President Sheikh Mohamed and King Hamad of Bahrain call for peace amid Israel-Gaza crisis

The two leaders discuss worsening humanitarian crisis during Abu Dhabi talks

President Sheikh Mohamed is received by Bahrain's King Hamad at his Abu Dhabi residence. Photo: Presidential Court
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President Sheikh Mohamed and Bahrain's King Hamad renewed calls for a peaceful solution to the Israel-Gaza war during high-level talks in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The two leaders highlighted the worsening humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and underlined the need to achieve security and stability in the region during their meeting at the Bahraini monarch's UAE residence, state news agency Wam reported.

About 5,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed in Gaza during Israeli bombardments in retaliation for the Hamas attacks on October 7.

The joint message from Sheikh Mohamed and King Hamad came after Dr Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the President, issued a plea for "human solidarity" as the deadly conflict rages on.

"Given the current situation in Gaza and the region, human solidarity and political wisdom are imperative as primary tools in a battle that poses a threat to the entire region," Dr Gargash wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

"It remains our paramount duty to protect homelands and their achievements."

Sheikh Mohamed and King Hamad also reviewed the deep-rooted fraternal ties binding the Emirates and Bahrain.

They spoke of their commitment to further bolstering co-operation and co-ordination between the Gulf neighbours to serve their mutual interests.

The two men regularly come together – both in the UAE and in Bahrain – to help cement the long-standing partnership between the allies.

Their latest meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Presidential Office, Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for National Security, and Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Cop 28 President-designate.

Updated: October 24, 2023, 12:25 PM