His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, hosted Moqtada Al Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement in the Republic of Iraq, at Al Shati Palace on Sunday evening.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Al Sadr discussed the brotherly relations between their two nations and other issues of mutual interest.
During the meeting, which was attended by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed was briefed by Al Sadr about current developments in Iraq.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed stressed the importance of the stability and prosperity of Iraq, and his aspiration for Iraq to play its natural role in the Arab arena, which will enhance the security and stability of the Arab world.
"Experience has taught us to always call for what brings Arabs and Muslims together, and to reject the advocates of division," His Highness Sheikh Mohamed affirmed.
His Highness stressed that the UAE, throughout its history, has extended its hand to the Iraqi people, while noting his appreciation for the contributions of the Iraqi community to the nation’s current renaissance.
His Highness renewed his congratulations to Al Sadr for the great victory of Iraq over Daesh, and he stressed the importance of investing in this moment to build a nation that is inclusive to all Iraqis.
His Highness reiterated the UAE’s openness to the Iraqi government and people. He also stressed that the scenes being witnessed repeatedly in the Arab world, with all its human and material losses, teach everyone about the necessity of collaborative work in protecting and preserving the Arab world.
The meeting was also attended by Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince’s Court of Abu Dhabi, and Al Sadr’s accompanying delegation.