The visit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Egypt at this time to confirm the extended coordination between the two countries.
The timing of the visit bears many indications that confirm the continuous coordination between the two leaderships in many political, security, economic and other files, which have reached the stage of partnership at multiple levels.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Cairo Airport, to emphasize the depth of relations between the two countries.
Practical experiences indicate that the Egyptian-Emirati coordination and understanding between the two countries on Arab and regional issues always reflects positively and effectively on the Arab region, avoiding the outbreak of many crises.
On the other hand, Egypt’s support for the security and stability of the Arab Gulf region is a steadfast approach that Cairo adhered to, and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated his firm assertion on it more than once.
The issue of combating terrorism and rejecting extremism and violence and incitement to them is a file that brings the two countries together and is linked to their respective policies in political, diplomatic and religious work.
Accompanying with the trend is the emphasis on the need to preserve regional and international peace and security, by combating extremist and terrorist groups.
The policies of Egypt and the UAE indicate their eagerness to fight these groups and combat their destructive ideas, and Cairo and Abu Dhabi have also moved towards focusing on renewing the religious discourse, and the true understanding of religion away from the factors of exaggeration and militancy that often ends with the road towards hatred and violence, and the importance of the role of education and the promotion of tolerance and happiness alongside participation Youth and the positive role of the family, women, culture and religious moderation. In a wide participation between the responsible authorities in the two countries.
On the economic track, the relations between the two countries witnessed a set of agreements and protocols, most notably: an agreement for scientific and technical cooperation in agricultural fields, an agreement on trade exchange and economic and technical cooperation and the encouragement and protection of investments, an agreement to establish a joint higher committee between the two countries, a joint cooperation agreement between the General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce. And the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the UAE, an agreement for joint cooperation between the Consumer Cooperative Union in the UAE and the General Union of Cooperatives in Egypt, an agreement to establish a joint Egyptian-Emirati Business Council between the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Abu Dhabi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, an agreement for the promotion and protection of investment, an agreement on legal and judicial cooperation, an agreement Concerning airlines, a memorandum of understanding between the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company and the General Investment Authority.
The volume of non-oil trade exchange between the two countries in the first half of 2020 amounted to about $ 3.4 billion, a growth of 20% compared to the same period of 2019, despite the significant impact of the Corona pandemic on the volume of trade worldwide.
Meanwhile, direct Emirati investments in Egypt reached about $ 15 billion, while Egypt’s investments in the UAE amounted to more than $ 1 billion.
The Emirati-Egyptian relations have witnessed historical milestones over the past 50 years, which will remain engraved in the history and memory of the two countries, and the most important of which is the economic aid that was ordered by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, to Cairo in 1967, following the June setback.
Four years later, the beginning of political relations between the UAE and Egypt, and less than two years later, new support from the UAE to Egypt in the October 1973 War began.
Just as the Arabs do not forget Sheikh Zayed’s saying, the Egyptians do not forget it when he made his famous saying “Arab oil is not more precious than Arab blood.”
In 1995, Sheikh Zayed ordered the construction of Zayed City in Egypt to house 150,000 people, and in 2013 the support came in the critical circumstances that the Egyptians passed through, to be politically and economically after the June 30 revolution.
History records Sheikh Zayed as the man who inculcated the orientation towards Egypt with all love and appreciation, undertaking the Emirati-Egyptian relations with care and care, and weaving extremely distinguished and special relations with them.
There are many projects that he established on the land of Egypt, the most important of which is Sheikh Zayed City, which is one of the new cities that was established in 1995 with funding from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
Likewise, the Sheikh Zayed neighborhood in the cities of Suez and Ismailia, two of the neighborhoods that Zayed presented to the Egyptians as a serious contribution to removing the effects of the Israeli aggression on the canal cities in the June 1967 war.
Including the Sheikh Zayed Canal with a length of 50 kilometers in Toshka, to cultivate 450 thousand acres, and may God have mercy on him presented it as a gift to Egypt, the Sheikh Zayed canal in the Wadi Natrun area, and the Sheikh Zayed canal east of the Suez Canal in the heart of Sinai, which narrates 40 thousand acres, all of this from a deep faith From him in Egypt and its vital and historical role towards its Arab nation.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the author of the famous saying “Egypt is for the Arabs the heart, and if the heart dies, then the Arabs have no life.”
In conclusion, the relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are witnessing continuous progress, which reflects the development of relations between the two countries in various fields, and the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi comes at this time with very positive results to confirm the continuation of a strong partnership between the leadership and the peoples of the two countries.