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Egypt, UAE stress rejection of foreign interference in Arab affairs
Last Updated: 2018-08-08 07:36 | Xinhua
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Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) expressed Tuesday rejection of foreign interference in Arab domestic affairs in a meeting in Cairo, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and UAE's Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed "keenness on continuing intensified coordination and consultation to confront the challenges facing the Arab national security," said Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady in the statement.

Foreign intervention in Arab domestic affairs would undermine the stability and security of Arab peoples, the statement said.

The two sides also "voiced support for reaching political solutions to the different crises facing the region," it added.

The Egyptian president described his country's ties with the UAE as "an ideal model of constructive cooperation between Arab states" while the Emirati prince referred to Egypt as "a major pillar for the stability and security of the Arab region," according to the statement.

Over the past few years, following a wave of popular uprisings, several Arab states including Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have been going through conflicts and relevant chaotic political and security conditions.

Oil-rich UAE has been a strong supporter of the Egyptian leadership under President Sisi since he, the army chief then, ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against the latter's one-year controversial rule.

Earlier in August, both Egypt and the UAE, along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, concluded a several-day joint naval drill in the Egyptian Red Sea waters.

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