Today, Monday, when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, he drew the attention of activists to the full implementation of the precautionary measures in receiving bin Zayed, which is exactly the opposite of what he did during the reception of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Sultan of Oman, a few days ago. .
Activists circulated pictures showing bin Salman wearing the muzzle and taking his precautionary measures in full, the moment he received Mohammed bin Zayed at King Khalid Airport.
It is noticeable that Ibn Salman received Sultan Haitham and did not take precautionary measures such as wearing a “mask”, distancing and not shaking hands, and on the contrary, when receiving him, Ibn Zayed took all precautionary measures such as wearing a muzzle, distancing and not shaking hands.
The disagreement is clear pic.twitter.com/KDjLkIvH1r
– Turki Al Shalhoub (@TurkiShalhoub) July 19, 2021
Activists compared these photos to photos of the Crown Prince’s reception of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq a few days ago, without wearing a muzzle or adhering to precautionary measures, similar to what he did today with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
And the Saudi writer Turki Al-Shalhoub said in his tweet, commenting on this matter: “It is noticeable that Ibn Salman received Sultan Haitham and did not take precautionary measures such as wearing a “mask” and distancing and not shaking hands?
And he continued: “On the contrary, when receiving bin Zayed, he took all precautionary measures, such as wearing a muzzle, spacing, and not shaking hands. The dispute is clear.”
One of the activists wrote, commenting on this comparison: “The difference between the two photos is days or even hours, but it is the best evidence of all the speculations.”
The difference between the two pictures is days or even hours… but it is the best evidence of all speculations
– Blue Wolf (@OTHMANALP) July 19, 2021
And without a tweeter: “Receiving the sultans other than my brother Turki on the authority of the sheikhs of the coast of Oman is a difference between Sultan Sheikh.”
Reception of the sultans other than my Turkish brother on the authority of the sheikhs of the Oman coast, a difference between the Sultan Sheikh
– Amman Al Rasiyat Mountains (@ Kms7113) July 19, 2021
While others pointed out that Mohammed bin Salman wore the muzzle when receiving Sultan Haitham, and did not shake hands with him, and that these pictures were while leaving, and that Ibn Salman took off the muzzle in appreciation of the Sultan while they were on their way to his residence, and that the attached picture is during the farewell to the Sultan.
You made a mistake when receiving, they did not shake hands, and this picture is when you say goodbye.
— Never (@BeCrazy2020BBys) July 19, 2021
“Oh, tick of Doha, Prince Muhammad, when he received the Sultan of Oman, he was wearing a mask, and he did not shake hands with him, a liar.
– Abu Noura (@R6jCtsrI6YPaBH6) July 19, 2021
The Emirates News Agency quoted the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto ruler of the state, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, his statement regarding his meeting today, Monday, with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, in their first meeting after the dispute that came out to the public recently regarding the volume of oil production within “OPEC.” Plus.”
Bin Zayed said, according to what was reported by (WAM) in an official statement: “I was pleased today to meet my brother, Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh.”
#Mohammed_bin_Zayed: I had the pleasure of meeting my brother today #Mohammed bin Salman at #RiyadhWe discussed strengthening our deep-rooted brotherly relations and strategic cooperation.. The partnership between #UAE And #Saudi Strong and continuous for the good of both countries and the region.# وام pic.twitter.com/22DGk1fUw9
— Emirates News Agency (@wamnews) July 19, 2021
And Mohammed bin Zayed continued, revealing the details of the meeting with Mohammed bin Salman: “We discussed strengthening our well-established brotherly relations and strategic cooperation.”
He added that the partnership between the UAE and Saudi Arabia is “strong and continuous for the good of both countries and the region.”
— Greater Saudi Arabia | 🇸🇦2030 (@saudi_rulers) July 19, 2021
For its part, the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”, said that bin Zayed arrived in Riyadh today, Monday, and was received by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz upon his arrival at King Khalid International Airport.
He was also received by Prince Turki bin Muhammad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet, and Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense.
Highness #Crown the prince #Mohammed bin Salman Receives His Highness the Crown Prince #Abu Dhabi Sheikh #Mohammed_bin_Zayed Upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in #Riyadh.https://t.co/rnJDKgjjxi#was pic.twitter.com/Ec21pUvQsH
— SPA Royal News (@spagov) July 19, 2021
As well as Minister of State, Cabinet Member and National Security Adviser, Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban.
The Saudi-Emirati dispute
It is noteworthy that this meeting between Mohammed bin Salman and bin Zayed is the first of its kind since the outbreak of the oil dispute between the UAE and Saudi Arabia within the “OPEC +” group.
On Sunday, the countries of the “OPEC +” alliance reached a new agreement on further reducing oil production cuts, after settling the dispute that escalated between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The agreement concluded during the “OPEC +” meeting provides for the extension of special decisions on limiting oil production until late 2022.
The agreement stipulates, according to a statement issued by OPEC, to increase the level of joint production by 400,000 barrels per day every month, starting from next August, until the end of production cuts of 5.8 million barrels per day.
There is a hidden conflict between Saudi Arabia and the UAE over leadership in the Gulf, and over major economic and investment interests, according to analysts.
Last February, Saudi Arabia decided to stop awarding government contracts to any foreign company or commercial institution that has a regional headquarters in the Middle East in any country other than the Kingdom, starting from the beginning of 2024.
The UAE seeks to be a regional competitor to other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and others, rather than the role of a partner with the Kingdom politically or economically.
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