UAE’s Consistent Support for the Egyptian People and Their Aspirations
- 9 June 2014
The remarks made by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, during his visit to Cairo to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, expresses the UAE’s vision in support of this country. This support is set to continue in times to come and will ultimately restore Egypt’s natural place in the region. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlighted a number of important factors in this regard.
First, the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), continues to extend support to Egypt in its new phase of development, during which it aims to enhance stability, and boost growth in the face of various challenges and to ensure the achievement of the Egyptian people’s ambitions and aspirations. This has been the UAE’s consistent position and an integral component 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 was aware of the importance of Egypt and the need to stand by its people. The revival of Egypt is in the interest of the Arab countries and the UAE firmly stands by the country, its government and its people, and seeks to safeguard its gains and aspirations.
The second factor is the strength of the fraternal and historic relations between the UAE and Egypt. This well-established fact is based on the solid foundations of brotherhood, common interests and mutual respect over long years of interaction and cooperation across all fields in addition to the strong will of the leaders of both the countries. Therefore, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was keen during his visit to follow the progress of development projects implemented by the UAE in the country. He ordered speedy completion of the work on these projects so that the brotherly people of Egypt can benefit from them. His Highness also asserted that these projects are “a continuation of his approach and vision for Egypt as well as his appreciation for its people and its important role in the region”
Another important factor has been the UAE’s determination to side with the Egyptian people’s will and support for their aspirations during the coming period. The UAE is keen to contribute to the completion of road map of Egypt’s future. That is why the UAE promptly announced its strong endorsement last week of the Saudi Arabian call for a donor conference for Egypt. The UAE recognizes that the priority in the next phase is to help Egypt overcome difficult economic conditions, which requires more regional and international support. The UAE’s position in support of Egypt, its government and its people, is appreciated formally and otherwise in Egypt as it stems from deep-rooted faith in the importance of Arab solidarity, the right of the Arab people and through this process of security, stability and progress. As a result, the UAE’s image in Egypt and across the Arab world is that of a symbol of fraternity and solidarity in times of crisis and adversity.