Formidable UAE Support for Egypt
- 18 July 2013
The UAE has always extended support to Arab countries in distress. This has been the mainstay of the UAE’s foreign policy since the days of the Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), who believed in cooperation and integration among Arab nations, and highlighted that importance of unity. The UAE Red Crescent Authority’s (RCA) ‘Egypt in Our Hearts’ campaign, which was meant to support the Egyptian people and help them overcome its harsh economic conditions, should be seen in this context. This has been one of the several steps the UAE has taken recently to support Egypt in its present state of transition.
The UAE has made its respect for the Egyptian people clear by sending a high-level delegation to Cairo to convey its political support to the new government and its $one billion-grant and S2 billion loan in the form of an interest-free deposit in the Central Bank of Egypt. In a message to Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) expressed the UAE’s hope that the people of Egypt would achieve their aspirations in stability and prosperity. H.H. affirmed that the UAE looks forward to strengthening the historical and fraternal ties between the two countries in various fields for mutual benefits.
The UAE’s support has been deeply appreciated in Egyptian circles – both official and non-official. The people of Egypt remember the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who stood by Egypt during difficult times. They also cherish the unique relationship that exists between the UAE and Egypt and their resolve to confront the challenges. This is not the first time the UAE’s wise leadership has extended support to the Egyptian people. This has been the UAE’s consistent policy. The Egyptian Ambassador to Abu Dhabi recently emphasized this special relationship when he said that over the years the UAE has always kept its word when it comes to supporting the Egyptian people.