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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - LEBANON

Mohammed bin Rashid Humanitarian Foundation active in Lebanon

Posted on 24/07/2006

A delegation from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Foundation is assessing the basic humanitarian and medical needs of Lebanese refugees who have been displaced by the ongoing aggression on their country The mission of the delegation which is headed by the Foundation's Deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees Ibrahim Bumelha and includes a number of volunteers is distributing relief medical and food packages to the refugees in different Lebanese Areas. Bumalha said these ...  >>MORE

UAE urges UN to put an end to Israeli offensive on Lebanon

Posted on 23/07/2006

New York - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has appealed to the UN Security Council for intervention to put an end to the incessant Israeli offensive on Lebanese and Palestinian peoples. It has also called on the UN to mobilise and coordinate urgent humanitarian aid to help alleviate their sufferings. The appeal was voiced by Mohammed Manie' Al Otaiba, acting charge d'Affaires of the UAE's mission to the UN, in a statement to the Security Council's monthly meeting held here Friday to discuss ...  >>MORE

Stop the war now: French Defence Minister

Posted on 23/07/2006

The visiting French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said here today that her country and the UAE had common stance on the current crises around the world. Speaking at a press conference at the Emirates Palace hotel here today, the Minister said her talks here had centred on enhancing friendship ties with the UAE. "Our two countries have a common stance on the painful events - including military crises - taking place in many parts of the world," she said. She said her talks with HH ...  >>MORE

RCS continues aid campaign in Lebanon

Posted on 23/07/2006

Beirut - The UAE Red Crescent Society "RCS" yesterday continued distribution of relief supplies among displaced Lebanese at different make shift camps in the capital, Beirut. "RCS team has braved danger to reach the displaced and provide them with basic needs," said RCS Representative in Lebanon, Sultan Al Shamsi. "We are running against time to meet the needs of the displaced who took shelter in schools and public utilities," he said. Al Shamsi described the conditions at the make-shift ...  >>MORE

MoH dispatches medical relief aid to Lebanon

Posted on 23/07/2006

The Ministry of Health has dispatched medical relief air-cargo to Lebanon as part of the ongoing relief campaign launched by the UAE in support of the Lebanese people who live under very tragic conditions due to the Israeli aggression. The cargo includes 4 portable electro-cardiographs- ECG, 4 portable cardiac resuscitation equipment, 24000 baby milk cans and 6500 basic-meal cans. Minister of Health Humaid Obaid Al Qutami reiterated the UAE's commitment to help and support Lebanese brothers. ...  >>MORE

Khalifa, Chirac call for immediate ceasefire in Lebanon

Posted on 22/07/2006

Paris - Visiting UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and French President Jacques Chirac called yesterday on the international community to step up efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon and ensure safe delivery of relief and medical supplies to the Lebanese people. Sheikh Khalifa and his host President Chirac made the appeal during talks held yesterday at the Elysee Palace to discuss the current regional events. The two leaders reviewed the deteriorating and ...  >>MORE

UAE, France pledge to back global drive on Lebanon: Elysee

Posted on 22/07/2006

Paris - The UAE and France have shown firm desire to pool international efforts seeking to reach a ceasefire in Lebanon and ensure that the current situation in the region will not drift to a deadlock, a French presidential spokesman said. 'The UAE and France share identical views on the situation in Lebanon and voice deep concern over the continuous military escalation and logic of aggression and oppression and the fall of civilian victims, destruction of infrastructure and threat to ...  >>MORE

RCS extends humanitarian aid to displaced Lebanese

Posted on 22/07/2006

'The UAE Red Crescent Society "RCS" has delivered big quantities of foodstuffs and relief materials to thousands of Lebanese families that had fled the Northern Province following the Israeli attacks on Lebanon. The aid programme is being supervised by RCS Beirut office in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Lebanon and the Lebanese Red Cross Society. RCS Deputy Secretary General for Relief and Projects, Saleh Al Mulla, said the programme had been launched at the instructions of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Media Corp. launches Damascus flight to evacuate UAE nationals from Lebanon

Posted on 22/07/2006

A number of UAE nationals have arrived from Damascus, Syria onboard a special flight launched by Dubai Media Corporation to carry UAE nationals whose holidays in Lebanon were cut short by Israeli ongoing raids on Lebanese cities and towns. The 191 returning nationals, including Dubai Media Corp.'s employees and their families, have arrived early this morning in Dubai Airport to feel safe at last after having to cross territories which was targeted by Israeli bombs and rockets. In ...  >>MORE

Lebanese Health Minister lauds UAE Support

Posted on 22/07/2006

Beirut - Lebanese Health Minister, Dr. Mohammed Jawad Khalifa, lauded the UAE's successive supply of aid to Lebanon. Today, an aid consignment of 37 tonnes was delivered to the Lebanese Ministry of Health which began to distribute it to the displaced families. "Such gestures are typical of the UAE which has always been supportive of Lebanon," the Minister said. He expressed gratitude to President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Khalifa receives message from Lebanese PM

Posted on 21/07/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received on Wednesday a written message from Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora dealing with the tragic situation in Lebanon due to the Israeli aggression which is in particular targeting civilians and Lebanon's infrastructure. Seniora expressed deep appreciation of the Lebanese Government to United Arab Emirates and its ongoing support to his country and Government in all areas and for dispatching immediate humanitarian relief support to ...  >>MORE

UAE relief for Lebanon

Posted on 21/07/2006

The UAE Red Crescent Society has set up donation centres across the country where people can leave goods to be sent to Lebanon. Cash, dry food, medicines and medical equipment are being collected and will be taken to Lebanon to be distributed through Red Crescent and Red Cross societies. Mamzar Khader, General Co-ordinator for a special campaign run by Al Aqariyah TV and the Red Crescent, said: "We are in the fourth day of the campaign and have so far received Dh10 million worth of aid in cash ...  >>MORE

UNICEF and WHO seriously concerned about civilians in Palestine and Lebanon

Posted on 21/07/2006

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed serious concern about civilian casualties and new risks to health from escalating violence in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian Territories. In a statement, the two international organizations said civilian deaths include dozens of children, with many more injured. "The psychological impact is serious, as people, including children have witnessed the death or injury of loved ones and destruction of their homes and ...  >>MORE

UAE ambulances arrive Damascus en route to Lebanon

Posted on 18/07/2006

Damascus - A UAE freight plane carrying 15 fully-equipped ambulances landed yesterday at Damascus International Airport as part of medical assistance pledged by the UAE to Lebanon. The 15 ambulances constituted the first batch of 24 medical vans ordered by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as part of efforts to help offer medical aid to the Lebanese wounded and injured as a result of Israel's continued aggression against Lebanon. The remaining 9 ambulances will be dispatched ...  >>MORE

UAE to offer medical assistance to Lebanon

Posted on 18/07/2006

The Health Ministry has commenced arrangements necessary to secure medical requirements to Lebanon which is now facing Israeli aggressions. The ministry move is in implementation of instructions by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to offer urgent medical assistance to Lebanon. Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami disclosed that he reviewed in a telephone conversation with his ...  >>MORE

Khalifa orders US$20 million for Lebanon

Posted on 18/07/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered that US$20 million be earmarked to secure medical supplies and urgent relief materials for the Lebanese people. The donation is set to help alleviate the sufferings of the Lebanese people who are encountering days of Israeli aggressions. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Al Shaali summons envoys of Security Council Permanent Members, Germany & Japan

Posted on 18/07/2006

Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, yesterday summoned ambassadors of the UN Security Council's permanent members and those of Germany and Japan to express the UAE's concern at the escalation of events in Lebanon and Gaza. Al Shaali reiterated the message embodied in the Council of Ministers' statement which expressed the UAE's grave concern over the Israeli atrocities against Lebanon. These atrocities, the statement said, were resulting in losses of innocent ...  >>MORE

UAE, Egypt affirm support to Lebanon

Posted on 17/07/2006

Cairo - President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his host President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak held talks here on Sunday. The talks were dominated by the current developments in Lebanon in view of the escalating Israeli aggression against Lebanon, which is targeting civilian installations, the civil population and the country's infrastructure. Other issues on the agenda included Palestine, Iraq in addition to bilateral relations between the two countries. At the end of the talks ...  >>MORE

Khalifa exempts Lebanese of overstay fines

Posted on 17/07/2006

In a gesture of sympathy with the Lebanese people, President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered extension of validity of visit visas of Lebanese currently visiting the UAE and exemption of those on residence visa from overstay fines. HH yesterday directed Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, to adopt the necessary measures to ensure that Lebanese resident in the UAE are exempted from delay fines and that those on visitor's visas have their visas ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid inquires about stranded citizens

Posted on 17/07/2006

Damascus - HH President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered that all efforts be geared to ensure the safe return home of UAE Nationals who had fled Lebanon to Damascus following the escalation of tension in the Lebanese capital. Sheikh Mohammed today made a telephone call to the UAE Embassy here to ensure that the repatriation process was progressing without hindrance. He urged the Embassy staff to extend all facilities to ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for end of Israeli assault

Posted on 16/07/2006

The UAE has called for a swift and effective move by the UN Security Council and international community, particularly big nations, to put an immediate end to the Israeli aggression on Lebanon. In its weekly meeting held on Saturday morning under the presidency of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, the cabinet reiterated the UAE's full solidarity with ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israeli aggression against Lebanon

Posted on 15/07/2006

President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received in Abu Dhabi yesterday Saad Al Hariri, Leader of Al Mustaqbal parliamentary caucus in Lebanon. Al Hariri who is in the UAE as part of a tour in the region, briefed Sheikh Khalifa on the current developments in Lebanon, in view of the increasing Israeli aggression against Lebanon. During the meeting, President Sheikh Khalifa voiced the continued support and solidarity of the UAE people and government to Lebanon during this critical ...  >>MORE

Etihad brings home 520 nationals

Posted on 15/07/2006

Etihad Airways, the national airliner of the UAE, today brought home from Damascus 520 UAE nationals who had fled to the Syrian capital from Beirut following the growing tension there. The Abu Dhabi-based Airliner announced that four flights will be operated tomorrow to help repatriate the stranded UAE citizens. "In response to the directives of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of ...  >>MORE

Two UAE air carriers suspend flight to Beirut

Posted on 14/07/2006

The closure of Beirut International Airport until further notice has sparked two key UAE airliners to suspend their flights between Dubai, Sharjah and the Lebanese capital Beirut for Thursday and Friday. An Emirates Airlines spokesperson announced Thursday that three flights (two for today and one for tomorrow) between Dubai and Beirut were cancelled. He cited the closure of Beirut Airport and the current situation in Lebanon in general as reasons behind the flight cancellations. 'The ...  >>MORE

Emarati families leave Lebanon

Posted on 14/07/2006

Beirut - Families from the UAE have started to leave Lebanon, via Damascus airport, following the heavy shelling that continued for the past 24 hours. The transfer of Emaratis in Lebanon was made under the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces The ...  >>MORE

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