Cairo, 28 Rabi’ul Awwal 1436/19 January 2015 (MINA) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said his country’s relations with the United Arab Emirates are excellent and will remain special, during his first official visit to the Gulf state on Sunday (18/1).
In an interview with the Abu Dhabi TV Channel, Sisi described Egypt’s relationship with the UAE as “strong and balanced since it was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” the official news agency (WAM) quoted him as saying.
Sheikh Al Nahyan, the UAE’s first president, is considered to be the founding father of the federal Gulf state, Al-Arabiya quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Sisi said that UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the commander of the Union Defence Force, and his brothers had followed Sheikh Zayed’s path and ensured that relations between the UAE and Egypt must always remain special.
“The Egyptian people can talk about these relations better than any official, especially when it comes to talking about Sheikh Zayed and his sons,” Sisi added.
He also said that the two countries shared similar views regarding counter-terrorism.
“We share the same view that terrorism is a threat to the nations, to the reputation of the tolerant Islam and to all people.” (T/P006/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)