity and welfare which drives the leadership to help brothers and friends in crises. This has made the UAE a symbol for virtue and generosity which does not procrastinate in offering help, whenever possible. 

Thirdly, the UAE is aware of the fact that Arab solidarity should be deepened not by words but actions. For this reason, it always expresses its commitment to Arab solidarity through its actions, not mere words, which is manifest in its grant of aid and launch of projects throughout the Arab world.

Whenever it finds a crisis in the Arab world, the UAE is always present to help it. This has made the UAE a pioneer in charitable and humanitarian which does not differ between human being for their religion, colour, sex and race.