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Like father, like sons

By the Gazette Editorial Board

The UAE Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who is also the Supreme Commander of his country’s Armed Forces, visited Cairo this week. And President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was at the airport to receive a guest, whose country enjoys an excellent, strategic and historical relationship with Egypt.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed was leading a high-level delegation to discuss the two countries’ strategic partnership and co-operation in different fields.

President Sisi said that UAE-Egyptian relations form the basis for constructive inter-Arab co-operation, which has the potential to strengthen much-needed joint Arab Action.

Also highlighting the two countries’ time-honoured relations, President Sisi said that together with their leaders, the peoples of the two countries have always been keen to preserve and boost such relations to serve supreme Arab interests and fulfil their aspirations.

Reciprocating, the UAE Crown Prince expressed his and his people’s deep respect for, and appreciation of, the historical relations between UAE and Egypt.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed asserted that the two countries’ relations were based on mutual respect, the principle of interest-sharing and solidarity to deepen security and stability in the region.

The UAE leader referred to a fundamentally-important point when he confirmed that his country’s strong relations and co-operation with Egypt were empowering comprehensive development programmes in the Arab countries.

Egyptians vividly remember that it was the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, who established the strong basis of his country’s relationship with Egypt. The founder of the UAE also laid the strong foundations of joint Arab work to help the Arab peoples across the region to achieve their dreams and hopes.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan is still remembered for devoting his life to the service of his people and their Arab brothers. He had the strong belief that unshakeable Arab unity and solidarity would help dismantle the conspiracies woven at home or overseas against the Arab peoples so as to impede their efforts to achieve their ambitions.

The founder’s sons now walk in his footsteps. The UAE has built constructive bonds with Arab countries with no exception. The UAE is also assessing its foreign relations to serve the interests of the Arab peoples and help them enjoy stability and security.

Following their father’s advice, his sons are appreciating the fact that Egypt is the bedrock of stability and security in the Arab world.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed confirmed to the Egyptian people and their leadership that his country was keen to accelerate co-operation in different spheres.


CAIRO, August 7, 2018 (MENA) - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nuhayyan left Egypt Tuesday following a few hours visit.

He was seen off at the Cairo International Airport by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

CAIRO, August 7, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed on Tuesday Egypt's keenness on boosting strategic relations with the UAE in all fields.

The president made the remarks during a meeting at the Ittihadia palace with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nuhayyan, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.

During the meeting, Sisi welcomed Al-Nuhayyan and his accompanying delegation, stressing that the Egyptian-UAE relations represent an ideal model for constructive cooperation among Arab countries.

For his part, Al-Nuhayyan stressed that Egyptian-UAE relations are based on mutual respect, solidarity and cooperation to maintain security and stability in the Arab region.

He also praised the role played by Egypt to maintain regional security.

The spokesman added that the meeting tackled regional issues of mutual concern as well as means of boosting mutual cooperation to maintain Arab national security.

They also reiterated their rejection of any interference in the domestic affairs of Arab countries and voiced their support for political settlement of the Mideast issues.


CAIRO, Aug 2 , 2018 (MENA) - UAE Ambassador in Cairo and Permanent Representative to the Arab League Jumaa Mubarak Al Junaibi said that all indications show that relations between Cairo and Abu Dhabi have reached the level of a strategic partnership over the past few years.

The UAE ambassador cited the mutual visits between both countries' leaders and the growing trade and investment exchange levels as evidence on the solid bilateral relations in various domains.

In an interview with Al Akhbar newspaper, Junaibi said that the wise leaderships in both countries are tied with friendship and brotherly bonds, a relation that contributed to consolidating cooperation, consultations and coordination between them.

Leaders in both countries are keen on going ahead with their intensified cooperation with the aim to address challenges facing the Arab region, Junaibi added.

He asserted that his country is always keen on Egypt's stability and security.

He pointed out that UAE investments in Egypt have been significantly developed over the past few years, highlighting that their volume is worth $6.514 billion and that 941 UAE firms are currently operating in the Egyptian market.

DUBAI, August 2, 2018 (News Wires) -- An off-duty pilot got drunk, threatened to blow up an aircraft and assaulted a stewardess, a court heard on Wednesday.

An Emirates flight was flying in from Madrid when a Romanian stewardess encountered the off-duty Emirati pilot, who got drunk and behaved rowdily in June.

Troublemaking started as crew members were embarking passengers and the plane was getting ready for departure, according to records, when the Emirati pilot, who was a passenger, asked the Romanian stewardess if smoking was allowed on the aircraft.

Shortly after being seated, the 27-year-old Emirati allegedly cursed flyers, insulted and assaulted the Romanian and grabbed two beers without the crew members’ permission and consumed more liquor.

When crew members tried to talk the Emirati in to behaving properly and to refrain from using foul language, the Emirati behaved rudely with a passenger and the stewardess restrained him with a plastic handcuff.

Once he was restrained in his seat, the Emirati turned more aggressive and shouted loudly that he would blow up the plane with explosives that he allegedly had on him. The man was also said to have banged his head repeatedly on the TV screen in front of him and destroyed it and damaged a window. He also threatened to chase the Romanian to her house and kill her.

Police apprehended the Emirati suspect once the plane landed at Dubai International Airport.

Prosecutors charged the suspect with getting drunk, behaving rowdily on-board an aircraft and threatening its safety and that of the passengers when he threatened to blow it up. He was additionally charged with threatening to kill the stewardess, cursing crew members and passengers and causing Dh10,000 worth of damage to the Emirates’ properties [TV screen and window].

Prosecutors said the suspect got drunk and endangered the flight’s safety and that of the passengers when he alleged [verbally] that he was carrying explosives that he threatened to detonate while the plane was in the skies. He also punched the stewardess on her chest.

The suspect pleaded guilty when he showed up in the Dubai Court of First Instance on Wednesday.

He asked presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi to adjourn the case until he hires a lawyer to defend him.

The Romanian told prosecutors that the suspect started misbehaving when boarding started at the Madrid airport.

“He seemed to be acting abnormally … he asked me if smoking was allowed, and when I responded negatively, he emphasised that he was aware because he was a pilot. A few hours after take-off, he started acting rowdily. He ran towards the aircraft’s kitchen, took two beers without permission … he disturbed the passengers’ comfort, shouted, and cursed. He also threatened to kill me … and claimed that he would blow up the plane because he was carrying explosives. When I demanded him to remain seated, he shouted loudly … he headed to the washroom that was occupied and banged the door loudly. The woman who was inside came out petrified and returned to her seat … he grabbed two more beers and drank one before I took the other from him. A passenger assisted me in restraining the suspect, who banged his head on the TV screen and broke. Police arrested him once we landed,” the stewardess testified to prosecutors.

When questioned by police and prosecutors, the suspect admitted he kicked the window and banged his head on the TV screen, cursed the crew members and flyers and threatened them.

ABU DHABI, July 27, 2018 (MENA) - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz explored ways to further promote bilateral relations and cement friendship ties between the two countries, the UAE news agency WAM reported on Friday.

In a phone conversation on Thursday, the two sides discussed the recent regional and
international developments and exchanged views on an array of issues of mutual concern.

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