Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, held a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh, at an important time that requires full coordination between the two countries.
According to experts and analysts, the region faces many challenges, among which stand out; The Russian-Ukrainian war and its economic and security repercussions in the Arab world, in addition to facing the escalation of threats from the Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia and the security of the Gulf.
In separate interviews, the experts told “Al-Ain Al-Akhbar” that Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are among the current actors to stimulate joint Arab action, seek an Arab consensus formula to deal with threats and rebuild regional security. system that contributes to protecting Arab national security.
According to the official spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, Ambassador Bassam Rady, in a statement issued on Monday, the two sides agreed to maximize Egyptian-Emirati cooperation and coordination to develop the joint Arab action system, which helps protect Arab national security. and enhance Arab capabilities to address the challenges facing the region and the growing security threats to the Territory.
In this context, the Egyptian president highlighted his country’s commitment to its firm position regarding the security of the Gulf and the rejection of any practice that seeks to destabilize it.
Radi said that President Sisi affirmed during the meeting Egypt’s enthusiasm to continue to enhance bilateral cooperation with the UAE in various fields and intensify the pace of holding bilateral meetings between senior officials of the two countries on a regular basis to coordinate actively and mutually towards the successive developments witnessed by the world and the region.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed highlighted Egypt’s steadfast and fundamental role as a pillar of security and stability in the region, and its esteemed efforts to promote joint Arab action at all levels, praising the great qualitative development witnessed in Egyptian relations. -Emiratis in various political, economic, development and other fields, highlighting the common concern of moving towards further deepening and development of these relations.
After the Ukraine crisis
Dr. Bashir Abdel Fattah, an expert at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, confirmed in an exclusive interview with Al-Ain News that the Egyptian-Emirati summit on Monday comes amid many challenges and a very anxious situation. and confused. environment at the regional and international levels, which requires joint cooperation and coordination.
He believed that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia, are among the major Arab players today, and that they serve as levers to mobilize joint Arab action and rebuild a regional security system that helps protect national security. Arab. .
Speaking about the many “dangerous” challenges facing the Arab world, Abdel Fattah said: There is the Russo-Ukrainian war and its negative shadows on various levels, be it economic or security, and the challenge is also specific to Iran and the United States. Joined. ‘ try to return it to the global energy market; To compensate for any shortcomings in Russian exports, and in return, there are concessions that Washington will make, including removing the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist organizations and approving the nuclear deal, and that also poses a regional challenge.
Among the challenges facing the region are the continued threats from the Houthi group and their attempts to obstruct the Gulf Cooperation Council’s efforts for a Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue that would help exit the crisis.
Abdel-Fattah referred to the Egyptian and Emirati enthusiasm about the need to quell tensions in the region, with the Palestinian issue at the center, and spoke of opportunities to reactivate the path of negotiations with the Israeli side.
In view of the “unprecedented” challenges it presented, he said, “Egyptian-Emirati coordination will be very important, especially as Arab national security suffers from unprecedented strategic exposure and threats today.”
“Abdel-Fattah” gives a broad title to today’s summit, which is preparing for the “post-crisis Ukraine” phase in which the world will be different from the pre-crisis phase, and preparing the conditions of the Arab world to adapt to this phase in terms of energy security, food security, the issue of weapons and the diversity of their sources.
The timing of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s visit to Egypt and his meeting with President Sisi: “very important; to confront the great dangers that threaten the Arab world and try to find an Arab consensus formula to confront them,” according to the ambassador Ezzat Saad. , former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Ain News, Saad concurred with his predecessor, the Al-Ahram expert, on the most important challenges facing the nation, including the fallout from the Russo-Ukrainian war, as well as discussing the impending signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran, in addition to the escalation of threats from the Houthi militia.
He added: “There is also the issue of the Syrian archive, and the clear movement led by the United Arab Emirates in the framework of the restoration of Syria from the Arab incubator.”
These challenges, “Saad” believes, require high-level coordination with a country like the United Arab Emirates, with its remarkable diplomatic activity, which is not hidden from anyone during the recent period.
He also stressed that any summit meeting bringing together President Sisi and the Emirati leaders is a very important event, aimed at the benefit of the Arab nation and the promotion of joint Arab action.
The Emirates News Agency, WAM, had previously reported that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi had arrived in Sharm El-Sheikh, on a brotherly visit to Egypt.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi led the reception for Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed upon his arrival at Sharm El-Sheikh airport.