The former adviser to the Emirati Crown Prince, Abdul Khaliq Abdullah, said today, Sunday, that “America does not support the path of Arab reconciliation with the Syrian regime, but it also does not oppose it.”
He added in a tweet on his account on the micro-blogging site “Twitter”, which was monitored by “The Yemeni Scene”, “The American position is ambiguous and gray and will not affect the decision to return Syria to the Arab League, which is a purely Arab decision taken in Arab capitals and not in Washington.”
He continued: Abu Dhabi is leading the conciliatory path with Syria on behalf of the Arab consensus.
This comes after a controversial visit by the UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Zayed, to the Syrian capital, Damascus, last week.
In the same context, a Russian official confirmed that the goal of presenting the Checkmate (“Checkmate”) aircraft at the Dubai International Air Show is to resume cooperation between Russia and the UAE in designing a fifth-generation light fighter.
“We have had a pause (in the implementation of the bilateral agreement on the fighter) since 2017, but presenting this aircraft at an international exhibition here in Dubai is nothing but the development of this aircraft project,” the head of the Russian United Airlines, Yuri Slusar, told reporters during the Dubai exhibition, today, Sunday. From the fifth generation, in implementation of the aforementioned agreement with the UAE.
The head of the company explained that there is talk of a joint development between Russia and the UAE that can stem from the Checkmate project, saying: “This is not the result of our joint efforts, but we hope that the joint work will continue.”
And Slusar continued, “The goal of our arrival here was to activate the process of negotiations between us on the implementation of the agreement on the light multi-purpose aircraft, signed in 2017. We have several days to work with our colleagues.”
And in February 2017, the head of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, reported that Russia and the United Arab Emirates would cooperate in the development of a fifth-generation light fighter. He explained that the mentioned fighter may be designed on the basis of the “MiG-29” and that work will start in 2018 to take 7 to 8 years.
The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation had reported the signing of an agreement between Russia and the UAE on the development of a light fighter.
And in June 2017, the head of the Russian State Company for Arms Exports, Alexander Mikheev, reported that consultations were being held between Russia and the UAE on the technical parameters of the future plane, but there have been no reports since that of continuing work within the aforementioned project.