Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi compared his country, which has been riddled by political divisions for months, to an ill man in need of time to recuperate.
Beblawi made the statements upon his arrival in the United Arab Emirates Friday for a three day trip.
In a meeting with members of Abu Dhabi’s Egyptian community, Beblawi said many steps are being taken to restore security in the country, and bolster its economy.
However, the prime minister said time is needed to reach the desired outcome.
Beblawi’s trip aims to strengthen ties between Egypt and the UAE, a country which staunchly supported the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July.
The gulf country has pledged to support economically-hit Egypt through aid and investments, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.
The UAE deposited $3 billion into the Egyptian central bank since Mursi’s ouster, and have sent seven fuel shipments worth $225 million, according to Ahram Online.