A view of the Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship in Suez Canal waterway. AFP
The UAE lauded the efforts of Egypt to address the incident that occurred in the Suez Canal when a container ship was stranded and blocked the canal.
Egypt’s efforts succeeded in freeing the container ship and resuming traffic along the canal with efficiency and professionalism and within a reasonably short time.
A satellite image from Planet Labs Inc, the cargo ship MV Ever Given sits stuck in the Suez Canal. AP
The UAE highlighted its confidence in the efficiency and professionalism of Egypt’s management of the canal, which is key to international shipping and trade.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), the UAE also highlighted its keenness to continue negotiations and diplomatic dialogue to overcome the disputes related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
It also stressed the importance of respecting international laws and regulations to reach a settlement approved by all parties, which will ensure respect for the rights of the three countries and their water security, as well as achieve security, stability and sustainable development and guarantee the prosperity and cooperation of all countries in the region.
At the beginning of the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed and the Egyptian president exchanged Ramadan greetings, and prayed to Allah Almighty to bless the people of the two countries and the rest of the Arab and Islamic world, and humanity at large, with more peace and prosperity.
Sheikh Mohammed underlined the necessity of spurring global economic growth and stemming the negative fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global sustainable development drive.
“The company has urged the shipowner to report the cause of the incident and has been in discussions with relevant parties including the canal management authority to assist the ship as soon as possible.”
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