JEDDAH // The UAE and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement on Monday to set up a coordination council.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, attended the signing ceremony at the Peace Palace in Jeddah. The council will be led by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince and defence minister of Saudi Arabia.
Ministers and officials from the two countries will sit on the council.
Cooperation will be based on “shared religious, historical, social and cultural ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia”, and “out of keenness to consolidate the fraternal relations between them”, the state news agency Wam reported.
The agreement was signed by Ali Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the National Security Council, and Dr Nizar Madani, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs.
The council will alternate its meetings between the two countries.
Sheikh Mohammed and King Salman also discussed regional conflicts including Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya, and risks posed to innocent people by terrorists and extremist groups.
Sheikh Mohammed said the bonds between the countries were based on will to achieve security and stability in the region.
He said challenges facing the region required extra efforts and consultation to face foreign agendas and dangers posed by terrorism and extremism.
The establishment of the coordination council was also welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to the UAE, Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Bishr.
“The agreement comes within the context of reinforcing cooperation and continuous consultations between the two countries on issues of mutual interest,” he said.
“Saudi Arabia and the UAE represent a shining example of fraternity and cooperation in all fields.”
Source: uae news