The UAE’s Consistent Position in Support of Egypt’s Stability
- 20 September 2014
The visit of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Egypt shows the strong relations that exist between the UAE and Egypt. It also demonstrates the efforts the UAE is making, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to enhance these relations and provide all possible support to Egypt in its quest toward stability, development and its battle against extremism and terrorism.
The remarks made by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while he was received by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, have several implications. First of all, they prove that the UAE will continue to support Egypt and will stand by its side. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan affirmed that the UAE will continue to be a firm supporter of Egypt in its efforts to make a new beginning and tackle the various challenges it faces. He said that the UAE will continue to support efforts to fulfil Egyptian people’s aspirations for a future full of and progress and prosperity.
Yet another implication relates to the UAE’s view of Egypt and its relevance to the Arab region. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan stated that the UAE’s support for the Egyptian people and its leadership is based on belief in the importance of Egypt’s vital regional and international role. He said that Egypt has strategic significance for Arab countries and their people. This also has a bearing on the role Egypt and the UAE play in tackling extremism and terrorism, especially the challenges faced by Egypt. His Highness said that Egypt plays a constructive role in supporting efforts toward stability in the region and fighting terrorism and violence.
Through the various phases Egypt passed through in recent years, the UAE has stood for its stability and the will of its people. It has supported, and continues to support, recovery of Egyptian economy. The government and people of Egypt highly appreciate this support. The UAE’s support for Egypt is consistent with its principles and policies vis-à-vis the Arab region. It spares no efforts in ensuring security, stability and unity in Arab countries and promoting harmony among their people, evident in its approach toward the changes taking place in the region since the end of 2010. This has been the UAE’s consistent position since the days of Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul).