Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, said that the pace of the Emirati Egyptian relations is picking up on various domains and aspects, guided by the the directions of the UAE’s wise leadership, represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces; and building on the historically strong ties that join the two countries, in order to enhance joint cooperation and elevate international development efforts.
This came as Her Excellency received today HE Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, and the delegation accompanying her, at MICAD’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was also attended by His Excellency Wael Jad, Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE.
During the meeting, which reviewed the ways and channels to enhance cooperation between the two countries, HE Sheikha Lubna AL Qasimi highlighted the UAE’s commitment to supporting the aspirations of the Egyptian people to enhance the quality of living, via directing UAE aid towards sectors related to these aspirations, and enhancing development indices via focusing on supporting projects in infrastructure, education, health, energy, and real estate, as well as developmental capacity enhancement.
Sheikha Lubna explained that the UAE’s aid to Egypt during the year 2014 reached a total of 11.78 billion dirhams (3.21 billion dollars), accounting for 52% of the total UAE foreign aid, compared to an estimated 29.04 billion dirhams (5.81 billion US dollars) over the past five years (2010-2014), accounting for about 48.6% of the total UAE foreign aid. These numbers, HE affirmed, indicate the diversity and inclusiveness of the UAE’s aid to Egypt.
HE Lubna Al Qasimi also praised the pivotal role played by Egypt in facilitating the entry of the UAE’s aid during the humanitarian response to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing. She also highlighted the UAE’s commitment to buying health and aid material from the Egyptian market, especially during the aid campaign to Libya via Alsalloum crossing, as well as deploying a UAE aid ship from Alexandria port to Adan within the context of the UAE’s aid to Yemen.
For her part, HE Sahar Nasr, reaffirmed Egyptian commitment, both on the official and public levels, to enhancing the strong relations with the UAE, within the context of the historical ties that join the two countries. She also affirmed that the UAE’s support to Egypt, which took the most prominent form after the June 30 revolution, supporting the aspirations of the Egyptian people, will always be remembered by the Egyptian people as a monumental stand that represents the strong relations between the two peoples. HE Sahar Nasr also reviewed the outcome of the latest meeting held in Kuwait, which discussed supporting the development of Sinai Peninsula, joining the Egyptian government with representatives of various Arab funds, including the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development representing the UAE.
The meeting was attended by HE Najla Mohammed Al-Kaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for International Cooperation at the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development.
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