Mohammad Bin Zayed with Mohammad Bin Salman. Image Credit: WAM

Jeddah: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia and President of Saudi Council of Economic and Development Affairs this evening chaired the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah.

During the meeting, the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council’s Organisational Structure was declared with the objective of accelerating joint co-operation on the implementation of targeted projects and programmes.

Mohammad Bin Zayed at the inaugural meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Cooperation Council

The council’s vision aims to promote the two countries’ global stature in areas of economy, human development, and political, security and military integration as well as ensuring welfare and happiness for their people.

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Established under an agreement between the two countries reached in May 2016 under the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the council stands as a role model for cooperation between world countries and in the meantime consolidates joint action between GCC states.

Mohammad Bin Salman at the inaugural meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Cooperation Council

The council seeks to ensure synergy between the two sides on achieving joint initiatives conducive to providing job opportunities, boosting GDP and accelerating bilateral investments.

The council seeks to develop a joint vision to deepen bilateral relations in line with the objectives set by the Gulf Cooperation Council in order to strengthen economic integration between the sides and develop innovative solutions for the optimum utilisation of resources while building up an efficient and integrated education system premised on grooming qualified national generations.

The council also seeks to strengthen cooperation in areas of politics, security and defence in a way that beefs up the global sovereign standing of the two countries in addition to making the best use of available partnership opportunities between the two countries through a clear-cut and sustainable mechanism based on an integrated approach of benchmarking and performance assessment.

The inaugural meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Cooperation Council in Jeddah

At the end of the meeting, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and Prince Mohammad Bin Salman signed the minutes of the council’s maiden meeting.

Attending the meeting were Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Shaikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Shaikh Shakhbout Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and a number of ministers.

The council includes 16 ministers from prioritised sectors from both countries as follows; from Saudi Arabia: Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Nayef, Minister of Interior; Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud;  Mohammed Al Tuwaijri, Minister of Economy and Planning; Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment; Adel Bin Ahmad Al Jubair, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; Ahmad Bin Aqeel Al Khatib, Board Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority; Mohammad A. Al Jadaan, Minister of Finance; and Yasir Bin Othman Al Rumayyan, Chief Executive and Secretary-General of the Board at Public Investment Fund.

From the UAE, the council includes the following members: Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Dr. Anwar Bin Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Obaid Bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs; Hussain Bin Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Dr. Sultan Bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; and Ali Bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council.

Mohammad Bin Zayed was met by Mohammad Bin Salman on arrival in Jeddah

In order to ensure the best utilisation of co-operation and partnership prospects, an executive committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Shaikh Mansour and Mohammad Al Tuwaijri to accelerate co-operation between the two sides on prioritised areas and following up the progress of work.