HRH Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Chair First Meeting of Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, co-chaired here today the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.
During the meeting, the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council's Organizational Structure was declared with the objective of intensifying bilateral cooperation with regard to the issues of common interest and following-up the implementation of targeted projects and programmes in order to achieve the council's vision highlighting the two countries' position in the areas of economy, human development, and political, security and military integration as well as ensuring welfare and happiness for their peoples.
The Council stands as a role model for bilateral cooperation between countries and in the meantime consolidates joint action between the GCC states. The council was established under an agreement between the two countries reached in May 2016 upon the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates.
The council seeks to coordinate action between the two sides on achieving joint initiatives conducive to providing job opportunities, boosting GDP and accelerating bilateral investments.
The council seeks to develop a joint vision to deepen bilateral relations in line with the objectives set by the Gulf Cooperation Council in order to strengthen economic integration between the two sides and develop innovative solutions for the optimum utilization of resources while building up an efficient and integrated education system premised on grooming qualified national generations.
The council also seeks to strengthen cooperation in areas of politics, security and defense in a way that consolidates the two countries' security and sovereign position at the regional and international levels in addition to making the best use of available partnership opportunities between the two countries through a clear-cut and sustainable mechanism based on an integrated approach of benchmarking and performance assessment.
At the end of the meeting, HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed signed the minutes of the council's meeting.
The Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council's members included 16 ministers from priority sectors in the two countries.
The Saudi side included Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture; Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, Minister of Economy and Planning; Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment; Adel bin Ahmed A-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority; Mohammed A. Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance; and Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan, Managing Director of the Public Investment Fund.
The UAE side included Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy; Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs; Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State; and Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the UAE Supreme National Security Council.
In order to ensure the best utilization of partnership prospects, an executive committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohammed Al Tuwaijri, to accelerate cooperation and follow up the progress of work.