UAE, Saudi join to confront ‘challenges’

May 22, 2014 - 2:36:19 am

ABU DHABI: Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced a joint committee to confront “regional challenges”, in a statement published on official Emirati news agency Wam. The move came as Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal met UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan in Abu Dhabi.

Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have cracked down on Islamists accused of links to groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front fighting in Syria.

Riyadh has designated both groups “terrorist” organisations.

The newly formed “supreme committee” will be overseen by the Saudi and UAE foreign ministers, Wam said.

It will “implement the strategic vision of the leaderships of both countries to increase security and stability to face regional challenges,” Wam reported.AFP