Mohamed bin Zayed meets Egyptian Interim President

WAM CAIRO, 1st September 2013 (WAM)– His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Egyptian Interim President, Counselor Adly Mansour, today discussed the fraternal relations and cooperation between the UAE and Egypt.

The discussions took place as the Egyptian President received His Highness the Crown Prince and his entourage at the Al Etihadiya Palace in Cairo.

During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed conveyed to the Egyptian President greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and their best wishes of progress, stability and prosperity for the leadership and people of Egypt.

The two sides also discussed ways of bolstering and supporting aspects of cooperation between the UAE and Egypt in the service of their interests and the aspirations of their two brotherly peoples. They underscored the importance for expanding cooperation between the two countries through strengthening their existing partnerships, in economic, investment and development avenues in particular, as well as through co-ordination on matters of common interest.

At the meeting which was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, the two sides also discussed the latest regional developments, and the efforts by Arabs and the international community to contain their consequences and to boost the opportunities for regional and international peace and security.

The two sides also exchanged views and ideas on a number of matters and topics of common interest.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed affirmed the UAE’s satisfaction with the return of security and stability to Egypt, thanks to the efforts being made by the Egyptian leadership at this critical juncture, in partnership with the different effective national powers, in order to implement the roadmap to the future, which lays the foundation for a new reign for Egypt to continue its march of building, development and progress and to play its important Arab and international role.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed re-affirmed the UAE’s support to the Egyptian people and its choices for determining their national requirements and aspirations. He also re-affirmed that the UAE’s support to Egypt stems from its Arab national affiliation and its own national and humanitarian policy which is based on peace, security, tolerance, love, as well as on urging for cooperation, rejection of division and violence, so as to establish stability and implement development and prosperity for all peoples.

He emphasised that the directives by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in this regard are clear and stipulate providing support to Egypt and its people, and backing its efforts to preserve its security and stability and to harness all the capabilities to stimulate its economy. This emanates from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa’s belief that a strogn and stable Egypt is a strength for, and a pillar of the renaissance of the Arab Nation and the Islamic Nation.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said, “The UAE people and leadership will always remain a strong supporter for Egypt and its brotherly people in continuation of the UAE’s unwavering approach established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who also established the historic and solid relationship with Egypt and its brotherly people, based on love, friendliness and cordiality and on the principles of fraternity, mutual respect. This approach continues under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who is always keen on deepening pan-Arab solidarity in the service of the causes of the Arab Nation and the Islamic Nation.” “Egypt has offered a lot to the causes of the Arab Nation and the Islamic Nation, and has spared no effort to provide all forms of support and assistace for defending the causes of us Arabs. Therefore it is not strange to see Arabs effectively move to back Egypt and stand by it in times of crisis,” His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expadded.

His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi wished Egypt further glory, pride and eminence, and continuous peace and stability. He also wished the Egyptian people success in fulfilling their aspirations for progress and dignified living.

For his part, the Interim Egyptian President, Adly Mansour, asked His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to convey greetings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the people of the UAE.

He thanked the UAE for standing by Egypt and supporting the Egyptian people’s choices. He also expressed appreciation of the Egyptian leadership and people for the UAE’s initiatives and contributions in support for his country noting that these reflect the strength of the fraternal and outstanding relations between the two countries and their peoples.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Lt. General Hamad Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director of the State Security Department, Mohammed Nakhira Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to Egypt, Staff Major General Eisa Saif Mohammed Al Mazrouie, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Mazrouie, Under-Secretary of the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Senior Egyptian officials who attended the meeting include Interim Prime Minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, Presidential Adviser for Strategic and Political affairs, Mustafa Hegazi, the Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate, Major General Mohammed Fareed, Ihab Badawi, Minister Plenipotentiary and Presidential Spokeman, and Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE, Tamer Mansour.

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