RIYADH, 21st October, 2016 (WAM) — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held a meeting on Friday at Al-Auja farm in Riyadh.

During the meeting, they discussed fraternal relations and ways to strengthen them, and also tackled the latest regional and international developments.

At the outset, while welcoming Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and his accompanying delegation, King Salman expressed satisfaction at the level of the co-operation between the two countries.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince expressed his satisfaction at visiting Saudi Arabia and meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He conveyed to King Salman the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his best wishes to the Saudi leadership, and more progress and prosperity to the people of Saudi Arabia.

King Salman asked Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to convey his greetings to the UAE President, wishing him good health, and more progress to the people of the UAE.

They discussed relations and outstanding efforts of the two countries to strengthen their strategic co-operation on overall issues affecting the security and stability of the region, with emphasis on ensuring their common interests and enhancing the efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States (GCC), and safeguarding Arab rights.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed the depth of fraternal ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, referring to the strength of co-operation and solidarity against the challenges experienced by the region. He also spoke of their shared vision to achieve security and stability, and to confront the dangers posed by the terrorism and extremism.

He commended King Salman for ensuring the best interests of the GCC and for backing Arab and Islamic issues.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi underlined that Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, represents the main pillar in maintaining the security and stability of the region. “Saudi Arabia is a safety valve, given its continued efforts to defend the Arab interests and its commitment to the cohesion and unity,” he added.

King Salman hosted a banquet in honour of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and his accompanying delegation. It was attended by Their Royal Highnesses, the Saudi Princes, ministers and senior official.

Meanwhile on the UAE side, the event was attended by Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiritisation; Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Major General Abdullah Mohair Ketbi, Commander of Support Units of the Armed Forces; Khaldoun Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, and Staff Lt. General Ahmed Juma Al Bowardi Al Falasi, Adviser to the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

The meeting was held in the presence of HRH Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh Region; and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.

From the UAE delegation, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser; and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, attended the meeting.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and the accompanying delegation left Riyadh, where they were seen off by the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince.