UAE’s Consistent Support for Development and Stability in the Arab World

  • 17 March 2014

The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may Allah protect him) stands by the interests of the Arab people in the areas of development, security, stability and progress. This has been the main driver of its Arab policy since the days of Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul). His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reiterated this during a meeting with the Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Saturday. His Highness affirmed the support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the government of the UAE and its people for Tunisia in its efforts to tide over social and security challenges.

The UAE is keen to ensure security and stability in the Arab world as it believes that this amounts to ensuring its own security. The country has taken steps in this direction during the last three years by providing financial, economic and political support, in the case in Egypt and Yemen, and has helped protect internal security in the face of chaos and subversive activities in Bahrain. Its efforts in Bahrain led to the loss of life of an Emirati officer, who was martyred by extremist elements in the line of duty alongside his Bahraini colleagues.

This UAE’s firm and principled position in support of Arab countries and its efforts to help them overcome crises has been appreciated by the Arab people who see the country and its wise leadership as symbols of assistance, especially in times of crisis and adversity. Despite making various attempts in recent times, these extremist elements have not been able to undermine the UAE’s positive image. This is because the UAE has an excellent record, which is highly appreciated by all Arab people and is too big to be tarnished by certain groups, no matter how much falsehood and lies they spread.

The UAE opens its hearts and minds for all Arabs and stands for their common interests. It believes in non-interference in others’ internal affairs as principles it has followed since its establishment. The UAE also expects to be respected by other countries. It believes that this is the only way to build a stable and positive relationship among Arab countries, and to serve the interests of the people. More importantly this presents a strong front against terrorism and forces that threaten the security, peace and development of Arab and Islamic societies. These elements hide their identity and culture to stir religious and sectarian strife.