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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince in Cairo to discuss support for Egypt

In the latest of a series of gestures aimed at assisting the Egyptian people and their economy, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Al-Nahyan is in Cairo to discuss how his country can best offer support

Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Sep 2013
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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (Photo: Reuters)
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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan arrived in Cairo on Sunday intending to discuss ways of supporting Egypt after the 30 June uprising that led to the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
 
Al-Nahyan, who is also the deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, plans to meet Egypt’s interim figures President Adly Mansour, Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Ziad Bahaaeddin, the deputy prime minister for economic affairs.
 
In August, a top-level government delegation from the UAE visiting Cairo said the Gulf state will support Egypt "in whatever way [Egypt] sees suitable."
 
Sultan Al-Jaber, the UAE's state minister, said that in addition to loans and grants, his country will devise programmes aimed at restructuring several sectors in the Egyptian economy, including energy, spinning and weaving and steel.
 
Egypt's Central Bank said in July that it received $3 billion in aid from UAE, part of the $12 billion pledged by Gulf Arab states after Morsi’s removal.
The UAE has also sent seven shipments of fuel worth $225 million in the same month.
 
The Arab countries' support is driven mainly by the monarchs' desire to support Egypt in crushing the Muslim Brotherhood, which they see as a threat to their own domestic stability.
 
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