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“The United Arab Emirates and Egypt, one heart” is the slogan under which the Maghreb and Persian Arab territories celebrate the 50th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relations in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. The event, which will be attended by ministers, officials and leading business, intellectual and professional figures from both countries, will run from October 26 to 28 and will include an economic and cultural forum.

“Today we are celebrating 50 years of the establishment of Emirati-Egyptian relations,” Minister of State at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar told Reuters. ‘WAM News Agency,’[ties] whose foundations were laid by the founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, with whom Egypt had strong diplomatic and strategic ties”.

Thus, according to the diplomatic adviser to Emirati President Mohammed bin Zayed, Anwar Gargash, the Egyptian-Emirati golden wedding “demonstrates the strength of the historical relations between two brotherly peoples […] united by coordination and mutual consultation on political and diplomatic matters”. […] have been woven into a model that integrates all areas and all levels of cooperation”.

The summit will take place “in addition to 20 sessions that will bring together ministers from the Egyptian and Emirati governments, heads of economy, culture, media and the private sector”, Al-Gergawi said, noting that the order of the day of the event would open with a recorded message from the Egyptian. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi. “We are proud of the relationship that began with Sheikh Zayed, author of the famous phrase “Arab oil is no more valuable than Arab blood”“, said the Egyptian leader. “The relationship is unique and is also based on understanding the current situation in the Mena region and strengthening mutual interests.

PICTURE/FILE – Meeting between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo

In addition, the celebration also featured a speech by Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit. “The United Arab Emirates strongly supported Egypt during the 2013 revolution and […] President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi,” the Arab organization’s leader said, referring to the Egyptian uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s rule.”[Now]Egypt and the United Arab Emirates enjoy privileged relations, and the Arab League is the main beneficiary of any positive relationship between its members.”

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PICTURE/FILE – File photo. Popular uprisings against the regime of Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

Aboul Gheit stressed the important role of the international organization “not only for political action, but as a broad and ancient system which also covers economic and social aspects, and includes activities in all fields”. In this sense, the Secretary-General underlined the next summit of the League “which will be held in Algeria in the coming days, and which [he hopes] will be a summit for the reunification of all Arab countries”.

The Minister of State for Defense Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Ahmed Al-Bowardi, underlined that relations between Cairo and Abu Dhabi can be considered “a model for relations between Arab countries”.

On the economic front, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi highlighted the growth of economic and trade relations between the two countries, especially in the volume of mutual investments. “In the first five months of 2022, non-oil foreign trade between the two nations exceeded 14.1 billion Emirati dirhamsan increase of 6% compared to the same period in 2021,” Al-Zeyoudi said. “The United Arab Emirates is the leading country in terms of foreign direct investment, accounting for 29% of foreign investment in Egypt.

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AFP PHOTO/HO/WAM – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Emirati President, and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egyptian President, December 1, 2016

The history of Egyptian-Emirati diplomatic relations dates back to the birth of the Persian Gulf country in 1971, when the territory gained independence from the British crown and was recognized by the government in Cairo. Since then, exchanges of diplomats, politicians and professionals in many other sectors – such as engineering, urban planning, communications and sports – have gradually strengthened the ties between the two countries.

Today, Egypt has an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate general in Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates has an embassy in Cairo. Moreover, the Emirati support for the 2013 Egyptian coup, the donation of several cargo ships carrying one million tons of wheat by the Emirati President Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the friendly ties between the political leaders of the two countries have made of the United Arab Emirates one of the closest allies.

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