Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil, stressed that the Saudi-UAE relations are based on common social and political bases. The direct understandings that characterized the relations between the two countries have been demonstrated since the early years of the founding of the Union State until the establishment of the United Arab Emirates .
"The current political consensus between the two countries has crystallized since the sixties of the last century, and was later strengthened in more than two years," he said during a lecture at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. Such as coordination in support of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the 1973 war, the 1991 liberation war, and the common position of the events of 2011 in some Arab countries, and further strengthened, with the participation of the two countries in the Hazm crisis to support legitimacy in brotherly Yemen.
He pointed out that the relations between the two parties also culminated in the announcement by the Saudi-UAE Coordinating Council of joint interests, which held its first meeting on 7 June 2018 under the chairmanship of Prince Mohammed bin Salman and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Jeddah. The second meeting of the Executive Committee was held in Abu Dhabi on 17 January 2019 to follow up the implementation of joint strategic projects. "
Turki al-Dakhil stressed that the Arab Stability Coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE has been translated through their involvement in the "crisis of firmness" and strengthened them to stabilize the idea of the state and preserve what is left of them and met their diplomatic efforts to work in international forums in order to support the legitimate choices of the Yemeni people.
On the economic level, Al-Dakhil revealed that Saudi investments in the UAE exceeded 35 billion dirhams. The number of UAE projects in Saudi Arabia reached 114 projects, compared to 206 projects in the UAE. Saudi Arabia and 66 commercial agencies, while Saudi Arabia is hosting similar UAE projects. "
Commenting on the challenges faced by the countries, Ambassador Turki Dakhil said: "It can not be seen in isolation from the policies of some of the supporters of division in the Arab world, extremism in the Middle East and beyond. Syria and Iraq, as well as the adoption of movements of political Islam, both Sunni and Shiite, to impose a state of instability and political vacuum in the region, as a prelude to external intervention.
He spoke of the confrontations of both the UAE and Saudi Arabia with the danger of terrorist organizations, which devoted many of their publications to criticizing the policies of combating extremism and terrorism in both countries, criticizing the opening policies adopted by the two countries, attacking the idea of the state and the symbols of Arab moderation using lies and immoral tools. What is required, according to the lecturer, is an ongoing media and awareness vigilance to redefine the conceptions and identify the moral bases for the restoration of religion from its abductors, safeguarding it from the hands of its abusers and exploiters, protecting the idea of the state and its institutions, National guidance for foreign hands and strengthen the identity of the citizen, and secure the future of generations to come in the competition through the consolidation of modern system of moral values for tolerance and openness, without the influence of the basic social values.
In this context, the Saudi-UAE awareness recognizes that the organization of Da'ash is only an extension of extremism sponsored by terrorist organizations to serve their political objectives. Therefore, the two countries participated in the international anti-terrorism coalition with high combat efficiency and international praise, African Union and established in cooperation with America the Global Center for the fight against extremist ideology (moderation). When Saudi Arabia led by Mohammed bin Salman towards the establishment of the Islamic Military Alliance to combat terrorism, the UAE was one of the first countries present strongly in this alliance.
Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil has served as the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the United Arab Emirates since the end of December 2018. He has worked in the media field for three decades, during which he worked in print, radio and television, For "Arabic" and "Al Hayat" channels, from January 2015 to January 2019.