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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

UAE keen on strengthening ties with Egypt, welcomes Mursi pledge not to ‘export’ revolution

UAE Foreign Minster Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan said he views newly elected President Mohamed Mursi’s  rule with “optimism.” (AFP)The UAE is keen on strengthening relations with Egypt, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming newly elected President Mohamed Mursi’s pledge not to “export” his country’s revolution.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s statement came days after Egypt’s foreign ministry summoned the UAE ambassador over comments made by Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan.


“We are keen on strengthening these historical and brotherly relations during the upcoming period politically and economically,” Sheikh Abdullah said in a statement published on state news agency WAM.


He welcomed Mursi’s remarks pledging “to not meddle in the affairs of others and not export the revolution” that brought him to power, according to WAM.

Sheikh Abdullah, who said he views Mursi’s rule with “optimism,” added that “Egypt’s strong, balanced and effective role will positively affect the Arab world.”

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates, has not seen any popular protests calling for reforms like those that have swept other Arab countries, including nearby Bahrain and Oman.