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7Dnews London - Mohamed Tharwat

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:23 GMT

The Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrives in Abu Dhabi for a visit on Wednesday November 13th and will meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to discuss bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern.

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have enjoyed a solid and brotherly relationship since 1971, when a federation was created between the seven Emirates.  

The flourishing relationship was bolstered in 2013 after Egypt’s June 30th revolution, which toppled the Muslim Brotherhood regime after just one year. The UAE was quick to support Egypt in the face of internal and external conspiracies at the time. 

From the Egyptian side, and confirming both countries’ robust relations, President Al-Sisi has reiterated his country’s readiness to confront any aggression if the security of the Arab Gulf is put at risk.  

The Egyptian official policy considers the stability of Arabian Gulf countries as an integral part of its own national security.  

“Egypt will support the UAE and other Arabian Gulf states to prevent attempts to destabilise the region,” Al-Sisi said after the terrorist attacks that targeted tankers in the Gulf of Oman last June. 

He added Egypt supports the UAE and Gulf states in the face of “various challenges, including attempts to destabilise the region, which Egypt considers an integral part of its national security.” 

After touring the New Al Alamein City in Marsa Matrouh, northern Egypt, last March, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed voiced his pleasure of the city tour, and on Twitter said that Egypt is a gateway to peace and stability. 

There is near-total consensus between the two countries in all political issues, ranging from the war on terrorism, the urgent combating of terrorist financiers, defending stability in war-ravaged countries like Syria and Libya by ending the influence of extremist groups, and restoring the legitimate government in Yemen by eliminating the Houthi militia coup. 

While Egypt is a vital member of the Arab military coalition in Yemen, which is led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it also conducts mutual training and joint armed forces exercises directly with the UAE. Army and marine units, together with air forces from both sides have participated in these military drills. The exercises showed that the military in both countries have personal and technical capabilities that enable them to confront any dangers which could pose a threat to security and stability in both Egypt and the UAE. 

Last July, Egypt, the UAE and the United States participated in a joint naval and air drill in the Red Sea, training which formed part of combined exercises between the Egyptian army and Arab and international partners, according to the Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai. 


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