Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed receives Abdel Fattah Al Sisi at Qasr Al Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi. File / WAM
The UAE stands ready to facilitate peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians, WAM reported on Sunday, citing His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nayhan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Sheikh Mohamed's comments came in a telephone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, in which he welcomed the ceasefire in Gaza.
Sheikh Mohamed also expressed the United Arab Emirates' support for the Egyptian efforts aimed at achieving the security and stability in the region.
A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in Gaza City. AFP
Sheikh Mohamed praised the Egyptian strenuous efforts that led to the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the key humanitarian role that the Egyptian President played to calm the situation and end the bloodshed of innocent civilians.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed the need for further efforts, especially by the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, noting that the UAE is ready to work with all parties to maintain the ceasefire and explore new paths to prevent escalation and achieve peace.
The two children, Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan and Zayed Bin Mohamed Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, were the delight of the people present there, including the paparazzi.
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.
During the visit, the Egyptian President will discuss with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan the strong relations between the two brotherly countries and the strategic bilateral cooperation and mechanisms to further develop them in various fields.
The statement came in response to comments from US Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell, who said on Friday that China "overreacted" to US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
No homes were at risk, but the flames came within miles of a critical highway Friday. The area where the fire is burning is dominated by shrubs and grasslands that are parched from persistent drought in the region.
Western countries have called for Moscow to withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhzhia plant, but there has been no sign so far of Russia agreeing to do that. The plant was captured by Russian forces in early March but is still run by Ukrainian technicians.