UAE seeks stronger Egypt ties after Islamist win

July 3, 2012 19:50


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ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) called for stronger bilateral ties with Egypt on Tuesday following the swearing-in of the new Islamist president of the largest Arab nation.

The UAE and some other Gulf states have been wary of the rise of Islamists in Egypt and elsewhere in the wake of the Arab Spring for fear this could encourage Islamist groups and dissent on their own turf.

But UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, in a statement issued on the UAE state news agency WAM, said he was "optimistic that the era of His Excellency President Mohamed Mursi will see tangible achievements in bilateral relations and important milestones in various domains".

He praised Mursi for the speech he delivered at the University of Cairo on Saturday, his first public address after his inauguration in which he sought to reassure countries about changes in Egypt.

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