ABU DHABI, 26th February, 2018 (WAM) — Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, and Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt, held a discussion at the FNC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi today, which focussed on the parliamentary relations between the UAE and Egypt and their exchange of knowledge and visits, as well as their co-operation on issues of mutual interest.
Both sides highlighted the importance of international co-operation in countering terrorist groups and taking comprehensive action to combat them through a clear and unified strategy, as well as the necessity of increasing their efforts in an immediate and effective manner while asserting their rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism, regardless of motives, justification or source.
Dr. Al Qubaisi and Abdel Aal also stressed the importance of strengthening the parliamentary co-operation between the FNC and the Egyptian House of Representatives to serve Arab and Islamic causes, especially those that have priority in international parliamentary events, during a period when the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, will witness significant changes. They also affirmed the importance of co-ordination among the Arab group in the IPU, in order to be effective and for its voice to be heard when defending Arab causes.
Dr. Al Qubaisi and Aal signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to establish a parliamentary friendship association between the FNC and the Egyptian House of Representatives, to support their ties of friendship, understanding and co-operation, strengthen their joint co-operation in parliamentary work, exchange opinions and advice on parliamentary diplomacy, and improve their bilateral relations.
The planned association will specialise in areas that include exchanging parliamentary visits and information and holding bilateral parliamentary meetings on the sidelines of international and regional forums and events.
Dr. Al Qubaisi stated that the visit of Aal is important, as it reflects the special relations between the two countries, whose foundations were established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and were followed by the country’s leadership.
She added that the joint meetings between the UAE and Egypt aim to discuss the means of strengthening their co-operation, co-ordination and joint work, to achieve their developmental goals and strategic visions.
Abdel Aal said that the UAE’s democratic experience is truly successful and its first steps began with the nation’s establishment, which has helped it to achieve economic, social and political development and has made a unique nation. He added that the UAE’s democracy is the result of the wise policy of Sheikh Zayed, who Egypt loves, respects and appreciates, and his loyal sons have followed his path while pointing out that the parliamentary relations between the FNC and the Egyptian House of Representatives reflect the relations between their people.