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Sisi discusses Arab efforts to resolve regional crises with Abu Dhabi crown prince

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 May 2017
A handout picture provided by United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) shows Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a reception at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi on May 3, 2017 AFP
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Wednesday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan the importance of intensifying Arab and international efforts to achieve political resolutions to the region’s various civil conflicts, Egyptian presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement.

El-Sisi, who arrived in the UAE on Wednesday for a two-day visit, discussed with Bin Zayed, who is also the deputy chief of the UAE armed forces, the latest updates in the Yemeni, Syrian and Libyan civil conflicts.

El-Sisi and Bin-Zayed agreed on the importance of preserving the unity and stability of these countries.

The Egyptian president's arrival to the UAE corresponded with a statement by the Gulf country that talks between two rival Libyan factions led to "significant breakthroughs" in the attempt to end Libya’s civil conflict.

The Libya talks, which took place in the UAE on Tuesday, were attended by rival Libyan leaders Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by both Egypt and UAE.

Egypt has been hosting rounds of negotiations between rival Libyan factions in Cairo since late 2016.

El-Sisi, who also met with several other top UAE leaders, stressed Egypt's appreciation of its ties with the UAE and the support of the Gulf country to Cairo.

The president stressed the importance of continued work to develop relations on all levels, adding that the current period holds major challenges for all Arab countries and calling for unified Arab efforts to boost national security.

El-Sisi also presented during the meeting several development projects underway in Egypt, including the establishment of new cities and other projects related to infrastructure, energy and transportation.

The UAE crown prince stressed that his country supports Egypt’s aspirations to achieve stability and development, adding that stability in Egypt means stability for the whole region.

Bin Zayed said that El-Sisi’s visit to the UAE reflects the continued good relations between the two countries.

The UAE, a key ally of Egypt, has supported Cairo economically and politically since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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