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Egypt-UAE cooperation reaching 'new dimension': Army spokesman

Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrives in the UAE to attend joint military exercises with the Gulf emirate

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Mar 2014
El Sis with Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) and Egypt's army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2nd R) review the honor guard upon Sisi's arrival to Abu Dhabi March 11, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt is taking its cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a "new dimension," army spokesperson Ahmed Ali has said.

The countries are undertaking joint military training exercises in the Gulf emirate.

Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in the UAE on Tuesday, where he met his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

El-Sisi's visit is for "purely military reasons," Ali said in comments reported by Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have given strong economic and political support to Egypt, especially since Mohamed Morsi's ouster, Ali said.

The UAE, a staunch opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood, has provided Egypt with almost $7 billion in grants, loans and oil shipments.

On Sunday, the Egyptian military announced a joint plan with UAE construction company Arabtec for a $40 billion project to build one million housing units in Egypt.

The announcement was accompanied by photos of El-Sisi discussing the project with Arabtec's managing director Hassan Abdullah Smeik.

El-Sisi, a popular figure for many Egyptians, is widely expected to announce his candidacy in presidential elections due to take place this spring.

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