The bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt are unquestionably strong. The recent visit by the Egyptian President to the UAE represents these long-standing historical relations between the two sister countries.

The President of Egypt was warmly welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The relations between the UAE and Egypt are not about tactical interests. They are about solid strategic national interests based on stable foundations. The two countries share a common strategic vision about regional security and deeply understand how to deal with the sources of threat in this regard. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the UAE, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, stands firmly alongside its sister country, Egypt, in the war against terrorism, which will not be able to disrupt its vision aimed at development, progress and the well-being of its people.

The strategic policies of the two countries are almost identical. The two leaderships believe that "national security is indivisible." This principle was confirmed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan more than once and President Sisi said in all meetings that "the security of the Gulf states is an integral part of Egypt's national security."

There is no doubt that the visit of the Egyptian President to the UAE is a continuation of consultation and coordination between the two countries, and comes at a very important time. Crises in Syria, Iraq and Yemen require building of a unified Arab position of the Arab actors and decision-makers in this historical phase to preserve the interests of the Arab nations, and to continue the process of defending Arab national security and protecting it from external interference.

Our wise leadership, headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed solidarity with Egypt at all times. Solidarity is an indispensable strategic option in our foreign policy in light of the growing challenges and threats facing Arab national security and continuous plots threatening Arab countries with disintegration, chaos and unrest.

The strategic interests and benefits resulting from the close cooperation between the UAE and Egypt are not limited to the bilateral relations, of course. This cooperation also benefits the regional and global security. In addition to Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain, the two countries are part of the quartet against the conspiracies of the regional powers that plan to violate the sovereignty of the Arab States and undermine the interests and gains of the people. The four countries have not only joined efforts to confront Qatar, which turned its back on the Gulf and Arab system, finances terrorism, and hosts terrorists, provides media platforms for them, funds and logistically support them; they have also set important strategic objectives for the current stage.

The UAE and Egypt are two Arab countries that have a unique tradition of close communication since the founding of the Union State. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established the foundations of this established relationship, had a special admiration for Egypt and told his sons to keep an eye on it. His commitment continues with the present leadership. The relations between the two countries have become a model that combines shared interests and political principles.