Dubai ruler: We always stand by Saudi Arabia, through thick and thin

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of the emirate of Dubai affirmed that his country stands by Saudi Arabia and “refuses the targeting of Saudi Arabia,” adding that “its stability is a vital necessity for the region and world.”

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Sheikh Mohammed said: “We always stand by Saudi Arabia, through thick and thin. Our bilateral ties are bolstered through the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council. The council set a joint vision for a complimentary strategy between the two countries, on the economic, development and military levels, through 44 joint strategic projects. We look forward to building a complementary model that supports the GCC and joint Arab work.”

Sheikh Mohammed further added that he also sees “optimism and hope at the massive development and modernization operation in the Kingdom.”

He said: “Vision 2030 demands our brothers to work around the clock to implement its projects and programs. They are capable of accomplishing it and they know that the goals of the plan are not a choice. They are necessary to confront current and future challenges.”

The UAE’s vice president said he shared Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s belief that the Middle East could be “the new Europe.”

He pointed out that he is also optimistic about the future.

“I always look as the glass as half full. I look forward to filling the empty part. As much as the “Arab Fall” was costly, its lessons were valuable. I believe that the majority of the leaderships in the Arab world have learned these lessons, which are that the winds of reforms, change and modernization are blowing through the majority of our Arab world. They hold a promise of a real spring,” he told the newspaper.

Regarding possible repercussions of the re-imposed US sanctions on Iran, Sheikh Mohammed said that: “Tensions in our region is nothing new. It is practically a constant that has existed for 40 years. Despite this, the cycle of construction and development has not stopped and neither have the investments.”

He added: “We make sure to protect our country and people from the dangers of crises. We are also prepared to tackle their impact if need be.”

Dubai’s ruler added saying that the “real spring” is the news winds of change, reform and modernization that are blowing through the majority of the Arab world.

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