Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for greater cooperation to combat threats to Arab countries, including interference in their internal affairs, during talks in Egypt Wednesday.
El-Sisi and Bin Zayed, who is also deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held a bilateral meeting on development and economic and political cooperation in Ras El-Teen Presidential Palace in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the Egyptian presidency spokesman said in a statement. This was followed by broader talks between delegations from the two countries.
The two sides stressed the importance of continuing "coordination and consultation to address the challenges facing the Arab nation and to reject interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, which threatens the stability and security of their peoples,” presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said.
The crown prince said his country seeks to boost coordination with Egypt to combat threats in the Arab world, at the top of which are “extremism and terrorism and the continuation of regional interferences in Arab countries’ affairs,” according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, meddling in their affairs and backing regional foe Iran – charges that Doha denies.
Bin Zayed said the UAE gives special attention to boosting ties with Egypt, considering it the linchpin of security and stability in the region, adding that supporting Egypt is “fundamental” to his country’s foreign policy, WAM said.
The two called for greater “coordination and solidarity” between Arab countries to preserve the security and stability of the region.
During the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of agreements in trade and industry, housing and irrigation.