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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - IRAQ

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

UAE forms panel to deal with Iraq on economy

Posted on 26/04/2003

A committee to define the economic means to deal with Iraq at this unclear stage was formed by the UAE Cabinet, said Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy and Commerce. The committee has not yet met but its tasks are being outlined by a smaller technical subcommittee, said a report in Al Khaleej. The committee is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and includes the Minister of Economy and Commerce and the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Sheikh Fahim said ...  >>MORE

Basra receives UAE water filters

Posted on 24/04/2003

Basra yesterday received filter pumps for purification of drinking water, which were ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) will coordinate with the Iraqi authorities concerned to set up the pumps at Shatt Al Arab. The capacity of the pumps is 250,000 gallons per day, which will serve requirements of about 300 persons. A RCA delegation started supplying hospitals with urgent medicines. The delegation yesterday handed over to ...  >>MORE

'Iraq needs your help' campaign launched

Posted on 24/04/2003

In a bid to involve the general public in its ongoing fund-raising efforts for the rehabilitation of the war-ravaged people of Iraq, the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, in collaboration with Albawardi Enterprises, AE, launched yesterday the 'Iraq Needs Your Help' initiative at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, according to a report published today in the Khaleej Times. The three-day campaign is inviting people to contribute generously to the humanitarian cause in Iraq, where four million children ...  >>MORE

No assets of former Iraqi government in UAE: Al Suweidi

Posted on 23/04/2003

UAE Central Bank Governor Sultan bin Nasser Al Suweidi has said that there were no assets of the former Iraqi government, or of any individuals or companies belonging to that government in any bank in the UAE. In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the on-going annual meeting of the Arab financial Institutions, Al Suweidi said that Iraq's Al Rafidain Bank in the country would be placed under the legal trusteeship of the UAE Central Bank, which will supervise the former's accounts and ...  >>MORE

Zayed orders potable water to Basra residents

Posted on 22/04/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday ordered that potable water be provided with utmost urgency to Basra residents. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's Office, said that the President had instructed His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to take quick action towards building of a desalination plant with a capacity of 250,000 gallons a day at ...  >>MORE

UAE eyes air freight to Iraq

Posted on 22/04/2003

UAE-based construction material supply firms, food exporters, charity organisations, airlines and cargo operators expressed readiness yesterday to ship by air badly needed supplies to Iraq within the week, if need be. "We are closely monitoring the situation, and will initiate air shipments as soon as we are allowed to," they said. Airport officials added they would support such humanitarian services to the best of their abilities, and in whatever way possible. The officials were reacting to ...  >>MORE

Dubai to play key role in Iraq rebuilding

Posted on 22/04/2003

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American agency that awards deals for the reconstruction of Iraq, has picked Dubai as one of the three centres that will be used to provide logistics support to the post-Saddam rebuilding effort in the war-ravaged country. Part of an upcoming deal which, according to USAID sources, has not yet been awarded, the decision promises to open up huge opportunities for Dubai-based businesses. Once awarded, the winner of the USAID ...  >>MORE

Committee to protect Iraq heritage planned

Posted on 22/04/2003

The International Council on Archives (ICA) has decided to set up a special committee to be based in Abu Dhabi to protect Iraq's historical manuscripts and documents and protect the country's, in the wake of massive destruction caused by the ongoing war to Iraqi national archives, a senior official said here yesterday. Dr Abdullah M. Al Reyes, Director General of the Centre for Documentation and Research of the President Court's and president of the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Regional Branch of the ...  >>MORE

UAE to fully equip six Iraqi hospitals

Posted on 21/04/2003

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday ordered that full medical equipment and supplies be provided for six Iraqi hospitals at his own expense. Sheikh Zayed also instructed 12 ambulances as well as vaccinations of black fever and testing equipment for malaria and cholera to be extended to Iraqi hospitals. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Red Crescent Society, RCS, said that the President had instructed the RCS to ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to step up services in Iraq

Posted on 21/04/2003

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) will step up its services through its service providers in Iraq following the lifting of the ban on Thuraya phones by the U.S. Central Command, Mohammad Omran told Gulf News yesterday. "There is an urgent need for basic telecom services in Iraq and our objective is to fulfil that need. Thuraya is setting up a network of distributors in Iraq," he said. Thuraya has already signed two agreements with its service providers to provide telecom ...  >>MORE

RCS distributes water and medicines in Basra

Posted on 20/04/2003

Basra - The delegation of the Red Crescent Society, RCS, today provided drinking water and medicine to the Tahrir Hospital and distributed foodstuff to families in various suburbs in Umm Al Qasr. Dr. Ali Abdulnebi, Director of Al Tahrir Hospital, said that the hospital suffered from a severe shortage of oxygen and other medical services. He expressed his thanks to President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, saying that Sheikh Zayed was always by the side of the Iraqi people. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

RCS tours Iraqi towns

Posted on 19/04/2003

Basra - An UAE Red Crescent Society's (RCS') delegation today visited Al Amara city and toured its Teaching hospital, Al Zahrawi hospital and the Iraqi Red Crescent branch in the city. The delegation also toured Al Qarnah and Al Azir towns with the purpose of appraising the requirements of these areas for drugs and foodstuff. The dwellers of the toured areas were full of praise for the charitable gesture of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi TV shows Saddam Hussein's images taken on April 9

Posted on 19/04/2003

Abu Dhabi Satellite Television today showed images of Saddam Hussein, said to have been shot on April 9, the day Baghdad fell to American forces. In the images, Saddam Hussein appeared touring Al Azamiya residential area in Baghdad, surrounded by hundreds of his supporters. His youngest son, Qusay was also seen alongside him. The channel also broadcasted an address by the former President that was supposed to have been delivered on the same day. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE Red Crescent distributes relief goods in Basra

Posted on 18/04/2003

An UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) delegation yesterday visited the Basra Paediatric Hospital and distributed mineral water, food and medicines among patients. The delegation studied with the plight of Iraqi children as a result of the recent events. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Aidani, Director of the hospital, said an agreement was reached with the RCA to provide the hospital with essential items. "We are facing some difficulties in treating various cases, particularly because of power cut, ...  >>MORE

RCS continues humanitarian mission in Iraq

Posted on 17/04/2003

Basra - The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has continued its humanitarian mission here in the city of Basra. As part of the sustained efforts to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population, RCS officials today visited Basra teaching hospital where they distributed water, food items and medicines to children. They also met large numbers of Basra citizens who explained the appalling conditions which they are currently facing. The Basra citizens expressed their appreciation to the utmost ...  >>MORE

RCS makes a tour of Iraqi hospitals

Posted on 15/04/2003

Basra - A delegation of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday made a tour of a number of hospitals in Basra to ascertain their immediate needs. The tour covered the Republican Hospital and the Educational Hospital in Basra as well as the Iraqi Red Crescent Society. Dr. Mustafa Ali, Director of the Republican Hospital, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the RCS and the UAE people for providing assistance to the people of Basra. ...  >>MORE

Iraqis face a humanitarian disaster: Saif bin Zayed

Posted on 15/04/2003

Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior yesterday expressed his hope for a speedy end to the current plight of the Iraqi people who, he said, are facing a humanitarian disaster. +What the Iraqi people are going through currently is a humanitarian disaster in every sense of the word. It would undoubtedly have far-reaching consequences on the world in general and the Arab region in particular+ said Sheikh Saif in an interview carried in the first ...  >>MORE

Zayed affirms UAE's solidarity with the Iraqi people

Posted on 15/04/2003

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday affirmed the solidarity of the UAE with the brotherly people of Iraq in the face of its plight. Sheikh Zayed also re-iterated that the UAE would stand by the Iraqi people and extend its support to the Iraqi people in their efforts aimed at rebuilding their state and regaining control of their country, its capabilities, wealth and all its affairs. Sheikh Zayed ordered relevant governmental and domestic authorities to redouble their ...  >>MORE

RCS provides relief supplies to Iraqi towns and villages

Posted on 14/04/2003

A convoy of vehicles loaded with relief supplies sent by the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday reached Al Faw and provided much needed water and other relief supplies to the Iraqi people. This was the fifth of a series of relief campaigns organised by the RCS for Iraq on the instructions of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign affairs and Society's Chairman. The Society's convoy also provided water and supplies to the villages on the way to Al Faw and extended ...  >>MORE

UAE offers to treat Iraqi war victims

Posted on 13/04/2003

The UAE yesterday offered to provide free medical treatment to injured Iraqis to ease pressure on the country's hospitals which are suffering from a severe shortage of medicines and equipment. The offer was announced by the Abu Dhabi General Authority for Health Services (GAHS) which said the treatment would be provided through the UAE Red Crescent Authority. Speaking on the sidelines of the First Emirates International Disasters and Trauma Congress, Mohammed Butti Al Qubaisi, Director of ...  >>MORE

First UAE relief ship arrives at Umm Qasr

Posted on 12/04/2003

A UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) delegation headed by Salim Ali Salim Al Ghafli toured the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr and nearby areas yesterday to discuss ways of distributing relief supplies and medicines, even as the first UAE relief ship arrived at the port to deliver aid to the Iraqi people. The delegation was in talks with other humanitarian organisations and international charities on cooperation regarding the aid distribution. The supply of relief materials is in line with the directives ...  >>MORE

RCS dispatches shipload of relief supplies to Iraq

Posted on 10/04/2003

A shipload of relief supplies left Dubai's Port Rashid last night for Umm Qasr Port in Iraq to deliver relief assistance from the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, to the Iraqi people to help alleviate their sufferings in their present predicament. The relief assistance include 1000 tonnes of food items made up of 20,000 food parcels and 80 tonnes of dates, in addition to five water tankers, each carrying 5,000 gallons of water and four articulator trucks. The ship is being accompanied by an RCS ...  >>MORE

Information Minister condoles Jordanian counterpart

Posted on 10/04/2003

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, yesterday sent a cable of condolence to his Jordanian counterpart Dr Mohammed Al Odwan on the sad demise of Tariq Ayoub, Al Jazeera T.V channel correspondent, who was killed while covering war events in Iraq on Tuesday. Sheikh Abdullah also sent similar cables to Al Jazeera Director General in Doha Mohammed Jassem Al Ali, Ibrahim Nafi', head of Arab Journalists Syndicate and the deceased's widow and family. " We were ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima urges ICRC to rescue Abu Dhabi TV journalists

Posted on 10/04/2003

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife and President of the UAE General Women's Union, GWU, has appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC and the Red Crescent societies, RCS, and all international organisations to intervene to rescue the journalists and media men who are held up in the office of Abu Dhabi Satellite TV channel in Baghdad, who are at present experiencing difficult circumstances, following two days of complete blockade. Sheikha Fatima, who ...  >>MORE

Arab Information Ministers express concern over safety of Abu Dhabi TV media men

Posted on 09/04/2003

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information Culture received here yesterday telephone calls from a number of Arab Information Ministers, who called to share their concerns over the safety of the beleaguered media men of the Abu Dhabi television channel in Baghdad. Sheikh Abdullah received calls from Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad of Kuwait, Nabil Yaqcoub Al Homur of Bahrain, Ghazi Al Aridhi of Lebanon and Sheikh Hamad bin Thamir, Chairman of the of Board of Directors of the Radio and ...  >>MORE

Correspondent was on air when Abu Dhabi TV office in Baghdad was bombed

Posted on 09/04/2003

The Abu Dhabi Satellite TV channel announced that its office in Baghdad was a target of bombardment yesterday. At the time of the shelling, Abu Dhabi channel was telecasting a report by its correspondent in Baghdad, who was outside the office which came under bombardment. He was asked to head for the channel premises in the Iraqi capital to be reassured of the condition of the staff members. The correspondent of the Abu Dhabi TV channel in Washington said that he made contacts with the US ...  >>MORE

RCS appeals to ICRC to rescue Abu Dhabi TV team in Baghdad

Posted on 09/04/2003

The Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday appealed to the International Committee of the Red Crescent, ICRC, to quickly intervene to rescue journalists of Abu Dhabi TV and Al Jazeera who are currently held up in Baghdad as a result of the military operations. In a telephone call to the ICRC General Commissioner in the Gulf Region, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and RCS Chairman, urged him to take urgent action to guarantee the safety of the media men and ...  >>MORE

Journalists Association condemns attacks on journalists in Baghdad

Posted on 09/04/2003

The UAE Journalists Association, JA, yesterday condemned the targeting of Arab and foreign journalists covering the war in Iraq. In a statement issued in Abu Dhabi yesterday, the association specifically condemned the attack on the Abu Dhabi television and paid tribute to the role played by the channel in conveying the realities of the war on the ground. The statement also hailed the role of other media organisations in Iraq. It also paid tribute to Tariq Ayyoub, the Al Jazeera correspondent ...  >>MORE

Arab journalists unions condemn attacks on journalists in Iraq

Posted on 09/04/2003

A number of Arab journalists unions yesterday condemned the attacks on journalists covering the war in Iraq. In a statement issued today, the General Secretariat of the Federation of Arab Journalists' Unions condemned the attacks by US warplanes on the offices of the Abu Dhabi and Al Jazeera television channels in Baghdad. The statement also condemned the attack on Palestine Hotel where Arab and foreign journalists are lodging. The General Secretariat said the attacks were deliberate and aimed ...  >>MORE

British Journalists condemn the hitting of Abu Dhabi TV office in Baghdad

Posted on 09/04/2003

The Union of British Journalists, UBJ, yesterday condemned the strike against the Abu Dhabi TV office in Baghdad. In a statement issued here, the UBJ urged the U.S. and British governments to be careful about putting the life of Journalists and civilians in danger during the war on Iraq. It also demanded necessary protection to be given to Journalists working in war zones. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Drive to raise aid for Iraqis

Posted on 09/04/2003

The French School and Lycee Louis Massignon is running a weeklong campaign to collect funds and relief items for Iraqi children. The initiative will run until April 13 and targets the 1,300 students of the schools and their families. All the items - food, medicines and clothes - are collected on a daily basis by officials of the Red Crescent. At the end of the campaign, the cash collected will also be handed over to the Red Crescent. In the first two days the children collected about Dh3,000. ...  >>MORE

RCS re-affirms humanitarian support to Iraqi people

Posted on 07/04/2003

The sustained humanitarian support provided by the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) to the beleaguered people of Iraq is not just a humanitarian gesture but an obligation towards brethrens, said Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RCS. The UAE's RCS responded even before the outbreak of war. We established co-operation with the Iraqi Red Crescent and the national societies in the countries neighbouring Iraq so as to avoid deterioration of the situation, which had ...  >>MORE

Hamdan meets IRCS and ICRC delegation

Posted on 07/04/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday affirmed the need to provide urgent supplies to the Iraqi people. During a meeting with delegations that attended the sub-regional meeting of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Sheikh Hamdan said that the efforts of the UAE's RCS had contributed to easing the suffering of the Iraqi people. He also noted that the ...  >>MORE

AUD students form circle of peace to support Iraqis

Posted on 07/04/2003

More than 200 students and faculty members of the American University of Dubai (AUD) gathered yesterday within the campus to form a 'circle of peace' protesting what they described as an illegal, immoral and unjustified war against the innocent Iraqis. The students, many of whom were Iraqi nationals, took their turns to express their views on the ongoing war and also observed a minute's silence to mourn the death of the Iraqi civilians. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima donates Dh7 million for assistance of Iraqi people

Posted on 06/04/2003

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President's wife and Chairwoman of the General Women Union, yesterday donated Dh7 million to the Red Crescent Society, RCS, to support its fund-raising campaign for the Iraqi people. Sana'a Darwish Al Kutbi, Secretary General of the RCS, said that Sheikha Fatima's donation was within the framework of her continued support for the Society's charity programmes aimed at giving relief to suffering people around the world. In a statement issued on the occasion, ...  >>MORE

Pakistani community hand over relief goods to RCA

Posted on 06/04/2003

The Pakistani community in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain collected 20,000kg of aid for the Iraqis and handed it over to the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) yesterday. The items collected in the last three days included rice, sugar, salt, wheat, cooking oil, powered milk and others. During a ceremony at the Pakistani Embassy, Maroof Afzal, Community Welfare Counsellor, handed over the container of goods to Mohammed Al Hamadi, Manager of the Resource and Development Department at the RCA. Liaquat Al Rao, ...  >>MORE

Shippers hike war risk freight fees to Gulf

Posted on 03/04/2003

Major shipping lines serving the northern Gulf region have raised war risk fees by 22 per cent since war broke out in Iraq but the effect on international trade has been minimal, an industry body said yesterday. Costs have trickled down to the bottom line after leading insurers raised the cost of war cover for vessels last week. "Prices have most certainly gone up to Kuwait and destinations to Iran, but increases for the bulk of the Gulf's trade has been very small - I was really quite ...  >>MORE

Sharjah rally calls for peace in Iraq, UN intervention

Posted on 03/04/2003

Hundreds of Sharjah residents including Arab and local women and children, gathered in front of the Sharjah Family Supreme Council yesterday evening for a peace rally to show solidarity with the Iraqi people in their sufferings because of the war launched by the US-led coalition forces. The rally was organised by the Sharjah Women's Club, one of the bodies affiliated to the Family Supreme Council. More than 21 humanitarian and social bodies, including the Arab Family Organisation, Umm Al ...  >>MORE

Iraq war fails to hit watch, jewellery fair

Posted on 03/04/2003

Despite the war in Iraq, the 14th Mideast Watch and Jewellery Show at Expo Centre Sharjah has won sizeable participation from national and foreign companies and is set to feature a range of attractions and activities for visitors. "The response underlines the resilience and soundness underpinning the UAE economy," said Fasahat Ali Khan, deputy director general at the complex. To be held from April 15 to 19, the exhibition for precious jewellery and watches is set to feature over 120 exhibitors ...  >>MORE

UAE to extend visit visas of Iraqis free of charge

Posted on 03/04/2003

The UAE will extend visit visas free of charge for Iraqis which have expired, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday. The extension will be given to any type of visa, including transit visa, a source at the ministry said. He added that the special consideration is being given to those Iraqis who are also transferring their work visa. He said there are very few illegal Iraqi workers in the UAE. Earlier, Brigadier Hadher bin Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and ...  >>MORE

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Second shipload of aid sails to Iraq


UAE forms panel to deal with Iraq on economy


Basra receives UAE water filters


'Iraq needs your help' campaign launched


No assets of former Iraqi government in UAE: Al Suweidi


Zayed orders potable water to Basra residents


UAE eyes air freight to Iraq


Dubai to play key role in Iraq rebuilding


Committee to protect Iraq heritage planned


UAE to fully equip six Iraqi hospitals


Thuraya to step up services in Iraq


RCS distributes water and medicines in Basra


RCS tours Iraqi towns


Abu Dhabi TV shows Saddam Hussein's images taken on April 9


UAE Red Crescent distributes relief goods in Basra


RCS continues humanitarian mission in Iraq


RCS makes a tour of Iraqi hospitals


Iraqis face a humanitarian disaster: Saif bin Zayed


Zayed affirms UAE's solidarity with the Iraqi people


RCS provides relief supplies to Iraqi towns and villages


UAE offers to treat Iraqi war victims


First UAE relief ship arrives at Umm Qasr


RCS dispatches shipload of relief supplies to Iraq


Information Minister condoles Jordanian counterpart


Sheikha Fatima urges ICRC to rescue Abu Dhabi TV journalists


Arab Information Ministers express concern over safety of Abu Dhabi TV media men


Correspondent was on air when Abu Dhabi TV office in Baghdad was bombed


RCS appeals to ICRC to rescue Abu Dhabi TV team in Baghdad


Journalists Association condemns attacks on journalists in Baghdad


Arab journalists unions condemn attacks on journalists in Iraq


British Journalists condemn the hitting of Abu Dhabi TV office in Baghdad


Drive to raise aid for Iraqis


RCS re-affirms humanitarian support to Iraqi people


Hamdan meets IRCS and ICRC delegation


AUD students form circle of peace to support Iraqis


Sheikha Fatima donates Dh7 million for assistance of Iraqi people


Pakistani community hand over relief goods to RCA


Shippers hike war risk freight fees to Gulf


Sharjah rally calls for peace in Iraq, UN intervention


Iraq war fails to hit watch, jewellery fair


UAE to extend visit visas of Iraqis free of charge