The Strong UAE-Egypt Relations

  • 27 October 2015

The visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday shows the strong relations that exist between the two countries and which is of great importance to both the sides. History is testimony to the fact that such relations have progressed over the years and become a model for other Arab countries.

This is the Egyptian President’s second visit to the UAE this year – the earlier one taking place in January – which shows the depth of bilateral relations. According to official statements, during his talks the Egyptian President will focus on ways to develop relations at various levels and enhance the level of strategic cooperation. The challenges facing the region require quick measures to counter threats facing Arab security, especially in light of growing phenomenon of terrorism and extremism.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the UAE is important as it comes at a time when the region is undergoing significant change. The Saudi-led Arab coalition has registered major successes in Yemen in their efforts to restore legitimacy, security and peace to this brotherly Arab country, whose people have suffered as a result of political and economic instability in recent times. The importance of this visit has also increased because of the rapid changes taking place in Syria in the wake of Russian military intervention. This marks the beginning of a new phase in this four-year-long crisis as well as regional and international moves to find a way out of it. Since there is conformity in the views of the UAE and Egypt on this issue, this visit will help build coordination to bring an end to the crisis.

The visit is also extremely important given the ongoing developments in Egypt, where parliamentary elections are taking place. This is consistent with the roadmap supported by the UAE to end the phase of transition in the country after over two years. This will mark the beginning of a new phase in which Egyptian people will witness greater stability and security. The visit was also an opportunity to consolidate economic relations between the two countries. This is important as the UAE has consistently supported the security and stability of Egypt by carrying out and financing major investments and development projects.

There is no doubt that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the UAE has come at a crucial time and will open the doors for greater coordination, consultation and cooperation at all levels. This will have influence on regional and global issues of mutual concern given the well-established relations between the two countries at official and popular levels.