Saudi Arabia–United Arab Emirates relations

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Saudi Arabia-United Arab Emirates relations
Map indicating locations of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia – United Arab Emirates relations refers to the current and historical relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia maintains an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate in Dubai while the U.A.E. has an embassy in Riyadh and consulate in Jeddah. Both countries are neighbours and as part of the Middle East and Persian Gulf region, share extensive political and cultural ties.

The two countries are also known for being close allies in terms of foreign policy and geopolitical interests,[1] collaborating closely during the 2017–18 Qatar diplomatic crisis and backing anti-Muslim Brotherhood governments in Libya and Egypt.[2][3]

However, the UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to take somewhat differing stances on regional conflicts such the Yemeni Civil War, where the UAE opposes Al-Islah, and supports the Southern Movement, which has fought against Saudi-backed forces, and the Syrian Civil War, where the UAE has disagreed with Saudi support for Islamist movements.[4]

Relations have strengthened with the rise of Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, with Emirati leader Mohammed bin Zayed aiding his ascension and serving as a "mentor" to the younger prince.[5][6]

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