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Abdullah Bin Zayed asserts UAE's support to Lebanon

posted on 06/03/2009: 706 views

Beirut - Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan asserted yesterday UAE's support to Lebanon in all various avenues for achieving stability in the fields of security and economic prosperity.

Addressing a press conference at the Lebanese government Saraya here yesterday shortly after his meeting with President Michel Suleiman of Lebanon accompanied by UAE ambassador Rahmah Al Za'abi, Sheikh Abdullah hailed the role played by the Lebanese community in the renaissance of UAE.

Answering a question about UAE's stance regarding the order by a pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir, Sheikh Abdullah said that ' a statement has been issued by the UAE Foreign Ministry urging the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to invoke Article 16 facilitating a deferral of trial for another 12 months. This will be the best for the stability in Sudan, and an initiative by an Arab committee headed by Qatar is under way for starting dialogue and reconciliation among the various Sudanese factions, especially those who have rebelled against the government'.

'We believe that this necessitates more time', Sheikh Abdullah said, adding that in the absence of deferral of decision by the court, the situation in Sudan will become worse.

Speaking on the Saudi-Syrian talks Sheikh Abdullah said: ' I do not believe that there was any dispute, except some inconformity in view points regarding certain issues. Through the initiatives of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques at the last Kuwait summit it became evident that there are real opportunities to define these disagreements and to reach a real Arab solidarity, to lay healthy foundations and to conduct the forthcoming Arab summit on a suitable way for leading it into success'.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed that his visits to Syria and Lebanon will continue and that he will pay a visit to Damascus in the next few days.

Answering a questions on whether any Arab country may ask for a suspension of the trial of Hariri assassination case by the tribunal set up at International Court of Justice in the Hague for another 12 months, Sheikha Abdullah said: I believe this question pertains to something which can happen in the future, and it is not easy for any one to predict on something which may happen in future in an imaginary way. UAE's stance was always clear with regard to the court trying the case. We always expect that Lebanon will be a land of clemency, reconciliation, virtue, prosperity and development'.

The Lebanese President thanked the UAE officials for their continuous support and for standing beside the Lebanese people in the difficult situations, as well as for the care given to the Lebanese community in the UAE.

Sheikh Abdullah briefed Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers held in Cairo. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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