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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - TERRORISM

Worshippers pray for victims of London blast

Posted on 13/07/2005

Churchgoers have said prayers in tribute to the dozens of people who died in the London bomb attacks last week. The shocked worshippers also held a minute's silence at services to remember the victims of the terrorist outrages. Further tribute will be paid at a memorial service this evening specially organised in the wake the killings. There has also been a "steady stream" of people paying tribute through the British Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, according to dailies. The Reverend Andy ...  >>MORE

Cabinet condemns London blasts and sends condolences

Posted on 12/07/2005

The UAE Cabinet yesterday condemned the terrorist bombings that took place in London last week and offered its condolences to the families of the victims and to the injured. During a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the cabinet also offered support to the British Government in its efforts to track down the perpetrators of what it called "bloody and criminal acts." The Cabinet reviewed the effect and repercussions of the bloody and criminal acts ...  >>MORE

Nakhira condemns London, Baghdad crimes

Posted on 12/07/2005

Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhahiri, has denounced the heinous Thursday's bomb attacks in London and the cruel murder of the Egyptian envoy in Iraq Ihab Al Sharif. Forty nine people and 700 others were injured at four blast sites in London. The minister decried the violent and terror acts committed by some in the name of Islam. 'Islam is innocent of these abhorrent acts against innocent people, he said in statement to Arabic daily 'Al Ittihad' ...  >>MORE

UAE Minister of Interior condemns London blasts

Posted on 09/07/2005

The UAE minister of Interior, Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has condemned the criminal acts targeting civilians in London and offered full support to the Police Forces. He sent a cable to the Home Secretary Charles Clarke in which: "we reaffirm our Islamic values of respect of human life and appreciate that you convey our condolences to her Majesty the Queen and to the relatives of the victims of the criminal acts that rocked London. And we are in full readiness to cooperate with ...  >>MORE

FM condemns killing of Egyptian envoy in Baghdad

Posted on 09/07/2005

Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah has condemned the killing of Dr. Ihab Al Sharif, Head of the Egyptian Mission in Iraq, as a savage crime. In his cable to his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Abu Al Ghait, Abdullah expressed his profound condolences to the Egyptian government and family of the martyr. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns explosions in London

Posted on 08/07/2005

The UAE denounced on Thursday the heinous criminal and terrorist attacks which took place in some parts of London this morning. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said : The UAE condemns in the strongest possible terms these horrific crimes, expresses its full support for the British government and all measures it may take to deal with these crimes and offers sincere condolences to the British government, people and families of ...  >>MORE

Cabinet approves UAE joining global anti-terror accords

Posted on 07/06/2005

The Federal cabinet yesterday approved the UAE admission to the International Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. The cabinet in its meeting, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gave the Emirates Post Corporation the nod to set up a specialized marketing and promotion company. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns assassination of Lebanese journalist

Posted on 04/06/2005

The UAE has condemned the assassination of prominent Lebanese journalist Samir Qaseer. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan , Minister of Information and Culture said that the journalist's murder was a despicable crime that targeted eradication of the freedom of the press and the right of citizens to know about the truth and that by employing the instruments of intimidation and harassment of journalists and preventing them from informing the Lebanese public of developments in their country's ...  >>MORE

US to maintain naval forces in Gulf region at same level for one more year

Posted on 19/04/2005

The presence of US naval forces in the Gulf region will be maintained for the next one year at the same heightened levels of the past two years and greater co-ordination with the navies of the Gulf states is likely as Gulf countries have become more acutely aware of terrorist threats in the region, Vice Admiral David C. Nichols Jr., Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander 5th Fleet said in Abu Dhabi yesterday . "For the next year or so, we plan on maintaining essentially the ...  >>MORE

UAE denounces Cairo explosion

Posted on 09/04/2005

The United Arab Emirates has denounced the explosion that occurred Thursday in the old Al Azhar area in Cairo. President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Friday phoned his Egyptian counterpart President Hosni Mubarak and expressed his country's condemnation of the blast, which left two people dead and many others injured. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

President reiterates support for Qatar

Posted on 21/03/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday in a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, totally condemned the bomb attack in Doha last night and expressed the UAE's strongest support for Qatar against whoever wants to tamper with the country's security and stability. He said the security of Qatar was an integral part of the UAE's security and stability. He prayed to God to protect Qatar and its people from any mishap. Sheikh Hamad, ...  >>MORE

Anti-terrorism financing seminar kicks off in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/03/2005

A seminar on combating terrorism financing opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday under the patronage of Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior. In a keynote address to the opening session, Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khayli, Assistant Under Secretary of Interior for Administration and Planning, said financial stock market crimes are novel and have emerged along with the economic and technological development. "Thank God, the UAE is more safe and secure country where ...  >>MORE

GCC states adopt strategy to fight terror financing

Posted on 06/03/2005

The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday renewed its pledge to fight terrorist financing by cooperating regionally and internationally and by implementing legislation. "Leaders of the GCC countries have been attentive to the growth of the terrorist funding phenomenon and have adopted a comprehensive strategy including a regional joint programme by the Ministries of Interior," said Abdul Rahman H. Al Attiyah, GCC Secretary-General, in his address to the joint seminar of the GCC and European Union ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Beirut explosion, mourns Hariri's death

Posted on 15/02/2005

The United Arab Emirates yesterday condemned the heinous crime that led to the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri and a number of people. "The United Arab Emirates denounces this criminal act and asks Allah the Almighty to rest Rafik Al Hariri and other victims in peace. His death is a great loss to Lebanon," Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said. Sheikh Hamdan also expressed UAE's sympathy to the family of Al ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns shoot-out in Kuwait

Posted on 14/01/2005

The UAE yesterday denounced terrorist acts in Kuwait and voiced its support for effort of the GCC state to fight any acts targeting its security and stability. 'The UAE condemns these criminal acts and is confident of Kuwait's ability to hunt down the outlaw elements and protect its community from their harmful acts, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs In a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the shoot-out between ...  >>MORE

Dubai ports join anti-terror effort

Posted on 13/12/2004

Dubai's ports are the first in the Middle East to join a US-led maritime anti-terrorist effort, officials announced yesterday. Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), and Robert C. Bonner, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, yesterday signed a declaration of principles. Dubai Customs officials will work with CBP teams based here to screen all containers heading to US ports for security risks. The CBP initiated the ...  >>MORE

UAE renews its commitment to UN resolutions regarding fighting terrorism

Posted on 20/10/2004

The United Arab Emirates has yesterday renewed its complete commitment to resolutions issued by the UN Security Council regarding fighting terrorism. This came in the statement made by Saeed Al Kitbi Before the Sixth Committee On item entitled Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism. Following is the full text of the statement: - Mr. Chairman, On behalf of the delegation of the United Arab Emirates, it gives me great pleasure to begin my statement by congratulating your Excellency on ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Taba blasts

Posted on 09/10/2004

The UAE yesterday condemned the blasts that occurred last night in the Egyptian resort of Taba in the Sinai Province. "The UAE condemns in the strongest possible terms the criminal bombings which occurred last light in Taba, Sinai,” said Abdullah Rashid Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Al Nuaimi added that the bombings, which caused loss of lives and properties, deserve strong condemnation, as they constitute vicious acts aimed at spreading unrest and instability in ...  >>MORE

UAE, Britain explore counter-terror mechanisms

Posted on 22/09/2004

UAE and British officials held talks yesterday over prospects of joint cooperation in fighting organised and terror, crimes. Abdul Rahman Shalwah, Director General of the Interior Ministry Criminal Security Department and a delegation from British Foreign and Commonwealth Office led by counter-terrorism expert Roger Pearce, met in Abu Dhabi to discuss the possibility of exchanging expertise and training in security issues. The British team briefed its UAE counterpart on Britain's capabilities ...  >>MORE

UAE rejects terrorism, all acts of violence – Khalifa

Posted on 15/09/2004

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday stressed that the UAE rejects terrorism and all acts of violence like that which has claimed the lives of many Iraqis and international humanitarian officials who are helping Iraq to rebuild. He received at his Al Bateen palace, Franco Frattini, Italian Foreign Minister, who was on a brief visit to the country. Sheikh Khalifa wished the minister all success ...  >>MORE

UAE, UN discuss anti-terror co-operation

Posted on 11/09/2004

Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khayli, Acting Ass. Under Secretary for Security Affairs, discussed with a visiting UN delegation means of strengthening cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the international organisation in the field of counter-terrorism. The UN team is headed by Richard Barret. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Zayed issues law on anti-terror crimes

Posted on 31/07/2004

H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has decreed federal law No 1 for 2004 on combating terror crimes. The decree defines the terror act as an action or inaction by a perpetrator in a bid to carry out a unilateral or collective criminal design, with the objective of triggering off terror or intimidation among people that could breach the public order or endanger the safety and security of the society or harm individuals or expose their lives, liberties or security to risk including ...  >>MORE

German official lauds UAE for issuing anti-terror law

Posted on 31/07/2004

A former State Minister in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has described as "a wise decision" the anti-terror law issued recently by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, saying that the UAE is the most stable country in the region. Helmut Schefer, who is a member of the Association of Arab-German Association for Industry and Trade, said the decision's aim, naturally, is in the interest of the UAE citizens. Meanwhile, the Corpus daily of Germany has said in a commentary ...  >>MORE

UAE denounces terror in all its forms: Zayed

Posted on 24/06/2004

The President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of condolences to President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea on the death of South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il, who was beheaded by a militant group in Iraq on Tuesday. In his cable, Sheikh Zayed said the UAE "categorically denounces terrorism in all its manifestations and forms and strongly rejects such a heinous, savage and inhumane crime". Sheikh Zayed further voiced his country's strong support for and full ...  >>MORE

Terrorism has no religion or country: Fahim

Posted on 05/06/2004

Terrorism has no religion or country and has no links with the Arab-Muslim world, a UAE minister affirmed in Berlin yesterday. 'The Arab-Muslim World, and the UAE in particular, condemn the terrorist acts which are incompatible with our tolerant Islamic faith,' said Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy and Commerce, in an interview with a German TV Channel. Sheikh Fahim is in Germany to attend the 7th Arab-German Economic Forum and meetings of the UAE-Germany ...  >>MORE

GCC leaders vow to defeat terror

Posted on 17/05/2004

Leaders of the Gulf countries vowed yesterday to close ranks to defeat terror at the end of a one-day summit here overshadowed by a spate of attacks in the host country. The GCC leaders "discussed the exacerbation of the terror phenomenon and the continued threat it poses to security and stability," Secretary General Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah said. The anti-terror pact signed by the alliance's interior ministers on May 4 "expresses the GGC states' clear stand on terrorism and the causes cited ...  >>MORE

UAE to introduce new law against terror financing

Posted on 06/04/2004

The UAE is poised to introduce a new law to combat the financing of terrorism in response to concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund. The move marks a new initiative in the country's ongoing efforts to curb terrorist financing, Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, Governor of the UAE Central bank, said yesterday. The Combating Financing of Terrorism (CFT) law is being drawn up after the IMF made an assessment of the UAE last month. "The IMF team visited the UAE recently and after meeting ...  >>MORE

UAE abides by UN sanctions against terrorist financing

Posted on 04/04/2004

The Governor of the UAE Central Bank, Sultan bin Nasser Al Suweidi, said on Saturday his country abides by all UN sanctions against terrorist financing. Al Suweidi was talking to the press after the inauguration of the 2nd international conference on Hawala here today. In reply to a question on whether the UAE has frozen accounts of Hamas or the Islamic Jihad movements, the Governor said there were no accounts in the UAE belonging to the foregoing organisations. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

US missions in UAE shut after dubious tip-off

Posted on 27/03/2004

The US embassy in Abu Dhabi and its consulate in Dubai were last Wednesday following a dubious terror tip-off. The embassy swung into action and immediately alerted the police, who arrested a man for questioning. A spokesperson for the US embassy confirmed the man was held in front of the embassy at around 11.30am yesterday. The closure of US missions here followed a claim by a group whose intention was to malign the Somali man with terror links. The Somali is learnt to have earlier ...  >>MORE

Somali group triggered terror alert

Posted on 27/03/2004

The terror alert that triggered the closure of the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate in Dubai last Wednesday may have been exaggerated, sources told Gulf News. The state of emergency was announced following an alert from a Somali group about a Somali man who had earlier volunteered to pass on information about arms deposits in his country, Gulf News learnt. The rival group informed the US embassy that a terrorist was about to strike. Last Wednesday, the man was arrested on his ...  >>MORE

US Embassy to re-open today

Posted on 27/03/2004

The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the consulate general in Dubai will resume normal operations today, Saturday, March 27, 2004, according to a press release from the Embassy. The US mission expressed profound appreciation to the UAE government for its rapid and effective response to the threat information received by the embassy and for the UAE's close cooperation in the past two days. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Zayed and Maktoum send condolences to Spanish King; condemns heinous crimes on innocent people

Posted on 13/03/2004

H.H. President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan last Thursday condemned the shocking crime that targeted hundreds of innocent people in Madrid, leaving more than 186 people dead and 1000 wounded. In a cable of condolence he sent to Spain's King Juan Carlos, Sheikh Zayed said that the UAE denounced strongly such brutal crimes and condemned it with the strongest of words. He expressed his sincere condolences to the people and government of Spain and the to families of the victims. H.H. ...  >>MORE

UAE denounces terrorism as threat to peace and stability

Posted on 03/03/2004

The UAE yesterday denounced terrorism as a threat to peace and stability and pledged to cooperate with an international drive to eliminate terror. Mohammed Nakhira Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, made the pledge at a seminar on terrorism organised by the Ministry in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the United Nation's office for combating drugs and crime. In the opening remarks of the two-day workshop, Al Dhaheri said: "The UAE, under the leadership of ...  >>MORE

Al Dhahiri to open war on terror workshop

Posted on 01/03/2004

Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhahiri, will open here on Tuesday at the Armed Forces Officers' Club in Abu Dhabi a workshop on combating terrorism. The workshop, which is being held in coordination with the UN anti-drugs and crime office in Vienna, is aimed at sharing experience on a number of issues related to war on terrorism, including sensitising the participants in the workshop about international anti-terror documents and how consistent are the ...  >>MORE

GCC approves anti-terror pact

Posted on 23/12/2003

Kuwait - Arab Gulf leaders ended a summit here yesterday agreeing to form a pact to combat terrorism. The GCC leaders also praised Washington for planning to transfer power to Iraqis by mid-2004. "The summit identified what is terrorism… and broached the methods and the sources of financing," said Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al Sabah in a press conference shortly after the close of 24th Annual GCC Summit. A communiqué released at the end of the summit said the alliance "support ...  >>MORE

UAE, Brazil denounce terrorism, urge world to help Iraq

Posted on 09/12/2003

The UAE and Brazil denounced today terrorism and affirmed their desire to cooperate with the international community to fight the phenomenon as per principles of the UN and international laws. In a joint communiqué issued in Abu Dhabi yesterday at the conclusion of the first two-day state visit to the UAE by President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, the two countries underlined the importance of bringing security and stability to Iraq and alleviating the suffering of its people. The ...  >>MORE

UAE strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Turkey

Posted on 22/11/2003

The United Arab Emirates strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Istanbul, an official source at the UAE Foreign Ministry said yesterday. "These attacks are a crime against humanity and reaffirm the need for the international community to firmly stand against these acts and to strive to combat terror in all its forms," the source added and reiterated the UAE's solidarity with Turkey in this difficult time. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Zayed reiterates UAE's support for Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism drive

Posted on 15/11/2003

London - President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan called up yesterday Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Commander of the Saudi National Guard. They exchanged views on the Riyadh blast that targeted a residential area. Sheikh Zayed confirmed the UAE's support to Saudi Arabia against terrorist hostilities. Prince Abdullah expressed his appreciation for to Sheikh Zayed's sincere feelings towards the kingdom and its people. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for transparent approach toward terrorism

Posted on 18/10/2003

New York - The UAE called Thursday the UN to be more transparent, practical and fair when it deliberates on terrorism and its related problems. 'Despite the international agreements, and political and legal measures adopted by the international community over the past years to combat all forms and kinds of organised terrorism and crimes against peoples, we have been witnessing increasing organised crimes that are more dangerous than terrorism,' Mohammed Al Marzougi, member of the UAE mission at ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israeli aggression on Syria

Posted on 07/10/2003

The United Arab Emirates has condemned the Israeli aggression on Syria and urged the international community to stand up to its responsibilities by bringing an end to the Israeli government's ill-practices and policy of intimidation, which threatens to drag the whole region to another cycle of violence and to blow off the existing chance for peace in the region. An official source from the foreign ministry said that the UAE condemns Israeli aggression on Syrian soil and regards that a dangerous ...  >>MORE

GCC leaders condemn bombings in Riyadh, Casablanca and all forms of terrorism

Posted on 22/05/2003

Riyadh - Leaders of the Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC countries yesterday condemned the terrorist bombings that recently took place in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, causing the death of many innocent civilians. Concluding a consultative summit in Riyadh, the leaders also affirmed that such criminal acts were contrary to the teachings of Islam. In a statement he read after the conclusion of the summit, GCC Secretary General Abulrahman Al Attiya said that the leaders had denounced and rejected all ...  >>MORE

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Worshippers pray for victims of London blast


Cabinet condemns London blasts and sends condolences


Nakhira condemns London, Baghdad crimes


UAE Minister of Interior condemns London blasts


FM condemns killing of Egyptian envoy in Baghdad


UAE condemns explosions in London


Cabinet approves UAE joining global anti-terror accords


UAE condemns assassination of Lebanese journalist


US to maintain naval forces in Gulf region at same level for one more year


UAE denounces Cairo explosion


President reiterates support for Qatar


Anti-terrorism financing seminar kicks off in Abu Dhabi


GCC states adopt strategy to fight terror financing


UAE condemns Beirut explosion, mourns Hariri's death


UAE condemns shoot-out in Kuwait


Dubai ports join anti-terror effort


UAE renews its commitment to UN resolutions regarding fighting terrorism


UAE condemns Taba blasts


UAE, Britain explore counter-terror mechanisms


UAE rejects terrorism, all acts of violence – Khalifa


UAE, UN discuss anti-terror co-operation


Zayed issues law on anti-terror crimes


German official lauds UAE for issuing anti-terror law


UAE denounces terror in all its forms: Zayed


Terrorism has no religion or country: Fahim


GCC leaders vow to defeat terror


UAE to introduce new law against terror financing


UAE abides by UN sanctions against terrorist financing


US missions in UAE shut after dubious tip-off


Somali group triggered terror alert


US Embassy to re-open today


Zayed and Maktoum send condolences to Spanish King; condemns heinous crimes on innocent people


UAE denounces terrorism as threat to peace and stability


Al Dhahiri to open war on terror workshop


GCC approves anti-terror pact


UAE, Brazil denounce terrorism, urge world to help Iraq


UAE strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Turkey


Zayed reiterates UAE's support for Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism drive


UAE calls for transparent approach toward terrorism


UAE condemns Israeli aggression on Syria


GCC leaders condemn bombings in Riyadh, Casablanca and all forms of terrorism