ABU DHABI, 8th February, 2018 (WAM) — Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi wasn’t exaggerating when he referred to Egypt as “the pillar of the Arab nation, and the platform that brings the Arab nation together.”
“Since the evolution of the Arab nation state, Egypt has held a special place in the region. For generations, it has been its cultural capital. Its uniqueness, and centrality, in the Arab family of nations has never been disputed. A stable and strong Egypt is the bedrock of broader Arab stability and strength,” said Gulf News in an editorial on Thursday.
The paper continued, “After the disruption and instability wrought by events associated with the so-called Arab Spring, Egypt found its bearings under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.
“The instability that plagued the country reduced significantly and Egypt saw steady improvement in the economic situation.”
During their meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, expressed their pride in the deep bonds between the UAE and Egypt, as well as the close cooperation that serves the interests of the people of both nations. They also discussed means to combat extremism, violence and terrorism, and drying up their sources of funding.
The editorial added, “Under el-Sisi, Egypt’s relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in particular, have reached new heights. Underlying these close ties are the common values and shared understanding of the dangers this region faces, and identifying where the threat comes from. The UAE-Egypt relationship is also based on a remarkable consensus on regional and international issues.”
“The Gulf region is the most stable and well-administered corner of the Arab world. And the fact that its ties with the most populous country in the Arab world has continued to strengthen is good news for all Arabs,” concluded the Dubai-based daily.