As Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, bid farewell on Thursday November 14th to the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who has made a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, the two countries, Egypt and UAE, issued a joint statement hailing the special high level of their bilateral cooperation.
The statement also expressed rejection of foreign interventions in the region, especially by Turkey and Iran, and welcomed the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council, which paves the way for a political settlement in the war-torn country, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
It praised Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s efforts to gather the Yemeni parties for dialogue. The statement also highlighted the UAE’s support for the agreement.
The two sides affirmed standing by all the efforts that aim at preserving the unity and sovereignty of Yemen, serving its people, and contributing to ending foreign intervention in the Arab country, and restoring security and stability.
The two sides, according to the statement, held a session of talks, in the presence of high-level delegations from both countries.
Al-Sisi and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed hailed the level of cooperation between the two brotherly nations in various fields, based on the historic relations between them, and in accordance with the instructions of the presidents of Egypt and the UAE.
They affirmed looking forward to enhancing and expanding these relations, through intensifying consultation and coordination on issues of mutual concern, and continuing cooperation in exploring available opportunities in both countries to serve the aspiration of their peoples.
The two sides hailed the special economic ties between the two countries, as Egypt, according to the joint statement, is the largest trade partner to the UAE in Africa. The UAE also represents Egypt’s largest source of foreign investment worldwide.
They expressed satisfaction with the volume of trade exchange between Egypt and the UAE, as it has achieved a huge hike, to reach around $5.5 billion in 2018.
The president, along with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, called for fostering bilateral economic cooperation and working to encourage investments between the two countries, with the aim of supporting current investments and attracting new chances in the coming period, in a way that meets the aspirations of their peoples for progress and prosperity.
The two leaders expressed concerns about the spread of extreme militias, and armed terrorist groups across Libya, amid the state of division witnessed there.
The two sides called on all parties to resume the UN-sponsored political process and affirmed the importance of fighting terrorism in the war-torn country.
They voiced full support for the efforts made by UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, to reach a solution to the crisis.
Concerning the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, (GERD), the two sides hailed progress achieved during the ministerial meeting around the dam in Washington D.C, affirming the need to reach an agreement that secures the rights of the Nile Basin countries, and avoiding any consequences that can harm their water interests.
A solution to the issue must be reached before the middle of January 2020, in accordance with the ministerial meetings in the US capital, the two sides agreed.
The UAE hailed Egypt’s huge accomplishments made under President Al-Sisi, as well as progress in prosperity, security and stability.
Concerning terrorism, the two sides highlighted the leading role played by Egypt to face this phenomenon and renewed their commitment to cooperation together in combating extremism and terrorism. They also affirmed the need for the international community to carry out its responsibilities in this regard.
The two sides affirmed UAE’s sovereignty over the three islands of The Tunbs, and Abu Musa, occupied by Iran. They agreed on the need to call on the Iranian government to respond to the UAE’s invitation, to find a peaceful solution to the issue, whether through direct negotiations, or the International Court of Justice.
They condemned the Turkish and Iranian intervention in the region and reiterated the Arab decision of rejecting the recent Turkish aggression in northeastern Syria, as a clear breach of the principles of the international law and UN resolutions.
The two leaders highlighted the responsibility of the international community to ensure the freedom and security of shipping and navigation, including navigation in international straits, and also protect energy facilities in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea.
The two sides, according to the statement also discussed the Palestinian cause, and affirmed the need to reach a just, permanent and comprehensive solution to the issue, based on the two-state solution, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.
They also referred to Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the world’s oldest mosque-university, which is viewed by both sides as a moderate religious reference. They praised its role in combating extremist thought. In this regard they reviewed the UAE’s huge efforts to promote the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among different religions and cultures.