The President of the UAE, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, held a round of talks with visiting Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak. They exchanged views on the latest Arab, regional and international events of mutual interest.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was present during the talks at Al Mushrif Palace.
Shaikh Khalifa expressed his keenness to boost fraternal bonds between the UAE and Egypt. He appreciated Cairo’s stand on Arab issues and noted its efforts to achieve national reconciliation among various groups.
He voiced support for these efforts and stressed the need for advancing efforts towards boosting the chances of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region.
For his part, the Egyptian head of state praised the prudent policies of the UAE under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa. He said his visit occurred in the context of bilateral consultations to review current Arab issues and bolster opportunities of joint cooperation in the best interest of the two peoples.
President Mubarak was welcomed upon arrival at Al Mushrif Palace by Shaikh Khalifa, Shaikh Mohammed, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and several Shaikhs, ministers and senior officials.
Later, Shaikh Khalifa hosted a lunch banquet in honour of the Egyptian president and his accompanying delegation.
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