Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday on an official visit.
He was received in Abu Dhabi by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
They presided over the second meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Abu Dhabi.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the council represents an ideal platform for realizing the shared vision of the leadership in the two countries for deepening cooperation and integration in various field for the interest of the two brotherly peoples.
The strong relations between the leaders and peoples of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are built on solid and historic foundation of cooperation and approach towards the region and the world at large, he declared, according to the UAE news agency (WAM).
"The deep-rooted ties between the two countries are clearly reflected on the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council’s vision, which aligns with the national strategies of both countries and the marked harmony between the Saudi Vision 2030 and the UAE Vision 2021."
He went on to say that both visions target sustainable progress and prosperity for the two brotherly peoples and seek to build hope and to enhance development in the region.
"2020 is the year of international achievements. We are preparing to hosting major international events. Saudi Arabia taking over the G20 presidency and the UAE playing host to Expo 2020 reflect the rising international stature enjoyed by the two countries."
He extended an invitation to the UAE to participate as Guest of Honor in the upcoming G20 Summit, which will be presided over by Saudi Arabia.
He conveyed greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman bin Abdulaziz to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his wishes of further progress and prosperity to the people of the UAE.
For his part, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the achievements and the positive results achieved by the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council are a source of pride.
"Today, we have 20 joint development field in the economic, security, human development and others domains."
"Our joint economy ranks 16th globally and we can work together to become one of the top ten economies in the world. Our overseas investments currently exceed US$ 250 billion in various economic sectors and our investment funds are ranked first in the world,” he added. “We will increase our investments to be one of the top ten countries investing globally. Our financial markets exceed US$ 720 billion and we seek to be one of the top ten financial markets globally."
He stressed that this unique model of integration is not only beneficial to both countries, but also leads the Gulf Cooperation Council and provides an exceptional model for Arab-Arab cooperation, as well as place the two countries in a distinguished position on the map of international allies.
Relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are not only historical and strategic ties, but also relations of blood and joint destiny, as their foundations were laid by the late Sheikh Zayed and his fellow kings of Saudi Arabia, said the UAE royal.
He added that relations between the two countries are in their best time on the political, economic, cultural, military and other levels thanks to the wisdom of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“We have worked over the past years to make a qualitative strategic shift in our bilateral relations, and we will continue on this path towards building a better future that achieves security, prosperity and overall development for our countries and peoples. we look forward to achieving more growth, development and strategic cooperation between our two countries in the best interest of the security and stability of the region,” he vowed.
Crown Prince Mohammed is accompanied on his visit by Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir and several ministers.