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Strong ties between UAE and Egypt will keep region stable

Mohammed Jalal Alrayssi (Geopolitix)
Filed on November 17, 2019 | Last updated on November 17, 2019 at 09.32 pm

The Emirates has maintained generous flow of support for developmental projects across various Egyptian governorates in the fields of housing, health, solar energy, education, etc, and would continue to.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's two-day state visit to the UAE last week stood out for a number of reasons. It delivered myriad messages and underscored strong ties between the two countries. The UAE is determined to play a significant role in establishing peace and tolerance in the region, and sees Egypt as a strong partner. The two countries have been close, and the UAE steadfastly believes in Egypt's ability to remain a major power upon which Arabs can rely in case of need.

It is only natural then the state visit of the Egyptian president enjoyed a high-profile media coverage. People were keen to know what messages the leadership of both the countries would send, and how the visit pans out. Egypt and the UAE jointly reaffirmed faith in the partnership and announced a slew of bilateral agreements and MoUs during the visit. The most notable of these was the launch of a $20billion strategic investment platform which reflects the UAE's longstanding belief that Egypt's security is vital to UAE's and all Arab countries' stability.

This partnership aims to establish joint strategic investment projects, as well as specialist funds and investment tools in several key sectors, including manufacturing, conventional and renewable energy, technology, food, real estate, tourism, health care, logistics, financial services and infrastructure. The move stems from the UAE's strategy prioritising development and social services and achieving the Sustainable Development Strategy 2030 and the objectives of the Centennial 2071. Now these go well with the vision of President El Sisi who understands that the domestic economy is a key driver of stability and prosperity against the menacing threats posed by the forces of terrorism and extremism.

For his part, the Egyptian president has oftentimes reiterated that Gulf security is an integral part of Egypt's stability and this visit re-affirmed this belief that the Gulf region's security is as important for him as Egypt's stability.

The UAE has historically had close ties with Egypt. The Emirates has maintained generous flow of support for developmental projects across various Egyptian governorates in the fields of housing, health, solar energy, education, etc, and would continue to.

Wrapping up the two-day visit, the Egyptian President and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, issued a joint statement confirming that confronting the challenges and risks besetting the Arab region requires a joint Arab action, with Egypt being the cornerstone of Arab security under the current exceptional circumstances.

Last but not least, the visit was reminiscent of the late Sheikh Zayed's historic quote that he left the "love and support of Egypt in a will to his sons."

Mohammed Jalal Alrayssi is Executive Director of the Emirates News Agency, WAM


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