Local Press: UAE-Saudi Arabia ties exemplary

ABU DHABI, 9th June, 2018 (WAM) — Talk about true friendship between two strong nations and the exemplary relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia stand out as a perfect model, The Gulf Today said in its editorial on Saturday.

“Through the ‘Strategy of Resolve’, which was planned over 12 months by 350 Emirati and Saudi officials from 139 government and military authorities, the two countries have now elevated the ties to an unprecedented levels, via a joint vision of economic, development and military integration that involve 44 joint strategic projects.

“Citizens in both the countries have a major reason to cheer because the core idea behind such strong partnership is to ensure a better living standard for the people. The neighbours share historic relations, strategic partnerships and common goals, which have greatly helped to maintain Gulf and Arab national security,” it added.

The Sharjah-based daily went on to say that education is one of the key sectors that have helped keep the bond strong and speaks volumes about how a visionary approach of the leadership on both sides could help people across all sections. “The cultural relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia reflect the geographical and social cohesion between the people. Emirati students have travelled to Saudi Arabia to study at schools in Mecca, Al Ahsa and Riyadh, while many Saudi students are currently enrolled at UAE universities and academic institutions.”

“On trade, Saudi Arabia continued to rank first in the Gulf in terms of value of bilateral trade with the UAE with a share of AED58 billion in 2017, accounting for 46 percent of the UAE’s total non-oil trade with GCC countries, according to statistics from the UAE Federal Customs Authority. The value of non-oil trade between the two countries reached AED20 billion in 2016, accounting for 43 percent of the UAE’s total non-oil trade with the GCC countries and 27 percent of the UAE’s total non-oil trade with the Arab countries for the same year,” the English language daily continued.

The paper recalled the historic visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to the UAE on 3rd December 2016, where His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet that Saudi Arabia’s relations with the UAE have exceeded the ideal model of diplomatic relations and have fused together the two countries like bones. “We pray to Allah Almighty to protect this one body,” he noted.

“That sentiment pretty well sums up how entrenched and vibrant the strength of the relationship between the two nations is,” The Gulf Today concluded.

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