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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - IRAQ

Sheikh Hamdan meets Mosul Governor

Posted on 09/06/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, today met here with Ghanem Sultan Al Basu, Governor of the Iraqi city of Mosul, who is on a visit to the UAE. They reviewed the situation of Iraq in general and the Mosul province in particular. Meanwhile, planeloads of relief assistance has landed here as part of the airbridge programme embarked upon by the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, to deliver relief assistance to the Iraqi people. The two planes, the 8th and ...  >>MORE

Ex-Iraqi minister praises Zayed's assistance to the Iraqi people

Posted on 07/06/2003

Baghdad- Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Adnan Al Bajaji yesterday praised President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for extending a helping hand to the Iraqi people during their current suffering. "President Sheikh Zayed has played a great role in alleviating the suffering of the Iraqi people. His support during this critical time will have an enduring effect on the Iraqis” said Al Bajaji in statement to WAM yesterday. He noted that the UAE remains the only country to date which has ...  >>MORE

RCA to complete mosque in Mosul

Posted on 07/06/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Authority has agreed to complete the construction of the Grand Mosque in Mosul. A delegation visited the site and assessed its requirements. Only 25 per cent of the work is finished. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE, UNICEF hold talks on projects to aid Iraqi children

Posted on 04/06/2003

The UAE Football Federation and the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF) are discussing a joint project dubbed 'Football for Peace' in cooperation with the UAE Red Crescent Authority to support Iraqi children. The move was announced yesterday by Adolf Ogi, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General on Sports for Development and Peace, and former president of Switzerland, during a press conference at the UNDP premises. Ogi is visiting the UAE at the invitation of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak ...  >>MORE

Stranded Iraqis finally head home

Posted on 04/06/2003

Some 57 of the 300 Iraqis who were stranded in the UAE since the start of the war are finally on their way home. The UAE Red Crescent, in coordination with the Human Rights Department of the Dubai Police, helped by providing them with free air tickets to Jordan where from there they will travel to their own country. Some of the Iraqis were stranded in Dubai for more than a month after their ferry service was unable to sail to Umm Qasr, while others have been stranded in the UAE since the ...  >>MORE

UAE has done its utmost to alleviate war miseries in Iraq: Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on 03/06/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has said that events in Iraq bear witness to the attention paid by the United Arab Emirates to humanitarian issues in a bid to mitigate risks of wars and disputes and their repercussions on civilians. In a foreword to the latest edition of the "Al Hilal" magazine, published by the UAE Red Crescent, Sheikh Hamdan said that the policy pursued by President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, since the early signs of war ...  >>MORE

RCS sends third shipment of aid to Iraq

Posted on 02/06/2003

The third shipment of relief aid donated to the Iraqi people by the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) is to leave today by road to Baghdad. The 12 truckloads of 240 tonnes foodstuff are meant to meet the essential needs of Iraqis, according to Dr. Saleh Al Taie, RCS Director of Relief and Emergency Department. "Six truckloads of aid will be distributed on war-affected families inside and around Baghdad while the rest of shipment will be apportioned among prospective recipients in Babel and ...  >>MORE

UAE for speedy formation of Iraq govt

Posted on 31/05/2003

The UAE and Iran are not only bound by long-standing historical ties but share common socio-economic interests, Saif Saeed bin Saad, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has said. "Iran is a neigbour and a sister Islamic country. We are also bound by historical ties as well as by common socio- economic interests," Saif Saeed told reporters here on the sidelines of the 30th ministerial meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Saif Saeed, who led the UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE and Italy to boost co-operation on Iraq

Posted on 29/05/2003

The UAE and Italy will boost cooperation in humanitarian efforts in Iraq, according to a prominent Italian official visiting the UAE. Senator Alfredo Mantica, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said here yesterday that the UAE and Italy will enhance military cooperation in the coming weeks, to support humanitarian activities in Iraq where both countries are engaged in relief operations. During his visit, to consult the UAE counterparts on the forthcoming Italian mission to ...  >>MORE

UAE humanitarian aid reaches northern Iraq

Posted on 26/05/2003

Baghdad - Twelve trucks loaded with 200 tons of UAE relief supplies arrived the Iraqi town of Zakhu at the Turkish border yesterday. The delegation of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, was at hand to receive the supplies, the first shipment of a caravan of relief supplies destined for the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul, Arbil, Zakhu, Dahuk and Sulaimaniya. The shipment comprises medicines, medical equipment and other relief supplies to be distributed to needy Iraqi people. Meanwhile, the ...  >>MORE

Another batch of wounded Iraqis arrived in UAE for treatment

Posted on 24/05/2003

The fourth batch of wounded Iraqis arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday for treatment in UAE hospitals. A UAE plane, which unloaded relief aid in Baghdad and Mosul, airlifted the wounded as part of the humanitarian assistance ordered by President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The wounded were immediately admitted to hospitals of Mafraq, Jazira and Khalifa, where special wards were fitted for their treatment. A number of top RCS officials and armed forces officers were at the airport to ...  >>MORE

UAE mission in Iraq facilitating delivery of relief assistance

Posted on 22/05/2003

In line with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society, the UAE mission in Baghdad has redoubled it efforts to clear all hurdles that impede the delivery of relief assistance to the Iraqi people, said Ali Saif Al Kaabi, UAE Charge d'Affairs. In a statement to WAM, Al Kaabi said the UAE mission is keen to ensure the smooth delivery of relief items supplied by the RCS and other UAE humanitarian agencies, ...  >>MORE

UAE humanitarian caravan leaves for Iraq

Posted on 21/05/2003

A 12-truck caravan carrying foodstuff, dates and canned items left yesterday for the people of Iraq. Khalifa Nasir Al Suweidi, Red Crescent Society's Board Chairman, said that the shipment of six trucks of the caravan would be distributed to needy people in Baghdad and its surroundings, while the six trucks will be distributed to residents of Babil, Rutba and Samer areas. He praised the donors in the UAE who enabled the Society to send relief supplies to Iraq continuously. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

RCS offers more assistance to Iraqi hospitals

Posted on 20/05/2003

Baghdad - A delegation from the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) held talks today with Chairman of Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Dr. Jamal Pouli over their action plan to aid the Iraqi people. The delegation offered during the visit to the IRCS's headquarters 400 cartons of children milk and food. The delegation also toured the Kazemyyia paediatric hospital and met its Director Dr. Rashid Al Janabi. A shipment of children food and milk was also presented to the hospital, which is the only one ...  >>MORE

RCA distributes food in Iraq orphanages

Posted on 18/05/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Authority, RCA yesterday distributed food items and children's milk to a number of orphanages and need people in Baghdad. Members of the RCA delegation also paid a visit to the Palestinians living in Hifa Club camp after they were driven out of their residents following the downfall of the former Iraqi government. The RCA pledged to render all possible assistance to the Palestinian refugees and their camp will be provided with a power generator and air conditions in the ...  >>MORE

UAE humanitarian assistance to Iraqi people will continue: Sheikha Fatima

Posted on 18/05/2003

Cairo - H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's wife and President of the UAE General Women's Union, GWU, said the UAE humanitarian assistance to the brotherly Iraqi people will continue and that there was a lot to be done in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who always endeavours to bring together the Arab rank and extend assistance to all sister countries at all times, particularly in times of crisis. In an interview to the Egyptian "Roze ...  >>MORE

Iraqis set up Dh367m offshore venture in JAFZ

Posted on 18/05/2003

A group of 100 Iraqi businessmen has set up a new offshore company at Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) with a view to taking up reconstruction projects in their home country in the aftermath of the war. Group representatives yesterday held a meeting with General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister. Sheikh Mohammed has extended the Dubai government's support for the new venture. They have already held a series of meetings with officials. The new ...  >>MORE

RCS helps stranded Palestinian families in Iraq

Posted on 17/05/2003

UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has extended US Dollar 125,000 in medical aid to stranded Palestinian families evicted from their homes in the Iraqi capital. An RCS delegation, presently in Baghdad, today visited the Haifa Health club's camp, where over 175 Palestinian families are taking refuge after being expelled from homes once rented to them by the overthrown Iraqi government. " The condition of the camp is extremely bad and is not originally set for living purposes," Saeed Al Mansouri, an ...  >>MORE

UAE offers urgent humanitarian aid to Iraqi needy sectors

Posted on 17/05/2003

The UAE yesterday began extending urgent humanitarian assistance to Iraqis with special needs. In response to instructions by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Her highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife and Chairwoman of the UAE General Women's Union, GWU, and the follow up of Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Armed Forces Chief of Staff, the Emirates Taskforce for Reconstruction of Iraq set up yesterday field teams to assess the urgent ...  >>MORE

RCS delivers medicines to Iraqi hospitals

Posted on 17/05/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) today delivered a consignment of drugs and medical equipment to Al Nafees cardiac disease hospital in the Iraqi capital. "The consignment is the first batch of aid scheduled for the hospital and in execution of directives of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to fully equip hospitals in Iraq with medicines and all other health materials," Saeed Al Mansouri, member of the RCS crew in Baghdad said. Mansouri noted that his team also provided drugs ...  >>MORE

50 air-conditioners donated to Iraqi orphanages by RCA

Posted on 15/05/2003

The campaign launched by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) to reach out to the Iraqi people to help alleviate their sufferings continues in various forms and throughout the country. An RCA delegation, including Saeed bin Khadem Al Mansouri and Adnan Ateeq Al Shihhi, has presented 50 air-conditioners to a number of centres for the handicapped and orphanages in various parts of Baghdad, with each centre receiving 10 air-conditioners. The RCA delegation, which conducted the two-day distribution ...  >>MORE

First group of Iraqi patients arrive in UAE for treatment

Posted on 14/05/2003

In line with the instructions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first batch of Iraqi patients yesterday arrived in the country for treatment in the UAE hospitals. The group, which consists of a woman and three men, suffering from different illnesses and casualties, is the first batch of a humanitarian airlift ordered by Sheikh Zayed as an assistance for the Iraqi people. The patients to be treated in Zayed's Military Hospital were received by Ahmed Al Rumaithy, the ...  >>MORE

UAE launches air bridge for injured Iraqis

Posted on 14/05/2003

A UAE Air Force jet flew into Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen military airport yesterday with four wounded Iraqis at the start of an air bridge ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to bring injured Iraqis for treatment. The aircraft landed at around 4:30pm carrying three men and a woman wounded during the U.S.-led offensive that toppled President Saddam Hussain last month and damaged hospitals and other infrastructure in Iraq. Another four were expected to be flown in today ...  >>MORE

Baghdad's Zayed Hospital a boon for war victims

Posted on 14/05/2003

The Zayed Hospital, which was opened here on May 6 has proved to be a boon for the people of this war-torn country where medical infrastructure has been completely destroyed. The hospital is located in the Olympic Hospital building, once owned by Uday, son of former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussain. Yousuf Mohammed Al Harmoudy, Director of the hospital, said the Iraqis have suffered greatly from the international sanctions imposed on their country and they are badly in need of help. ...  >>MORE

RCS continues relief work in Iraqi cities

Posted on 14/05/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society has continued its relief work in many Iraqi cities. RCS team continued the distribution of medical and food supplies in many residential areas in Baghdad and Mosul, in the presence of tribal dignitaries, said Salim Ali Salim, Head of the RCS fifth delegation in Mosul. He said two relief aircrafts landed in the city and that two more plans were expected to airlift supplies to the city within the next couple of days. He added that a delegation has just returned to ...  >>MORE

Second UAE relief plane arrives in Mosul

Posted on 14/05/2003

The second UAE relief plane has arrived in Mosul yesterday as part of the UAE Red Crescent Society's humanitarian programme aimed at meeting the needs of the Iraqi people. On arrival, the plane was received by the UAE RCS team, who is currently in Mosul. The plane was carrying large quantities of children's food stuff, while the first plane, which arrived yesterday in Mosul was carrying large quantities of medicines and medical supplies. The UAE RCS airlift campaign will continue to Mosul over ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima orders equipment of orphanages, centre in Iraq

Posted on 12/05/2003

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Wife of the President and Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union (GWU), has undertaken to fully equip five orphanages, a centre for the disabled and a psychiatric hospital in Baghdad. Sheikha Fatima has also directed the Red Crescent Society (RCS) to promptly start carrying out these tasks and provide the necessary equipment. RCS' Secretary General Sana'a Darwish Al Ketbi said Sheikha Fatima had been following with concern the humanitarian ...  >>MORE

UAE relief plane leaves for Iraq

Posted on 12/05/2003

A UAE plane carrying large quantities of medicines and medical supplies will leave for the Iraqi town of Mosul today. Salem Ali Al Ghafli, Head of the fifth team of the Red Crescent Society, RCS, said that the plane was the first of four that would reach Mosul airport over the next week to meet the relief needs of the Iraqi people. He said that Dh4 million had been allocated to provide medicines and other supplies to the residents of Mosul and its neighbourhood. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed visits Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad

Posted on 11/05/2003

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Armed Forces Chief of Staff, yesterday visited Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad and reviewed the services provided by the hospital to the Iraqi people. Accompanied by a number of UAE military officers, Sheikh Mohammed met a number of patients who lauded the generosity of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for securing health services for the Iraqi people. Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed future expansion plans of the hospital which had ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad continues to receive patients

Posted on 09/05/2003

The newly opened Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad has continued to receive patients from different walks of life, receiving over 2,500 cases since it was opened three days ago. Most of the patients who flocked to the hospital from different Iraqi provinces such as Mousel, Karbala, Najaf and other areas were suffering from cases related to mal-nutrition. Most of these cases were reported among children and the elderly. The hospital also received emergency cases in addition to at least two cases ...  >>MORE

Dubai to play a vital role in Iraq

Posted on 07/05/2003

Dubai is strategically placed to play a vital role in the reconstruction of Iraq, according to Abdul Rahman Al Mutaiwee, director-general of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "Dubai has the capability and experience necessary to take a leading part in the rebuilding of Iraq. We expect to see a big increase in exports and re-exports as reconstruction gathers pace," he said, after opening the eighth Automotive Aftermarket Middle East exhibition at the Dubai International Exhibition ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Charity operating three hospitals in Iraq

Posted on 07/05/2003

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation yesterday said that it had earmarked Dh50 million for meeting the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people. Speaking at a press conference, Ibrahim Bulmelha, the Foundation's Deputy Chairman, said that General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Defence Minister and Patron of the Foundation, had also pledged to provide any additional needed funds for the assistance of the fraternal Iraqi people. ...  >>MORE

Red Crescent helps stranded Iraqis

Posted on 06/05/2003

Stranded Iraqis are desperately looking for help to get back home as their money is fast running out. The UAE Red Crescent Authority has stepped in to help by erecting tents and providing food to the hundreds of Iraqis. At the same time, it has been hard at work to find a way to get them back to their country. They have been stranded in Dubai for more than 10 days after their ferry service was unable to sail to Umm Qasr. The Anglo-American forces denied them permission to dock claiming the ...  >>MORE

RCS delivers six ambulance vehicles to Iraq

Posted on 01/05/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society yesterday delivered six ambulance vehicles to the Iraqi Red Crescent Society. The vehicles, equipped with necessary medical facilities, constitute the first batch of a total ten vehicles to be delivered to the Iraqi RCS in accordance with the orders of H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The remaining four vehicles will be delivered soon and will be distributed to other hospitals in Iraq. "The UAE , through its RCS, has steadfastly stood by side of the ...  >>MORE

UAE relief ship arrives at Umm Qasr

Posted on 30/04/2003

The Umm Qasr-based UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) office received yesterday a shipment of food from the UAE to be distributed to the Iraqi people. The food shipment is part of the RCA humanitarian campaign launched to help alleviate the suffering of Iraqi people under the instructions of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The assistance included 700 tons of food, ten ambulances, medicines and medical equipment, donated by the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed. It ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Charitable Foundation delegation leaves for Baghdad

Posted on 29/04/2003

A delegation from the Mohammed bin Rashid Charitable Foundation left yesterday for Baghdad in an eight-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people. Led by Abdul Rahman bin Sabieh, Head of the International Relief Committee, the delegation will also evaluate progress in the humanitarian projects that were started by the foundation earlier in Basra, Kirkuk Mousal and other cities, said Ibrahim Bu Melha, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Bu Melha extended thanks to ...  >>MORE

U.S. to keep using Gulf bases; Khalifa, Mohammed hold talks with Rumsfeld

Posted on 28/04/2003

The United States wants to keep using military bases in friendly Gulf countries, including a high-tech command centre in Qatar where planners directed the war in Iraq, U.S. officials said yesterday. Officials are considering moving the air operations centre at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. One possibility is a shift to the Qatar base, Camp As Sayliyah. Meanwhile, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed ...  >>MORE

UAE RCS fund-raising campaign for Iraqi people shows excellent response

Posted on 28/04/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, fund-raising campaign for the war-ravaged people of Iraq witnesses favourable reaction from the UAE citizens, resident expatriates, establishments and civil society institutions. The campaign, which entered its second month was able to pile up support to the RCS' Iraq campaign, which calls for the help of the Iraqi people, who are facing death from epidemics and because of lack of food and medicines. Abu Dhabi has witnessed several initiatives presented and ...  >>MORE

UNDP experts start work to restore Iraq power system

Posted on 28/04/2003

Staff engineers and other UNDP technical experts have begun working in Iraq to assess the status of electric power supplies in the north and to prepare for the emergency dredging of the port of Umm Qasr, an essential requirement for the delivery of large-scale humanitarian aid to the war-torn country, according to a Press communiqué from UNDP's office in Abu Dhabi, according to the "Khaleej Times.” In Iraqi town of Erbil, four UNDP specialists in electric power network re-entered the country on ...  >>MORE

RCS-constructed Water pump goes operational in Basra

Posted on 27/04/2003

Constructed under the orders of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first water purification pump in Basra went operational in Basra yesterday. The pump which will provide 250 ,000 gpd of clean-drinking water to the Basra population of about two million, was erected within 36 hours. It has been designated as +Sheikh Zayed Project No. 1+. Another water pump, to be designated as +Sheikh Zayed Project No. 2+, will be constructed in Umm Qasar and will serve the entire population of ...  >>MORE

Second shipload of aid sails to Iraq

Posted on 26/04/2003

A shipload of relief aid left last night for Um Qasr port in Iraq as part of an assistance campaign launched by the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) on the directives of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The ship, the second in a row, carries 700 tonnes of foodstuff, 10 ambulance vans, medical materials, drugs, 3 tank trucks and a truck at the expense of Sheikh Zayed, according to Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi, RCS Board Chairman. " The consignment is the second of its kind shipped by ...  >>MORE

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Sheikh Hamdan meets Mosul Governor


Ex-Iraqi minister praises Zayed's assistance to the Iraqi people


RCA to complete mosque in Mosul


UAE, UNICEF hold talks on projects to aid Iraqi children


Stranded Iraqis finally head home


UAE has done its utmost to alleviate war miseries in Iraq: Sheikh Hamdan


RCS sends third shipment of aid to Iraq


UAE for speedy formation of Iraq govt


UAE and Italy to boost co-operation on Iraq


UAE humanitarian aid reaches northern Iraq


Another batch of wounded Iraqis arrived in UAE for treatment


UAE mission in Iraq facilitating delivery of relief assistance


UAE humanitarian caravan leaves for Iraq


RCS offers more assistance to Iraqi hospitals


RCA distributes food in Iraq orphanages


UAE humanitarian assistance to Iraqi people will continue: Sheikha Fatima


Iraqis set up Dh367m offshore venture in JAFZ


RCS helps stranded Palestinian families in Iraq


UAE offers urgent humanitarian aid to Iraqi needy sectors


RCS delivers medicines to Iraqi hospitals


50 air-conditioners donated to Iraqi orphanages by RCA


First group of Iraqi patients arrive in UAE for treatment


UAE launches air bridge for injured Iraqis


Baghdad's Zayed Hospital a boon for war victims


RCS continues relief work in Iraqi cities


Second UAE relief plane arrives in Mosul


Sheikha Fatima orders equipment of orphanages, centre in Iraq


UAE relief plane leaves for Iraq


Sheikh Mohammed visits Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad


Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Baghdad continues to receive patients


Dubai to play a vital role in Iraq


Mohammed bin Rashid Charity operating three hospitals in Iraq


Red Crescent helps stranded Iraqis


RCS delivers six ambulance vehicles to Iraq


UAE relief ship arrives at Umm Qasr


Mohammed bin Rashid Charitable Foundation delegation leaves for Baghdad


U.S. to keep using Gulf bases; Khalifa, Mohammed hold talks with Rumsfeld


UAE RCS fund-raising campaign for Iraqi people shows excellent response


UNDP experts start work to restore Iraq power system


RCS-constructed Water pump goes operational in Basra


Second shipload of aid sails to Iraq