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KT edit: Saudi-UAE ties have become stronger with time

Filed on November 27, 2019 | Last updated on November 27, 2019 at 06.46 pm

It was only a few weeks ago that the two leaders met in Riyadh to fast track a power sharing equation.

In keeping with the ebullient mood as the UAE National Day celebrations near it is only fitting that the country plays host to a personage as august as Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.

The royal visit, which began on Wednesday, will further strengthen the already traditionally intimate fraternal ties between the two nations. The Saudi Crown Prince will meet His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Over the years the cultural and political bonds have been overlaid by a personal friendship that seeks a similar era of peace and prosperity in all the Middle East. It was only a few weeks ago that the two leaders met in Riyadh to fast track a power sharing equation between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council.

The mutual admiration and deep and abiding respect for each other has been instrumental in not only promoting a coalition of like minds but has stood the test of time and promises to ensure a bright and positive future across the board where the two countries are concerned. Rightly hitting the spot was the concise observation of Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, when he was quoted saying "the sky is not the limit" as far as relations are concerned. Indeed, he said, there are no limits to mutual co-operation in every sphere of activity.

Seen for years as 'inseparable partners' on the global stage, the nexus between these two powerhouses sets the tone for the region and has a direct and salutary impact on areas that call for intervention. The combine has been instrumental in maintaining the region on an even keel and influencing the turn of major events. The UAE finds echo in Riyadh as it embarks on a global bid to promote tolerance and as an ambassador of stability. With these common interests so commonly aligned, every such visit is destined to take the brotherly duo that much further up the path of peace for all, and one can only be gratified that these meetings reaffirm the love and respect in which the UAE and Saudi Arabia hold each other.

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