x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

UAE sends security troops to Bahrain to contribute to preserving order

'The United Arab Emirates affirms that this step represents a lively embodiment of its commitment to brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council,' says Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gergash.

ABU DHABI // The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gergash, stated that the United Arab Emirates, in response to a request from the sisterly Kingdom of Bahrain for assistance in and contribution to establishing security and domestic stability, has decided to dispatch a security force to take part in preserving order and security in Bahrain.

"The United Arab Emirates affirms that this step represents a lively embodiment of its commitment to brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It is also evidently expresses that the regional security and stability at this time requires us all to unite our ranks to protect achievements, keep sectarian strife away as well as to lay foundations for the future," Dr Gergash added.

"This is based on the United Arab Emirates' belief in the solid historic relations, fraternal ties, kinship and common destiny that the Arab GCC member states share. It also comes in light of the sublime principles which the GCC charter established, affirms the commitment of GCC member states to close ranks against any dangers facing them and considers the stability and security of GCC member states as one indivisible whole and also as a commitment to conventions and defence and security treaties," he further said.

Dr Gergash also noted that the United Arab Emirates follows with concern the developments in Bahrain, in particular the national dialogue initiative launched by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain and Deputy Supreme Commander.

"The UAE calls on all the Bahraini people to respond positively and without prior conditions to this invitation to contribute to the reduction of tension, end the current crisis and find suitable solutions that would preserve the achievements of the brotherly Bahraini people," Dr Gergash said.