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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - TERRORISM

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

Khalifa condemns bombings in Casablanca

Posted on 20/05/2003

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has condemned the criminal bombings in Casablanca on Friday, which killed and wounded a large number of Moroccans and expatriates. The message came in a cable sent by Sheikh Khalifa to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during which he re-affirmed the UAE's solidarity with the Kingdom of Morocco and expressed support to all measures adopted by the Kingdom to safeguard its ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns terrorist acts in Morocco

Posted on 18/05/2003

The UAE yesterday condemned the terrorist explosions that rocked the Moroccan coastal city of Casablanca on Friday night, killing several Moroccan citizens and expatriates. In a cable of condolence to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, re-affirmed the UAE solidarity with Morocco and also expressed full support to all measures adopted by the kingdom to safeguard its security, stability and ultimately combat terrorist acts aimed at the country. The ...  >>MORE

Zayed calls Sultan bin Abdulaziz

Posted on 15/05/2003

President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan made a phone call yesterday evening to Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence in Saudi Arabia. During their conversation, Sheikh Zayed expressed the UAE's condemnation of the terrorist and criminal acts that were perpetuated against Saudi Arabia on Monday night. Sheikh Zayed voiced the solidarity of the UAE with the Kingdom and also expressed full support for all the measures taken by the ...  >>MORE

Zayed condemns terrorist criminal acts

Posted on 14/05/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday made a phone call to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and expressed UAE's condemnation of the terrorist and criminal actions against the kingdom. He said that the UAE stands by and supports Saudi Arabia in any action it takes against these criminal acts, which, he said, were intended to undermine the security of the country and safety of nationals and expatriates. Sheikh Zayed also said that the UAE considers the ...  >>MORE

War and terrorism are repugnant acts - Zayed

Posted on 23/02/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday received Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika, who arrived here yesterday on an official visit. The two leaders exchanged views on the latest developments in the Gulf region and the Iraqi crisis as well as ways of averting war against the Iraqi people. They also reviewed the situation in the Palestinian occupied territories in the light of Israeli escalation. They discussed the current Arab situation, topics on the agenda of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah offers US$50,000 to IBA's Task Force on global Terrorism

Posted on 07/01/2003

The Emirate of Sharjah has provided funding of US$50,000 for the International Bar Association's Task Force on International Terrorism, the International Bar Association (IBA) has announced. The Task Force is considering how best the international communities should counter the very real threat of terrorism without diminishing respect for human rights. 'The emirate will in addition host a meeting of the Task Force in Sharjah in 2003, following an invitation made by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan ...  >>MORE

Al Qaeda Gulf chief arrested in the UAE

Posted on 24/12/2002

The United Arab Emirates arrested Al-Qaeda's operations chief in the Gulf Abdel-Raheem al-Nashiri at the end of October 2002, an official UAE source said. "Prior to his arrest, al-Nashiri was planning to blow up several vital economic targets in the UAE with the purpose of causing a large number of human casualties among UAE citizens and expatriates and heavy material losses as well as disturbing the peace and security in the country," the official source said. "When he found difficulty in ...  >>MORE

Airport security conference to focus on terrorism

Posted on 13/12/2002

The UAE will host a conference on the security of airports next year which is expected to focus on crisis management and terrorism affecting global aviation industry. The conference will take place on the sideline of an international exhibition on airport security and fires scheduled to be held in Dubai next April. A number of reputable security and safety experts representing international aviation companies will address the conference. Local authorities have recently announced arrangements to ...  >>MORE

UAE role in anti-terror war praised

Posted on 12/09/2002

U.S. Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba praised the role of the UAE in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks during a ceremony of remembrance at her residence. On the first anniversary of the attacks, senior officials of the UAE Government and members of the diplomatic corps were invited to sign a 'book of remembrance' for the victims. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, yesterday attended a ...  >>MORE

UAE rejects Al Qaeda gold transfer report

Posted on 08/09/2002

MANAMA - The UAE rejects US reports that Al Qaeda network and the Taleban have used Dubai as a transiting point for smuggling gold from Pakistan to other countries, the Governor of UAE's Central Bank, Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, said yesterday. "This is all Press allegations... we don't believe there is anything (smuggling)," he said. Al Suwaidi said UAE airports are fitted with metal detectors and it would be easier for these terror organisations to smuggle dollars than gold. Al ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassy in Cairo issues tourist guidebook

Posted on 19/08/2002

The UAE Embassy in Cairo has issued a tourist guidebook which provides informational services to the UAE citizens who will visit Egypt. The embassy affirmed that this guidebook was in the context of boosting cooperation ties between the two sister countries, particularly in the field of tourism promotion. The guidebook, which carries in its front page a photograph of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, provides necessary information ...  >>MORE

UAE to strengthen anti-terror law

Posted on 28/07/2002

The UAE is updating its laws to take into consideration acts of terrorism, following the September 11 attacks. Mohammed Nakhira Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, confirmed the UAE government has realised that, following the September 11 attacks, it is necessary to include important amendments into the Federal Penal Code No. 3 for 1987. The Federal Penal Code does not include any articles condemning acts that harm internal and external state security. A special ...  >>MORE

No room for terrorism in Islam: Nakhira

Posted on 22/05/2002

Cairo - Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, yesterday called upon Muslims to spread Islamic values to promote good future relationship between the Islamic civilisation and other cultures. Chairing today's first session of the 14th Islamic Conference currently underway in Cairo, Nakhira said that the conference aimed at unveiling the truth of Islam as a religion of tolerance, asserting that it was incumbent on all Muslims to rectify the wrong notion ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates anti-terror stance

Posted on 14/03/2002

The UAE on 7 March reiterated the distinction between terrorism and the legitimate right of people to self-determination and to resist foreign occupation, with particular reference to the struggle of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation. This was emphasised by the UAE's official report on combating terrorism, prepared by the country's National Anti-Terrorism Committee. The 17-page document was handed by the UAE's permanent delegate at New York to the UN Security Council's ...  >>MORE

UAE rejects all forms terrorism and Israeli state terrorism

Posted on 13/03/2002

Saif Saeed bin Saed, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary, yesterday reiterated the UAE's rejection of all forms of terrorism including the state terrorism practised by Israel against the Palestinian people. In a speech at a seminar organised by the Foreign Ministry's Institute of Diplomacy on changes brought by the events of September 11, Saed said that the UAE rejected terrorism in all its forms and called for the making of distinction between terrorism and the right of people for resistance ...  >>MORE

U.S. lauds UAE role in fighting terrorist funds

Posted on 08/03/2002

The U.S. yesterday denied it has frozen assets of Islamic charitable institutions and said it is not planning to buy shares in Islamic banks, but it will continue to step up its efforts to stop channels of support for terrorist funding. The U.S. expressed its gratitude to the government of the UAE for its support for Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war against terrorism. "We have no intention in harming charitable institutions. The U.S. has a long tradition and history of helping ...  >>MORE

UAE Anti-Terrorism Panel meets

Posted on 04/03/2002

In keeping with the spirit of the United Nations Security Council resolution No. 1373 of September last year, the UAE Anti-terrorism panel held its second meeting to review the country report which is to be submitted to the world body within the coming few days. Sources told (WAM) that the UAE report, to be presented to the International Anti-Terrorism Committee, re-affirms the country's commitment to fully cooperate with the UN and its member states in combating all forms of terrorism. The UAE ...  >>MORE

Kolkata terrorist suspect deported from UAE

Posted on 14/02/2002

Aftab Ahmed Ansari, alias Farhan Malik, and his associate Rajinder Kumar, thought to be behind the terrorist shooting in the Indian city of Kolkata, were deported from the UAE to New Delhi Indian security on 9 February. Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh formally thanked the UAE for their co-operation. Singh said, ‘By co-operating with Indian security officials and arresting them, the UAE authorities have sent out a clear message that they have zero tolerance on terrorism.' ...  >>MORE

Clinton thanks UAE for anti-terror war backing

Posted on 18/01/2002

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, speaking in Dubai for the first time, thanked the UAE for its support in the global fight against organised terrorism. In a 17-minute speech attended by General Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, during the Science, Technology and Arts Royal Summit (Stars) 2002, Clinton reiterated calls for an end to the escalation of violence in Palestine. Clinton stressed that talks must replace violence, suicide ...  >>MORE

Zayed scoffs at Israel's claims of self-defence

Posted on 15/01/2002

ABU DHABI, JAN. 14, 2002 (WAM)--President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan today described Israel's claims of practising self defence in its ruthless campaign against the unarmed Palestinian people as baseless. Sheikh Zayed's remarks came during a meeting with William Burns, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs. Sheikh Zayed reviewed with Burns the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories in the light of the continued Israeli escalation of violence against ...  >>MORE

War against terror achieved its goals

Posted on 11/01/2002

Dubai, Jan.11, 2002 (WAM) The war against terror achieved its political and military goals to a considerable extent in Afghanistan and moved the Palestinian-Israeli crisis to the top of the political agenda, said a political commentator in a Dubai lecture. Dr Amin Saikal, the director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) said it is clear there can be no stability in the region unless the Palestinian problem is solved. Dr Saikal was speaking on 'Afghanistan, ...  >>MORE

Indian envoy praises Zayed's policies to fight terrorism

Posted on 04/01/2002

(WAM) The Indian ambassador yesterday praised president his highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his far-sighted vision and the will to fight all forms of terrorism. Paying tribute to Sheikh Zayed at a lecture entitled 'the threat of terrorism on civilised society', held at Zayed centre for co-ordination and follow-up, ambassador K.C. Singh said the survival of civilised societies and the countering of threats from fundamentalism and terrorism depended on the ability of leaders to ...  >>MORE

Abdullah call for steps to defeat terrorism

Posted on 04/01/2002

Terror, motivated by ‘religious extremism', must be fought by expanding freedom in the Arab-Islamic world and making better use of economic resources, Minister of Information and Culture Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said yesterday. "If we succeed in creating an environment that does not suffer from a dearth of freedom (and) in making better use of resources ... we would create better conditions to deal with extremism, which cannot be eradicated by war alone,” Sheikh Abdullah wrote in the ...  >>MORE

GCC leaders to insist on concerted international effort against terrorism

Posted on 30/12/2001

(WAM) GCC leaders would insist on international co-operation on fighting terrorism and that a clear distinction should be made between terrorism and people's right to resist occupation. An informed source told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that the GCC leaders would demand that the war against terrorism should not be left in the hands of a single country. The source added that the summit's communiqué would also demand the condemnation of Israeli terrorism against the Palestinian people. It ...  >>MORE

Pakistan makes right moves against terrorism, A UAE daily says

Posted on 27/12/2001

(WAM) A UAE newspaper said today that Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has made the right moves in putting the government of Pakistan clearly against any terrorist actions conducted by organisations with representatives in Pakistan. 'He has accused the militants of staining Islam's image. More importantly, his government's arrest of Maulana Azhar Masood, the leader of the Jaish-e- Mohammed group which is opposed to India's rule of Kashmir, is a landmark move in that it extends his ...  >>MORE

Zionist entity presents a clear picture of state terrorism, UAE daily

Posted on 26/12/2001

(WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today said that Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem this year was a very sad one as Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat was, for the first time in six years, prevented from travelling to Bethlehem to take part in the mass. 'This act further reiterated to the world the barbarism of the Zionist entity and its disrespect for all norms and international agreements, reached under the supervision of the United States and the international community at large. It also ...  >>MORE

US should provide more evidence: UAE daily

Posted on 18/12/2001

(WAM) The American government last week released an hour-long video of Osama bin Laden talking about the attack on the World Trade Centre and how he hoped for the destruction which resulted. It is a chilling performance, in which two men calmly discuss one of the world's most horrific attacks, treating it as a successful project. It is a shocking insight into bin Laden's thinking said the daily 'Gulf News' in an editorial today. 'However, this video should not be the sum total of the U.S. ...  >>MORE

Arab Gulf states offer strong backing to anti-terror drive

Posted on 16/12/2001

(WAM) A UAE newspaper today praised the Arab Gulf states' effort to back the global anti-terrorism campaign, especially at humanitarian and financial levels. The Dubai-based 'Gulf News' gave special credit to the UAE and Saudi Arabia for taking the lead in drafting regulations aimed at starving terrorist group of funds. 'The Arab Gulf states have been strong supporters of the worldwide coalition against terror right from the start. While they have not been part of the military action, they have ...  >>MORE

Islam's wider message, UAE daily

Posted on 11/12/2001

(WAM) Islam has had more publicity around the world in the past few months than it has had in years. Some of the coverage has been overly dramatic and negative, making extravagant points with little understanding of the entirety of the Islamic community, while other examples of the coverage have been thoughtful and encouraging better understanding, said the daily 'Gulf News' in an editorial today. 'It has to be recognised that bad news will outweigh good news, and that one bad act will get more ...  >>MORE

US blackmails PNA to serve Zionism's interests

Posted on 11/12/2001

(WAM) A UAE Arabic daily lashed out at the US for blackmailing the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in favour of Israel as part of its effort to halt violence in Palestine. ' Washington is blackmailing the weakest side and victim - PNA- while leaving the Zionist assassin at large and did not even dare to condemn him,' Dubai-based 'Al Bayan' reported in its editorial today. The paper said that the US positions were difficult to understand. US Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged ...  >>MORE

Drums of war in the Middle East, UAE daily

Posted on 05/12/2001

(WAM) There is no doubt that Israel has declared war on the Palestinians, specifically President Yasser Arafat, said the daily 'Gulf News' in and editorial. 'It will come as no surprise to any Israeli that their country is at war against the Palestinians. For it was they who saw fit to vote Sharon into power as Prime Minister, knowing full well his ambitions with regard to the Palestinians. As a former Israeli soldier, known for his aggression - not for nothing is he called the Butcher of Sabra ...  >>MORE

Momentum on Afghan talks should continue, UAE daily

Posted on 02/12/2001

(WAM) Initial reaction to the Afghan talks in Bonn has been favourable. Certainly it is a refreshing change to hear of previously warring factions putting aside their differences and talking of a new beginning in Afghanistan, the 'Gulf News' said in an editorial. 'It is to be hoped that this momentum will continue during the three to five days the meetings are scheduled for, and last so that further discussions will take place in Kabul later. For it is generally recognised that after decades - ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed calls Iran for talks, reiterates UAE's backing for fight against terrorism

Posted on 01/12/2001

Sheikh Zayed calls Iran for talks, reiterates UAE's backing for fight against terrorism(WAM) President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan today said that the prosperity, security and stability that the UAE enjoyed were the result of the patience, perseverance, continued hard work and great efforts of all citizens. In a message to the UAE people on the occasion of the country's 30th National Day, Sheikh Zayed said that the country was proud of its achievements thus far and looked forward to ...  >>MORE

Israel continues to carry out extra-judicial killings, UAE daily

Posted on 27/11/2001

(WAM) A major UAE English daily today said that many will think it ironic that Israel should be a signatory to the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. 'Ironic, because Israel is one of the few remaining countries in the world that still routinely practices torture as an integral part of its questioning tactics. Ironic, because Israel has no effective complaint or investigative mechanism for victims to register complaints. Ironic, because Israel, almost alone in the world, carries out ...  >>MORE

Sharon's policy dooms US peace mission

Posted on 26/11/2001

(WAM) The UAE press said today that Israel had aborted the mission of the two US Middle East peace envoys before it started. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns and Former US Marine Corps Anthony Zinni arrive today to the region to revive peace efforts. 'The bloody policy of assassination adopted by terrorist Ariel Sharon against the Palestinian people has doomed the US peace mission before it takes off,' the Dubai-based 'Al Bayan' reported. 'Sharon is planning to depress any peace ...  >>MORE

Savagery should stop in Afghanistan: UAE daily

Posted on 26/11/2001

(WAM) The Northern Alliance and their new allies from the regions who have just joined the cause have taken large areas of territory, and captured large numbers of their enemies. They remember the horrors that the Taliban committed when they took over the north, and they want revenge. Sadly, they are taking it, said the daily 'Gulf News' in an editorial. 'The brutalities and excesses of violence being committed in Afghanistan at the moment cannot be condoned. It is well known that there is a ...  >>MORE

Middle East needs clear blueprint for peace

Posted on 20/11/2001

(WAM) For the first time, the US has called a spade a spade in the Middle East by describing Israel's presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupation and affirming that it must end, said the daily 'The Gulf Today' in an editorial. 'Outlining the US 'vision' of a peace settlement in the region, Secretary of State Collin Powell has also laid out the bottom lines, Israel must halt its settlement drive in the Palestinian territories and lift the siege of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 'His ...  >>MORE

UAE urges US to intervene in Middle East peace

Posted on 19/11/2001

(WAM) Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, today reaffirmed the UAE's full support for the international coalition against terrorism. During a meeting with Condolezza Rice, US National Security Advisor, Sheikh Hamdan emphasised the need to extend support and assistance to the Pakistani government in appreciation of the great efforts it provided to the international coalition against terrorism. Sheikh Hamdan also urged the US administration to engage itself ...  >>MORE

European role in peace process very necessary, UAE daily

Posted on 19/11/2001

(WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today welcomed the move by Europe to give a push to the stalled Middle East peace process, saying that the move was very necessary in the light of the freezing point the process had reached on all the various tracks. The Dubai-based 'Al Bayan' said that the European move seeks to revive the peace process and to support the role being played by the Americans, who looked rather more sympathetic to Israel by continuing to give the latter military and political ...  >>MORE

US should involve EU in Middle East policy, UAE dailies

Posted on 18/11/2001

(WAM) A high-power delegation from the European Union, EU, is on a three-day visit to the Middle East, hoping to play a strategic part in any peace talks that may ensue, the daily 'Gulf News' said today. 'While America's interest has waned on matters Middle East in recent months, the EU is looking to see if there is any way it can contribute to bringing together negotiators from both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. However, despite the heavyweight diplomatic force, it is unlikely the EU will ...  >>MORE

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


Khalifa condemns bombings in Casablanca


UAE condemns terrorist acts in Morocco


Zayed calls Sultan bin Abdulaziz


Zayed condemns terrorist criminal acts


War and terrorism are repugnant acts - Zayed


Sharjah offers US$50,000 to IBA's Task Force on global Terrorism


Al Qaeda Gulf chief arrested in the UAE


Airport security conference to focus on terrorism


UAE role in anti-terror war praised


UAE rejects Al Qaeda gold transfer report


UAE Embassy in Cairo issues tourist guidebook


UAE to strengthen anti-terror law


No room for terrorism in Islam: Nakhira


UAE reiterates anti-terror stance


UAE rejects all forms terrorism and Israeli state terrorism


U.S. lauds UAE role in fighting terrorist funds


UAE Anti-Terrorism Panel meets


Kolkata terrorist suspect deported from UAE


Clinton thanks UAE for anti-terror war backing


Zayed scoffs at Israel's claims of self-defence


War against terror achieved its goals


Indian envoy praises Zayed's policies to fight terrorism


Abdullah call for steps to defeat terrorism


GCC leaders to insist on concerted international effort against terrorism


Pakistan makes right moves against terrorism, A UAE daily says


Zionist entity presents a clear picture of state terrorism, UAE daily


US should provide more evidence: UAE daily


Arab Gulf states offer strong backing to anti-terror drive


Islam's wider message, UAE daily


US blackmails PNA to serve Zionism's interests


Drums of war in the Middle East, UAE daily


Momentum on Afghan talks should continue, UAE daily


Sheikh Zayed calls Iran for talks, reiterates UAE's backing for fight against terrorism


Israel continues to carry out extra-judicial killings, UAE daily


Sharon's policy dooms US peace mission


Savagery should stop in Afghanistan: UAE daily


Middle East needs clear blueprint for peace


UAE urges US to intervene in Middle East peace


European role in peace process very necessary, UAE daily


US should involve EU in Middle East policy, UAE dailies