The UAE’s Unwavering Support for Egypt

  • 10 June 2015

The visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), to Egypt yesterday, and the talks he held with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, demonstrates the strong relations that exist between the two countries and the convergence of their views on all regional issues. Through this visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated the UAE’s unwavering support for Egypt as a guiding principle.

“The UAE’s support for Egypt in advancing its national agenda and development dynamism is steadfast and genuine. It emanates from the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and his keenness to support every effort that would push forward the development of Egypt, protect its security, stability and sovereignty and fulfill the aspirations of its people for development and decent life,” His Highness said on the occasion.

This has been an established fact in the history of relations between the two countries. This has also been a core foundation of the UAE’s foreign policy since the era of Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), who always stood by Egypt and supported it in all circumstances. This principle has become more entrenched under the leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), who spares no effort in supporting the country and helping maintain its security and stability.

The UAE’s support for Egypt has been continuous and comprehensive at political and economic levels, which what His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said during the visit. “The UAE’s support for Egypt comes in the context of a relationship of strong solidarity and alliance between the two countries; a relationship that is not a product of this stage but deeply rooted in history and serves the interests of the two countries and their brotherly peoples,” His Highness said.

The UAE is aware that the security and stability of Egypt is in the interest of the Arab world. For this reason, it always seeks Egypt’s return to its natural role in regional and international forums particularly at a time when the region is facing various challenges and requires strong cooperation among Arab countries. The UAE-Egypt relations have been a model of excellence. They have continuously evolved as they have been based on mutual respect and strong will of the two countries’ leaderships, as well as the conformity of views on a range of issues concerning the region.

During this visit the two countries’ views on regional and international issues of mutual concerns coincided. There was consensus on the need to take prompt action to confront terrorism, which is affecting the Arab world and international peace and security and knows no boundaries. The two sides also agreed on the need to urge the international community to fulfill its responsibilities and contribute effectively toward finding peaceful solutions to the conflicts taking place in the region and help restore security, stability and development for the Arab people.

The government and people of Egypt highly appreciate the UAE’s commitment to standing by the country, helping it overcome the challenges it faces and move forward on the path of development. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi expressed his appreciation of the UAE for its historic positions of support for Egypt and its people in the country’s march toward development.