Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed that Syria is a fundamental pillar of Arab security, and that the UAE is keen to strengthen bilateral cooperation, reports Asian Lite News
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday met with both Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid received President Al-Assad, at Al Marmoom Rest House, Dubai. President Bashar Al-Assad arrived in the country earlier on Friday, where he was received at the Dubai International Airport by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his wishes for peace, security, stability and prosperity to prevail in Syria and the entire region, The meeting dealt with the overall relations between the two countries and the prospects of expanding cooperation in a way to achieve their comprehensive development goals, and enhances the chances of peace and stability in Syria and the region.
The two sides also reviewed the current situation in Syria, as well as various developments on the Arab and international scene, and all topics of common interest.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid affirmed the UAE’s keenness to discover new paths of constructive cooperation with Syria, and to monitor opportunities to advance this cooperation for the common interests of the two brotherly peoples.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, along with other officials.
The meeting was also attended by the delegation accompanying the Syrian President, including Dr. Faisal Mekdad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
Meanwhile, at Qasr Al-Shati’ Palace in Abu Dhabi, Assad met Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and briefed him on the latest developments in Syria.
According to an official, statement, the two sides reviewed the fraternal relations between the two nations, and the prospects of fostering cooperation and joint coordination to achieve their common interests and contribute to the consolidation of security, stability and peace in the Arab region and the Middle East.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of issues of interest, and emphasised on preserving the territorial integrity of Syria and the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, in addition to providing political and humanitarian support for Syria and its people to reach a peaceful solution to all the besetting challenges, it added.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed that Syria is a fundamental pillar of Arab security, and that the UAE is keen to strengthen cooperation with it to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Syrian people towards stability and development.
They reviewed the two countries’ position on all regional and international issues and developments of common interest.
Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs attended the meeting.
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