Sudan is in the Hearts of the UAE’s Leadership and People
- 8 September 2020
Sudan occupies a special place in the heart of the UAE’s leadership and people. The relationship between the two countries has been consolidated and stable over the years, unaffected by changing circumstances. The strong, brotherly relations are dominated by cooperation and solidarity, as well as mutual assistance. The UAE’s wise leadership has nurtured these relations for the good of both nations for almost 50 years.
The bonds between the UAE and Sudan are deep rooted. Their foundations were laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) in the 1970s when he visited Khartoum on February 20, 1972. That visit marked the start of a strong bilateral relationship, through which the UAE has contributed to various development projects in the land of two Niles. These contributions are ongoing, reaffirming the unbreakable ties between the UAE and Sudan. This relationship is a role model for cooperation between brotherly nations. The UAE’s people are sincere and faithful, and will never forget that Sudan was one of the first countries to recognize the establishment and independence of the UAE. Indeed, the first state visit to the UAE was by the Sudanese president.
The UAE has shown its love and appreciation for Sudan in numerous ways. It played a key role in the construction of the national highway that links Khartoum with Port Sudan on the Red Sea, the country’s main port. That highway has contributed to a significant development transformation in the country as it also links the capital with a number of industrial centers, creating a transit corridor for exports. The UAE has also contributed to several infrastructure projects, such as the digging of water wells, and has launched development initiatives in the countryside and remote areas, as well as providing loans and grants for education and government services projects. These projects have improved the living standards of many Sudanese people and played an important role in enhancing education in the country.
Just as the UAE has always supported Sudan in good times, it has never hesitated to provide assistance in hard times. The UAE is at the forefront of extending humanitarian efforts around the world, extending a helping hand to brotherly and friendly nations to alleviate their distress. It’s relations with Sudan have been no different, building on the UAE’s noble humanitarian values and Arab traditions. The UAE will remain faithful to Sudan, a brotherly nation that has always shown love, appreciation and respect, whose people have contributed to the UAE’s development with their expertise and hard work. The people of the two countries share strong bonds and will always be in each other’s hearts as an example of relationship-building between nations.
The UAE’s leadership and people feel the distress and hardship that Sudan currently faces due to widespread flooding that has cost hundreds of lives, displaced thousands and caused grave economic damage. The UAE’s leadership were among the first to express their solidarity and intention to stand by Sudan until this ordeal is over and it can continue on its development path. This solidarity was expressed by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), when he said: “Our sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured, and safety to the brotherly Sudanese people”. This expression of solidarity was immediately followed by the provision of all possible relief assistance to alleviate the hardship of the Sudanese people. His Highness sent a plane to provide immediate and necessary humanitarian relief to support those affected by the floods in a number of regions in Sudan.
Today we watch events in Sudan closely, our hearts with them, praying to God Almighty to mitigate the impact of the crisis and keep Sudan and its people safe.