Egypt, UAE Reject Foreign Interventions in Internal Affairs

Friday, 15 November, 2019 - 08:00
Abu Dhabi - Mosaed al-Zayani

Egypt and the UAE have denounced foreign interventions in the regional countries' internal affairs – they renewed their rejection of regional interventions as they decried the latest Turkish offensive on the northeast of Syria.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi welcomed the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council.

They praised the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia and the efforts of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to bring the Yemeni parties to the dialogue table.

During their meeting, they also commended the UAE's efforts to support the agreement in Yemen.

Moreover, they affirmed their keenness to preserve Yemen's unity and sovereignty, as well as serve the interests of Yemenis, restore the country's security and stability, and stop foreign interference in its internal affairs.

Both sides discussed the latest developments to the Palestinian issue, which is the central issue for Arabs, and stressed the importance of reaching a just, comprehensive and lasting outcome in accordance with the two-state solution.

They also underpinned the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on its June 4, 1967, borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant international resolutions.

Further, they expressed their keenness to strengthen their relations and broaden the horizons of development and progress, by intensifying their bilateral consultation and coordination on issues of common interest and jointly exploring opportunities available, to achieve the hopes and aspirations of their peoples.

The two sides expressed their satisfaction at the remarkable growth in their trade that reached a historic high, amounting to around USD5.5 billion in 2018 -- they also stressed the importance of enhancing their bilateral economic cooperation and creating an investment environment that is attractive to investors from both countries.

Both sides expressed concern at the spread of extremist militias and armed terrorist groups in Libya, in light of the country's continuing division while stressing the importance of combating terrorism.

Therefore, they called on all parties to resume the UN-sponsored political process and reaffirmed their full support for the efforts of Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, to find a solution to this crisis.

Both sides expressed their satisfaction at the progress of the recent Renaissance Dam Negotiations held in Washington at a ministerial level, highlighting the importance of reaching an agreement that secures the rights of the Nile Basin countries and prevents harm to their water interests.

They also stressed the importance of reaching a final solution to this issue by mid-January 2020, according to the agreement reached the ministerial meetings in Washington.

Moreover, UAE and Egypt will establish a USD20 billion investment fund, which will be run through Egypt's newly established sovereign wealth fund and Abu Dhabi Development Holding Co.

Sheikh Mohamed launched the fund, along with Sisi, during Sisi's two-day visit to the UAE. Also, the Crown Prince bestowed the Order of Zayed, the UAE's highest civilian honor, to the Egyptian president.

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