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UAE says Sisi represents 'new hope' for Egypt

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash Gargash tweets message of support for Egypt

UAE says Sisi represents 'new hope' for Egypt

A UAE minister said the election of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as Egypt's president represented "new hope" for the most populous Arab country.

The wealthy UAE is one of the main supporters of the government in Egypt and has showered it with aid since its military ousted elected Islamist president Mohammed Mursi last year.

"We all need to support Egypt as a nation and its people ... Egypt and its people are dear to us," said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash Gargash on Twitter.

Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election on Thursday. His country is suffering from corruption, high unemployment and a widening budget deficit.

"The challenges are great and the expectations are huge, but the moment that we see today is the most hope-filled for three years," said Gargash.

Non-Muslim 5 years ago

@ AB.com editorial staff
May I suggest that you discontinue using pictures showing President Al-Sisi in uniform which he wore when he was army chief? As was often reported, he resigned from that post while running for the post of the nation's president, and although widely known as an ex-military man, he is civilian now - but will certainly continue to apply strategic thinking.