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Saudi Arabia’s “close and complementary” relationship with the UAE benefits a wider region, UAE minister of state told Arab News

RIYAD: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two Gulf Arab countries linked by strong family, religious, cultural and commercial ties, have enjoyed brotherly relations for most of their modern existence. The depth of the relationship owes much to a tradition of regular official exchanges, reciprocal visits by members of the royal family and high-level summits. In an interview with Arab News, Khalifa Shaheen Al-Marar, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates, described how the two countries have adopted policies that benefit the Arab region and contribute to better outcomes for world peace and human well-being.

Q. Relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have come a long way since the unification of the seven emirates into a federation began 50 years ago this month. How would you describe the current state of the bilateral relationship?

A. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia enjoy a strategic partnership based on the same goals and the same vision of regional prosperity, security and stability. The United Arab Emirates believes that the development journey of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Prince heir, is remarkable and contributes to the general progress and growth of the region.

Q. What is the significance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the United Arab Emirates?

A. The visit is part of sustained efforts to deepen strategic cooperation and coordination between our two countries on local, regional and international issues, reflecting the common visions and policies of the leaders of our two countries.

The vision of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince is embodied in his efforts and tireless work for progress, especially economically, as Saudi Arabia has championed many achievements to advance the prospects of the whole region. for prosperity and development.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. (DXBMediaOffice)

Q. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have always had similar views on economic, security and geopolitical issues. Do you foresee an equally high degree of similarity in the future?

A. Absoutely. On all fronts, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have made efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the service of our peoples and the region at large. The similarities in economic development between UAE and Saudi Arabia have united our two nations and enabled us to boost prosperity.

Having already convened two meetings of the Saudi-UAE Coordinating Council in recent years, our two countries wish to develop new partnerships in all sectors, including tourism, infrastructure, transport, maritime transport and logistics. Bilateral discussions continue to address efforts to develop the national economy in the non-oil sectors, as well as ways to improve the business climate and empower the private sector in our countries.

Politically, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have championed common goals to ensure that the peoples of the region can achieve their aspirations for security, stability, peace and development. In Yemen in particular, the UAE remains steadfast in its calls for a political solution to end the conflict and maintains full confidence in the leadership of Saudi Arabia on this matter.

In addition, our two countries have also made great strides in providing aid and development assistance to those beyond our region, in order to contribute to better results for world peace and good. -To be human. Going forward, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will continue to use their partnership to advocate for the world’s most vulnerable people and join the international community to mobilize increased support for humanitarian and development causes around the world. .

Q. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are both diversifying their economies, offering incentives to attract capital and talent, encouraging small businesses and start-ups, and trying to provide their young citizens with exciting new careers in the world. private sector. How can this be a win-win situation for both countries?

A. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia enjoy a close and complementary relationship that benefits both countries and the region as a whole, which includes economic and developmental integration. We believe that healthy economic competition in the region is important, and the UAE continues to see it as an opportunity to generate new perspectives and adopt policies that benefit the region as a whole.

In addition, the economic partnership of our two countries is based on open exchange and cooperation. The Saudi-Emirati Coordinating Council, a high-level bilateral mechanism established to harmonize Saudi Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021, continues to play an important role in signing additional economic agreements and streamlining trade between our two countries.

Khalifa Shaheen Al-Marar, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates. (Provided)

Q. Where do you see the two countries playing together in the future?

A. As the UAE celebrates 50 years of its founding as a nation, we will continue to work to strengthen our regional and international partnerships. Together with Saudi Arabia, we seek a region where prosperity and security flourish, thereby unleashing human potential and ensuring lasting peace.

We share common goals in preventing extremism and terrorism, and our two countries agree that maintaining maritime security is a priority and a strategic necessity for the stability of our neighborhood. Looking to the future, our two countries are committed to working together to address a number of contemporary global issues, including public health, the fight against extremism, women’s empowerment and climate change.

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as the largest Gulf economies, recognize that we must play a leading role in adopting clean energy technologies and promoting a sustainable future for generations to come. . Through economic diversification and green innovation, our two countries are determined to promote climate resilience and conservation, especially in developing countries.