2nd meeting of Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council held

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(Abu Dhabi) – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, have presided over the second meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting comes as part of the efforts by the two countries to activate all aspects of cooperation that leads to full integration in economy, knowledge and human development, and military.

All members of the Council, Chairpersons of the Executive Committee and the General Secretariat of the Executive Committee participated in the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcome Prince Mohammed bin Salman and said, “My dear brother and friend Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is a pleasure to welcome you among your people in the UAE and through you I extend greetings to the fraternal Saudi people and wish further progress, prosperity and stability for the Saudi Arabia’s leadership, government and people.”

Sheikh Mohamed noted, “While speaking about relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the best thing is to recall words of our father the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan when he was asked about Saudi Arabia, he said, ” The UAE is with Saudi Arabia with heart and soul, and we believe that we are sharing the same destiny, and we have to stand one man’s stand, and cooperate together.”

Sheikh Mohamed indicated that these concise words were expressive and farsighted, and have drawn the historic and strategic relations between the two countries that have been confirmed in multiple stances and over past decades.”

Sheikh Mohamed drew attention to the fact that the formation of the Council was in implementation to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud mirrors these strong relations and aim at strengthening them for a shining future for our countries.”

His Highness said that the achievements and the positive results achieved by the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council on the ground are a source of pleasure and indicated that the council, during the last short time, has launched qualitative initiatives to achieve well-being of the peoples of the two countries, adding, “Today, we have 20 joint development field in the economic, security, human development and others domains.”

Sheikh Mohamed added, “Our joint economy ranks 16th globally and we can work together to become one of the top ten economies in the world. Our overseas investments currently exceed US$ 250 billion in various economic sectors and our investment funds are ranked first in the world. We will increase our investments to be one of the top ten countries investing globally. Our financial markets exceed US$ 720 billion and we seek to be one of the top ten financial markets globally.”

His Highness stressed that this unique model of integration is not only beneficial to both countries, but also leads the Gulf Cooperation Council and provides an exceptional model for Arab-Arab cooperation, as well as place the two countries in a distinguished position on the map of international allies.

Sheikh Mohamed pointed out that the relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are not only historical and strategic ties, but also relations of blood and joint destiny, as their foundations were laid by the late Sheikh Zayed and his fellow kings of Saudi Arabia.