UAE’s Solidarity Lies With Egypt

  • 22 August 2013

In recent days, the United Arab Emirates presented a picture of genuine Arab fraternity that does not desert brothers in times of difficulty. The country has done all it can to stand by Egypt and help it overcome the difficult conditions it is experiencing at every front. This UAE’s solidarity was demonstrated recently through the initiatives taken by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The initiative included construction of 25 mosques in the villages of Egyptian Central Security soldiers who became victims of Rafah massacre at the hands of extremists. Another initiative involves rebuilding 18 low cost housing sectors in Giza Province, parks, gardens and other facilities in addition to donating AED7.3 million to renovate the Faculty of Engineering building which was burnt down during clashes recently. H.E. Minister of State, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, held talks with Egyptian officials the day before yesterday during which he highlighted the urgent help the UAE can provide to Egypt.

These initiatives are consistent with several steps that the UAE has taken recently to support the process of transition in Egypt in consonance with popular sentiments and reiterated its solidarity with the country. The UAE has also supported the measures the Egyptian authorities have taken to restore security and stability in the country. In July, a high-level UAE delegation visited Cairo to demonstrate political support to the Egyptian leadership and its people. The delegation offered $1 billion as financial assistance and $2 billion in interest free loan to the Egyptian Central Bank. Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) the UAE Red Crescent Authority launched ‘Egypt in our Hearts’ campaign to support the Egyptian people and stressed that the UAE stands by them in this difficult phase. Statements made ​​by UAE officials, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, confirm the strength of the UAE-Egyptian relations and also prove that the UAE is constantly looking to strengthen these relations and move forward in all areas.

Solidarity with Egypt and providing it support at various levels reflects a consistent position and a fundamental and inherent principle of the UAE’s foreign policy, which has been in place since the Federation was established by the Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) who was a firm believer in the importance of cooperation, integration and collaboration among Arab nations. This approach has got further entrenched under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and is manifested through various initiatives launched by the UAE in recent times to help its Arab brothers. These initiatives are the result of the UAE’s sense of responsibility and duty toward the Arab nation, which brightens its image in the hearts of all Arab people. Perhaps the tribute paid by Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE recently – praising the initiatives of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and the overall political and economic support extended by the UAE to Egypt – shows great appreciation for the UAE and its leadership in the hearts and minds of the Egyptian people.