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Tue 17 May 2016 10:25 AM

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UAE, Saudi Arabia set up cooperation council

Body aims to establish religious and cultural ties between the two countries

UAE, Saudi Arabia set up cooperation council
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The UAE and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement on Monday to set up a coordination council.

The council will seek to develop “shared religious, historical, social and cultural ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia”, state news agency WAM reported, adding that was established “out of keenness to consolidate fraternal relations between [the two]”.

The council will be chaired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy crown prince and defence minister of Saudi Arabia, and is to comprise ministers and officials from the two countries.

Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Bishr, the Saudi ambassador to the UAE, said: “The agreement comes within the context of reinforcing cooperation and continuous consultations between the two countries on issues of mutual interest.

“Saudi Arabia and the UAE represent a shining example of fraternity and cooperation in all fields."

At the meeting in Jeddah, Sheikh Mohammed and King Salman reportedly also discussed regional conflicts including Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya.

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