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Mohamed bin Zayed receives Egypt’s Foreign Minister

Cairo- Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met on Saturday in Abu Dhabi with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who conveyed a verbal message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, which was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the two men tackled the latest Arab developments, as well as the efforts being exerted to overcome the current crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

The two leaders also agreed on the importance of undergoing fast procedures to face dangers that threaten Arab national security, and to joint efforts to bolster Arab unity in facing those threats, especially in issues related to fighting terrorism.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Shoukry also discussed the importance of coordination in addition to the Arab solidarity to maintain the region’s security and stability.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi stressed the pivotal role of Egypt in the Arab world, and the Arab stance to overcome the violent crises facing the region, UAE’s WAM news agency reported on Saturday.

“Egypt is the important strategic dimension to the Arab world, which is confident about its abilities, and rejects intervention in its affairs,” Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said.

During the meeting, Emirati and Egyptian officials also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation between both countries and exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments.

Also, Egypt’s Shoukry and the UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan agreed on Saturday to establish a bilateral political consultation mechanism with meetings to be held every six months.

In an official statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the decision comes following an Abu Dhabi meeting that witnessed talks about ongoing regional developments and international conflicts of common interest.

The new body will hold meetings twice a year, at the level of Foreign Ministers, and also at the level of senior officials. This framework will enhance the strategic relationship between the two countries.