Abu Dhabi summit: Arab leaders emphasise joint work to tackle regional challenges

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Jan 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman highlighted the importance of enhancing joint Arab work to tackle the region's political, security, and economic challenges.

From left, Sultan Haitham bin Tarik of Oman, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad, UAE's President Mohammed bin Zayed, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Jordan's King Abdullah II participate in Abu Dhabi summit. Presidency


The Arab leaders made the remarks on Wednesday during a summit in Abu Dhabi under the title “Prosperity and Stability in the Region,” a statement by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) read.

El-Sisi, UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani partook in the meeting.

Saudi Arabia, the host of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC+3) summit in July last year, and Kuwait did not attend the meeting.

During the summit, the leaders said Arab cooperation and building developmental and economic partnerships is the main entry for achieving development and creating a better future for the Arab peoples.

They also stressed the importance of adhering to the rules of good neighbourliness and respect of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region.

The leaders also discussed a number of regional and international issues and developments of mutual concern as well as the political, security, and economic challenges in the region.

The summit aimed at consolidating and deepening cooperation between the six countries in the fields that serve development, prosperity and stability in the region through further joint work, cooperation, and regional integration, BNA said.

The meeting came a day after a summit that brought together El-Sisi and King Abdullah of Jordan with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo.

The leaders of Egypt, the UAE, and Jordan have intensified meetings over the past year to discuss cooperation and economic integration amid the ongoing global challenges.

The three countries, together with Bahrain, are also bound by an industrial partnership initiative, concerned with implementing joint multi-billion investments in many key sectors.

The summit also came amid failure to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, which would help curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

In a tweet this week, Bahrain’s king warned of a possible Israeli attack against Iranian targets that may destabilise the region in the event of failure to revive the nuclear deal.

The Abu Dhabi summit also comes amid Israeli escalation in the West Bank under the new extreme-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu and proposed Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley, a step that will certainly draw Arab and international rejection. 



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