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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - IRAQ

France expresses "deep concern" after kidnapping of UAE diplomat in Baghdad

Posted on 19/05/2006

Paris - France expressed "deep concern" after the kidnapping of a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates who was on mission in Baghdad. The diplomat was seized by gunmen as he visited the cultural office of his embassy in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday. "In these difficult circumstances, (France) assures the Emirates' authorities of its full sympathy and its solidarity," said Denis Simonneau, the Deputy spokesman at the French Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday, according to KUNA. France ...  >>MORE

Iraqi Business Council denounces abduction of UAE diplomat

Posted on 19/05/2006

The Iraqi Business Council in Abu Dhabi (IBC) condemned yesterday the kidnapping of UAE diplomat Naji Al Nuaimi while on duty in Baghdad on Tuesday. Expressing its full support for the UAE, the Council said in a statement today that :' The Iraqi community will never forget the white hands of the UAE in Iraq. The Council expressed his hope for the release of the UAE diplomat as soon as possible and prayed the Almighty to spare the UAE and its people from any harm. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Two employees of UAE Embassy in Baghdad killed

Posted on 05/04/2006

Baghdad - A car owned by the UAE embassy in Baghdad was attacked yesterday afternoon in Baghdad. Two Iraqi employees working for the Embassy were killed in the armed attack. In a press statement, Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has denounced the cowardly terrorist attack which comes as part of the serial terrorist criminal attacks that aims to destabilize Iraq. The UAE will continue to stand for the Iraqi people and do its best to help boost its national unity and bring ...  >>MORE

UAE stands for Iraqi people: Sheikh Mansour

Posted on 02/04/2006

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs stressed that the UAE, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, stands for the Iraqi people who are seeking to realize aspirations to building a new Iraq that enjoys security, unity and stability. Sheikh Mansour reiterated, during a meeting at the Presidential Palace with Iraqi Ambassador to UAE Faris Ojail Al Yawer, UAE's complete refusal of all violence acts in Iraq. He called on all ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed demands gradual pull out of foreign forces from Iraq

Posted on 04/12/2005

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence has called on foreign forces in Iraq to withdraw gradually and give Iraqis the opportunity to govern themselves. During a question-and-answer session with delegates of the Young Arab Leaders Forum, Sheikh Mohammed stated that the US is a superpower and a great and good nation but has made mistakes in the war-torn Iraq. He said violence can not solve problems but will rather aggravate them. ...  >>MORE

UAE welcomes formation of new Iraq government

Posted on 10/05/2005

The United Arab Emirates today welcomed the final set up of the newly formed Iraqi government. In its weekly session held yesterday the UAE cabinet hailed the final formation of the government in 'sisterly Iraq' and wished that it would usher in a new period of stability that would allow the government to discharge its duties, particularly drafting of a new constitution. The cabinet reiterated that the UAE would stand by Iraq in whatever endeavour that might help it recuperate, regain its ...  >>MORE

Freed Indonesian hostages arrive in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/10/2004

Two Indonesian women hostages who were held by an Iraqi militant group and released last Monday arrived in Abu Dhabi last night. The two women were received on arrival by Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Red Crescent Society and Faisal Bafadal, Indonesian ambassador to the UAE in addition to other Foreign Ministry officials. In a statement shortly after the arrival of the two women, ambassador Bafadal extended the gratitude of his government to the UAE for ...  >>MORE

UAE flies home second batch of Iraqi refugees in Pakistan

Posted on 22/08/2004

A total of 145 Iraqi refugees who had lived in Pakistan for years were flown home aboard two C-130 transport planes provided by the UAE Air Force. The repatriation came upon instructions of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and follow up of Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces. The two planes left a Rawalpindi air base this morning bound for the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Four of the returnees ...  >>MORE

Mohammed receives Iraqi Vice President

Posted on 21/08/2004

Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, received in Abu Dhabi yesterday Iraqi Vice President, Dr. Ibrahim Al Jafari and his entourage, currently on a visit to the UAE. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, the latest developments in Iraq and a number of issues of mutual interest. Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the commitment of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al ...  >>MORE

Iraqi refugees head home on UAE aircraft

Posted on 21/08/2004

Islamabad: Officials said that 141 Iraqi refugees who had lived in Pakistan for years were being repatriated yesterday aboard two planes provided by the UAE. A UAE embassy statement said the UAE sent the two C-130 transport planes at the request of the UN refugee agency. The Iraqis were set to depart later from an air base near Islamabad, bound for the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Officials said the refugees were returning voluntarily, some accompanied by children. The returnees included at ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed receives Iraqi PM

Posted on 31/07/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs received in Abu Dhabi last Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Eyad Allawi. Sheikh Hamdan and Prime Minister Allawi who arrived here earlier in the day as part of a tour in the region, discussed bilateral cooperation in addition to latest developments in the Iraqi arena, including efforts being currently exerted to restore security. During the meeting, Sheikh Hamdan conveyed the keenness of H.H ...  >>MORE

Former Filipino hostage arrived in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 24/07/2004

De la Cruz being welcomed by UAE officials upon his arrival in Abu Dhabi from Baghdad. Angelo de la Cruz, the former Filipino hostage who was released last Tuesday in Iraq, arrived last Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. Roy E. Simato, emissary of Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Raphael Vagis, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary in Manila, also arrived in the UAE capital along with de La Cruz. They were received at the airport by Tareq Al Heidan, Ass. Foreign Ministry Under Secretary for ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassy in Baghdad hands over released Filipino hostage

Posted on 21/07/2004

The embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Baghdad handed over Filipino hostage Angelo de la Cruz to his country's embassy in Iraq. Ahmed Mohammed Al Shamsi, Charge d'Affaires of the UAE embassy, said Filipino Foreign Under Secretary Raphael Vigs received truck driver de la Cruz, who was abducted by Iraqi militants nearly two weeks ago. He said agreement was reached with official authorities in the Philippines to fly Cruz to Abu Dhabi for medical check ups. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Iraq's FM requests UAE to write off loans

Posted on 14/07/2004

The new Iraqi government has asked the UAE to write off its bilateral loans and help rebuilding the country from rubble. "We are in process of reconstructing Iraq, which is a gigantic task to accomplish. We need political, moral and economic support from our Arab brethren," said Dr Adil Abdul Mehdi, Iraqi Finance Minister, while talking to "Khaleej Times.” Dr Mehdi who is heading a three-member delegation comprising Governor of Iraqi Central Bank. State Minister for Reconstruction held ...  >>MORE

UAE welcomes transfer of power in Iraq

Posted on 29/06/2004

The United Arab Emirates has welcomed yesterday the transfer of power to the interim Government of Iraq as another important step towards achieving stability in the country. At its regular weekly meeting yesterday, the UAE Cabinet reaffirmed its continued support for the Iraqi government, issuing a statement after the meeting to wish the Government success in governing the country. In the statement, the Cabinet expressed its confidence that the fraternal people of Iraq, a country known for ...  >>MORE

CNN to air key debate on Iraq from Dubai

Posted on 15/06/2004

CNN International will host a panel discussion from Dubai on June 30 during which key Arab opinion formers will air their views about the handover of sovereignty to Iraq. The special programme titled 'Countdown to Handover: The Arab Pulse', offers a global platform for the Arab perspective on events in Iraq and CNN's international audience will see and hear the passionate views from across the political and journalistic spectrum of the Arab world. Dubai is the starting point for a three-part ...  >>MORE

UAE welcomes UN resolution on Iraq

Posted on 12/06/2004

The UAE on Wednesday welcomed a UN Security Council resolution on the future of Iraq as 'a milestone' towards returning full sovereignty to Iraqis, according to a foreign ministry source. 'The UAE welcomes the UN Security Council resolution on Iraq and appeals to all sectors of the Iraqi people to seize this historic opportunity to close the past page of differences, divisions and violence and join their hands in one coherent front to get Iraq out of its current situation in order to restore ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed congratulates new Iraqi President

Posted on 02/06/2004

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday sent a cable of greetings to Iraq's new President Sheikh Ghazi Al-Yawar, for his election as President of Iraq. Sheikh Zayed wished him success in achieving his people's aspirations in security and progress. Sheikh Zayed also affirmed the UAE's keen desire to strengthen fraternal ties and co-operation with Iraq, expressing the hope that Iraq would resume its role alongside its Arab brothers to serve the causes of the Arab and Islamic ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns assassination of Chairman of the Iraqi Governing Council

Posted on 18/05/2004

The UAE yesterday condemned the assassination of Izzadine Saleem , Chairman of the Iraqi Governing Council. "The UAE strongly condemns the heinous assassination of the Iraqi Governing Council Chairman Izzadine Saleem, along with several other Iraqi citizens , who fell today as a result of a vicious criminal act.” said an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The source further called on the Iraqi people to unite against those who are bent on destruction, disunity and ...  >>MORE

Iraq Business Council set up in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/04/2004

A special body, which will see to the development and enhancing of economic ties between UAE businessmen and their Iraqi counterparts living in the country, has been set up, it was announced here today during a press conference at the premises of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ADCCI. The Iraqi Business Council, which will have its headquarters here in Abu Dhabi, with the possibility of opening branch offices in other emirates, will also promote joint ventures on the Iraqi ...  >>MORE

Freed Japanese hostages arrive in Dubai from Iraq

Posted on 17/04/2004

Three Japanese who were held hostage in Iraq for a week arrived in Dubai Friday and were immediately admitted to a hospital here for a medical check-up. The three -- Noriaki Imai, 18, Nahoko Takato, 34, and Soichiro Koriyama, 32 -- headed straight after their arrival to the American Hospital in Dubai where they were to spend the night and undergo tests. They will then proceed to their journey to homeland. They were welcomed upon arrival by Khalifa Sulieman, Director of Dubai Protocol Department ...  >>MORE

US urges UAE firms to play key role in Iraq future

Posted on 21/03/2004

One year after the war in Iraq, the US administration believes strongly in moving towards helping Iraqis to realise a prosperous future, and companies in the UAE could play a significant role in achieving this target. William H. Lash, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, said the US government is fully committed to rebuilding the country after the removal of its dictator regime. He added that the administration is working with its allies around the world to help in the rebuilding process of ...  >>MORE

US$10m telecom tender in Iraq won by UAE firm

Posted on 20/03/2004

Dubai-based Middle East telecommunication consultancy Technology Partners has won the US$10 million bid to build network management and subscriber services infrastructure for Iraq's national telecommunications network. Technology Partners leads a consortium of companies that will deploy billing, network management and information systems connecting the 250 service and exchange sites across the country, allowing Iraq Telecom to start functioning as a commercial entity and supporting the ...  >>MORE

Zayed welcomes the endorsement of Iraqi interim constitution

Posted on 10/03/2004

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday welcomed the signing of the Iraqi interim constitution, hailing it as a giant step towards achieving the stability and reconstruction of Iraq. In a cable he addressed to the Iraqi Governing Council, IGC, Sheikh Zayed expressed his confidence that signing the provisional law constituted a positive development towards the building of Iraqi national institutions and achieving stability, security and development. He added that the IGC ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Karbala blasts

Posted on 03/03/2004

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denounced the blasts that shook the holy cities of Karbala and Kadhimiya in Iraq yesterday, describing them as repugnant. "The UAE expresses shock and strongly condemns such crimes, which are denounced by all divine laws and human values," said an official source at the Foreign Ministry. The UAE also called on the Iraqi leadership and all organisations and parties to exercise self restraint and thwart attempts aimed at igniting sedition and ripping apart ...  >>MORE

UAE's support of Iraq lauded

Posted on 01/03/2004

China's Deputy Foreign Minister Shen Gofang hailed on Sunday the UAE, under the leadership of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for its support of the people of Iraq. Gofang is leading his country's delegation to the two-day meetings of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq Donor's Committee, which began here on Saturday. He made his statement as he met Saif Saeed bin Saed, Foreign Ministry's Under Secretary, yesterday. They discussed avenues of cooperation ...  >>MORE

One billion dollars committed to Iraq trust funds for 2004: Japan envoy

Posted on 01/03/2004

A total amount of one billion dollars have been committed to two separate trust funds to channel money into Iraqi reconstruction projects for 2004, Japanese Ambassador to Iraq, disclosed here today at the end of a two-day Donors Committee meeting of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, IRFFI. Masamitsu Oki, listed the donor countries, including Britain, Canada, the European Union, Finland, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Qatar and Spain that. She said Japan had committed ...  >>MORE

Japan elected to chair panel on rebuilding of Iraq

Posted on 01/03/2004

Japan has been elected to chair the Fund's 12-member steering committee for the reconstruction of Iraq. Japan's selection came in a in Abu Dhabi today of the steering committee, which includes also Australia, Canada, India, the European Union, Korea, Norway, Spain, Qatar, Sweden, Britain and USA. Dr Mahdi Al Hafedh, Iraq's Planning Minister, said the committee's meetings were positive and encouraging. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Iraq urges donors to speed up fund release

Posted on 29/02/2004

The Iraqi governing council has once again urged international donors to speed up procedures to channel the US$4 billion needed for the more than 700 urgent reconstruction projects within the next 12 months. The call came at the preparatory meeting for the International Reconstruction Fund Facility in Iraq, which began its deliberations here yesterday. The meeting brought representatives from the Iraqi Governing Council, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), UN, World Bank, IMF and ...  >>MORE

Iraqi Planning Minister praises Zayed

Posted on 29/02/2004

Mehdi Al Hafez, Iraqi Planning Minister has lauded the unstinted stance of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in supporting the Iraqi people. In remarks on the sidelines of the meetings of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, Hafez also praised the UAE keenness to participate in the reconstruction of Iraq, citing UAE contribution and hosting of the current donors meeting as good examples illustrating the UAE commitment towards its Iraqi brethren. The Iraqi ...  >>MORE

Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq receives US$8 b from US

Posted on 29/02/2004

Admiral David Nash, Director of Coalition Provisional Authority, CPA, in Iraq said here today that the CPA has received US$8 billion from the United States as part of the US$18.6 billion pledged by the US Government at the donors meeting in Madrid last year. He said in a statement to WAM on the sidelines of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq which opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday, that a total of US$6 billion will be allocated for construction, while the remainder will go for ...  >>MORE

Donor states keen to write off Iraqi debts

Posted on 29/02/2004

Many donor countries are willing to write off a great deal of Iraq's debts, according to Baghdad's Minister of Planning and Development Co-operation. Several governments are likely to follow suit, resulting in 60 per cent of all Iraqi debts totalling US$120 billion being written off, said Dr Mehdi Hafedh at the Donors Committee Meeting here. "Iraq will need around US$55 million until 2008 as part of the reconstruction of the country. These are truly immense sums that we owe to Saddam's ...  >>MORE

UN Sec. General Envoy arrives in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/02/2004

Ross Mountain, Special Envoy to the United Nations Secretary General arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday to participate at the meetings of the donors committee for the reconstruction of Iraq. He was received on arrival by Obaid Salim Al Zaabi, Director of Protocol Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nadir Hadj Hammou, Resident Representative of the United Nations' Development Programme. Delegates from around 40 countries in addition to representatives from Arab and international funds ...  >>MORE

Bin Kharbash to open Iraq reconstruction donors committee meeting

Posted on 28/02/2004

H.E. Dr Mohammad Khalfan bin Kharbash, UAE Minister of State for Finance and Industry. Minister of State for Financial and Industrial Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, will open in Abu Dhabi today a meeting of the Iraq reconstruction donors committee. About 40 countries, including the US, EU member countries and Japan, in addition to the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General, representatives of the Arab Monetary Fund, the Islamic Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, ...  >>MORE

Dubai considering taking on Basra airport's management

Posted on 23/02/2004

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will consider taking up the management and handling of Basra Airport, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the DCA and Chairman of Emirates Group, while meeting with members of an Iraqi delegation. This is likely to be the DCA's first overseas venture if it materialises. The Dubai National Air Travel Agency (DNATA) manages the ground handling operations at a number of overseas airports including Karachi's Quaid-e-Azam International ...  >>MORE

Iraq sees bigger role for UAE in reconstruction efforts

Posted on 20/02/2004

A high level Iraqi delegation, led by the Governor of Basra, Wael Abdelateef Hussain, is currently in Dubai to discuss opportunities for cooperation on several reconstruction projects in southern Iraq with UAE companies and government officials. The delegation, comprising twenty prominent Iraqi business and government representatives, was hosted by Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). At a press conference held in Dubai yesterday, Hussain expressed his appreciation of the ...  >>MORE

Zayed: Iraq’s integrity must be protected

Posted on 18/02/2004

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday received here Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak at Bahar Palace. Sheikh Zayed held a close-door meeting with the Egyptian President, with the attendance of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's Office. ...  >>MORE

UAE invited to vie for US$18b Iraq bids

Posted on 23/01/2004

US officials met UAE businessmen in Abu Dhabi yesterday to explain emerging post-war investment opportunities and invited them to participate in reconstruction. The Abu Dhabi-based American Business Group (ABG) organised the talks which attracted US officials in charge of rebuilding in war-wrecked Iraq, American businessmen in the UAE, and leading local investors and businessmen. Although priority in the mega projects to be awarded this year will go to companies from the United States and ...  >>MORE

Khalifa, Baker discuss Iraqi developments

Posted on 21/01/2004

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, yesterday received James Baker, Former U.S. Secretary of State and envoy of U.S. President George Bush, who is visiting the UAE as part of a regional tour. They reviewed bilateral ties, developments in the region and the situation in Iraq, particularly Iraqi debts. Baker is touring many countries of the world, asking leaders of these countries to alleviate the debt burden of ...  >>MORE

Study urges UAE banks to embark on transactions with Iraq

Posted on 27/12/2003

The UAE banks should open branches in Iraq and seek to increase investment and trade with that country, according to a recent study by the Abu Dhabi Planning Department. The increase of trade and investment volumes with Iraq will give an impetus to the service sector in the UAE, said the study prepared by Dr Ahmed Qassim Al Ahmed. It said that with the economic activity in the region back to normal and oil prices in global markets stable, the state's financial revenues would surge and so ...  >>MORE

Zayed calls on Iraqis to work towards reinforcing national unity

Posted on 21/12/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan received yesterday Abdulaziz Al Hakim, President of the Iraqi Governing Council. Sheikh Zayed and the council president discussed the situation in Iraq, notably the efforts being exerted to restore security and stability to the country. Sheikh Zayed expressed the hope that stability and security will return to the country to enable Iraqis pursue a happy and prosperous life. "The UAE will do everything within its power to standby its ...  >>MORE

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France expresses "deep concern" after kidnapping of UAE diplomat in Baghdad


Iraqi Business Council denounces abduction of UAE diplomat


Two employees of UAE Embassy in Baghdad killed


UAE stands for Iraqi people: Sheikh Mansour


Sheikh Mohammed demands gradual pull out of foreign forces from Iraq


UAE welcomes formation of new Iraq government


Freed Indonesian hostages arrive in Abu Dhabi


UAE flies home second batch of Iraqi refugees in Pakistan


Mohammed receives Iraqi Vice President


Iraqi refugees head home on UAE aircraft


Hamdan bin Zayed receives Iraqi PM


Former Filipino hostage arrived in Abu Dhabi


UAE Embassy in Baghdad hands over released Filipino hostage


Iraq's FM requests UAE to write off loans


UAE welcomes transfer of power in Iraq


CNN to air key debate on Iraq from Dubai


UAE welcomes UN resolution on Iraq


Sheikh Zayed congratulates new Iraqi President


UAE condemns assassination of Chairman of the Iraqi Governing Council


Iraq Business Council set up in Abu Dhabi


Freed Japanese hostages arrive in Dubai from Iraq


US urges UAE firms to play key role in Iraq future


US$10m telecom tender in Iraq won by UAE firm


Zayed welcomes the endorsement of Iraqi interim constitution


UAE condemns Karbala blasts


UAE's support of Iraq lauded


One billion dollars committed to Iraq trust funds for 2004: Japan envoy


Japan elected to chair panel on rebuilding of Iraq


Iraq urges donors to speed up fund release


Iraqi Planning Minister praises Zayed


Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq receives US$8 b from US


Donor states keen to write off Iraqi debts


UN Sec. General Envoy arrives in Abu Dhabi


Bin Kharbash to open Iraq reconstruction donors committee meeting


Dubai considering taking on Basra airport's management


Iraq sees bigger role for UAE in reconstruction efforts


Zayed: Iraq’s integrity must be protected


UAE invited to vie for US$18b Iraq bids


Khalifa, Baker discuss Iraqi developments


Study urges UAE banks to embark on transactions with Iraq


Zayed calls on Iraqis to work towards reinforcing national unity