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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - IRAQ

Students stage anti-war procession in Al Ain

Posted on 16/03/2003

Students of the UAE University (UAEU) yesterday took to the streets of Al Ain in an anti-war procession, expressing solidarity with the people of Iraq. The first anti-war protest by university students in the UAE, it started from the Islamic Institute building of the UAEU, and was organised by the Emirates National Students Union. The procession, which started at 5pm, passed through several streets and ended close to the university's football ground. The protesters were holding UAE flags, ...  >>MORE

Zayed, Cheney discuss Mideast peace plan

Posted on 15/03/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan last night received a telephone call from U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who briefed Sheikh Zayed on President George W. Bush's statement on the "roadmap" for Middle East peace. Sheikh Zayed stressed the need to implement Bush's ideas and activating the American and international role to end the Arab-Israeli conflict in accordance with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz's peace initiative in the Middle East, to put an end to ...  >>MORE

Do all to avert war Zayed urges Bush

Posted on 13/03/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan received a telephone call yesterday from U.S President George W. Bush. The two leaders conferred on the latest developments in the region in addition to the Iraqi crisis. During their conversation, Sheikh Zayed stressed the need to exert every effort to resolve the Iraqi crisis peacefully and thereby avert a possible war in the region. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti minister said yesterday that exile for Iraqi President Saddam Hussain was "the ...  >>MORE

Measures taken to safeguard civilians: Al Badi

Posted on 12/03/2003

Plans to ensure safety of civilians in the UAE at times of war and disaster have been set out, according to Interior Minister Lt. General Dr. Mohammed bin Saeed Al Badi. " The Interior Ministry has drawn up necessary plan in this respect in co-ordination with respective Ministries, departments and establishments and has already carried out a series of drills to test these plans," Al Badi said in a testimony yesterday before the Federal National Council (FNC). He said he was hopeful that the ...  >>MORE

Increase in oil production during war depends on war consequences: Al Nasiri

Posted on 11/03/2003

Vienna - Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Obeid bin Saif Al Nasiri has said that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, would discuss during its ordinary meeting here tomorrow the issue of meeting any shortfall in oil supply to the international market in case war erupt in the Gulf region. Al Nasiri, said he expects, in this case, a sharp rise in oil prices to be followed by restructuring of the prices, which would depend largely on the consequences of the war. The ...  >>MORE

RCS signs agreement with its Iraqi counterpart

Posted on 11/03/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) signed agreement in Baghdad today with its Iraqi counterpart, providing for cooperation and coordination between the two humanitarian bodies. The agreement stipulates that the UAE's RCS would reinforce the strategic reserve of its Iraqi counterpart with more relief items that are to be purchased from the Iraqi local market. The items will be distributed to the needy, including those in hospitals and orphanages, by a joint committee. The agreement was signed by ...  >>MORE

Kuwaiti House Speaker lauds Zayed's courageous stances

Posted on 10/03/2003

A senior Kuwaiti official yesterday lauded H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his frankness and courageous positions, particularly his latest initiative on Iraq. Jasim Mohammed Al Khurrafi, Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Council, said that Sheikh Zayed enjoyed a great respect among his people in the UAE and also among the peoples of the GCC states, Arab nation and the Islamic world. In a statement after attending a luncheon hosted in his honour by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ...  >>MORE

Saed briefed on French, German positions on Iraq

Posted on 10/03/2003

France and Germany briefed the UAE yesterday about their stances towards the Iraq crisis in light of the French-German initiative, which calls for enforcing the inspection mechanisms on weapons of mass destruction. The briefing was made by ambassadors Francois Gouyette of France and Alexander Muhlen of Germany at a meeting with Foreign Ministry Under Secretary Saif Saeed bin Saed. The French envoy explained the agreement between his country and Russia - both UN Security Council permanent ...  >>MORE

Insurers stop covering Iraq cargo

Posted on 09/03/2003

Leading local and International insurers in the UAE have stopped underwriting marine cargo risks on shipments headed for Iraq, according to senior industry sources. "Taking on such risks is no longer viable taking into consideration the heightened possibility of a war in Iraq, and especially given the new deadline of March 17 set by the U.S. and UK on a new UN resolution," said a marine underwriter at one of the bigger insurers here. Another factor forcing the insurer's hands is the delay in ...  >>MORE

RCS is ready to deal with any emergency in Iraq: official

Posted on 09/03/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society is ready to deal with any humanitarian emergency in Iraq in the event of further escalation of the situation in that country, a senior RCS official has said. "The RCS has drawn up a multi-faceted strategy to deliver direct aid to those who may stand in need as well as to relief organisations who may be involved” said Sanaa Darwish Al Qitbi, Secretary General of RCS. The assistance will be provided for the needy in many Iraqi cities in coordination with the Iraqi Red ...  >>MORE

Egyptian media continue praising Zayed's initiative

Posted on 07/03/2003

Cairo - Egyptian mass media has highly welcomed and praised President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's initiative to spare Iraq of war catastrophes. The Egyptian "Al Wafd” paper described the initiative as a courageous initiative by a distinguished Arab leader, who once said the Arab petroleum is not more precious than the Arab blood and who also said on another occasion let us put the bitter experience which happened between Iraq and Kuwait behind us and let us move forward to achieve ...  >>MORE

Turkey backs Zayed's proposals on Iraq

Posted on 07/03/2003

Turkey voiced its support for proposals floated by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on Iraqi issue at the March 1 Arab summit in Egypt. The UAE called on Iraqi leadership to step down to spare the region war. 'We in Turkey bless and back any political and diplomatic initiative seeking a peaceful solution in Iraq,' Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said when asked about Sheikh Zayed's ideas on Iraq. He added that Ankara would be in favour of any proposals aimed at finding ...  >>MORE

RCS delegation leaves for Iraq

Posted on 07/03/2003

A delegation from the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) yesterday left for Iraq on a humanitarian mission. The delegation is headed Dr. Saleh Moussa , Director of Emergency and Relief Unit at the RCS. The visit of the delegation comes in line with the RCS policy of extending help to those in distress around the world. It is also in response to a plea by the Iraqi Red Crescent Society to provide urgent assistance to the needy in that country, said Khalifa Nasser Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Board of ...  >>MORE

Zayed's initiative can solve crisis: Lord Hurd

Posted on 06/03/2003

The former British foreign secretary Lord (Douglas) Hurd has welcomed the President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's initiative in which he proposed that Iraq's President, Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi leadership, should abdicate. Answering questions by the "Gulf News”, the veteran British former minister said Sheikh Zayed's initiative was a "practical and honourable way out of the current crisis. "By accepting this proposal and honest advice,” Lord Hurd said, "the Iraqi President ...  >>MORE

Al Sharhan lauds Zayed's initiative

Posted on 06/03/2003

Tunisia - Yousuf Rashid Al Sharhan, UAE Ambassador to Tunisia underlined that the Arab solidarity represents an absolute priority in the approach of the UAE's foreign policy and its sincere national guidelines in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In a statement to the Tunisian-based Magazine ”Al Malahidh” published yesterday on the UAE initiative regarding Iraq, Al Sharhan said that Sheikh Zayed was always alerting the Arabs of the dangers emanating ...  >>MORE

Iraqi Foreign Minister declares that their are no differences with UAE

Posted on 06/03/2003

Doha - Naji Sabri, Iraqi Foreign Minister, confirmed that the meeting between Iraq and UAE delegates was held at the sidelines of the conference, similar to the bilateral discussions among the participating countries. Expressing his astonishment at the reported reconciliation between the two parties, Sabri further stated that there were no differences that necessitated such reconciliation. He further hinted that the Islamic Conference will ultimately reach a unified stand on the Iraqi issue as ...  >>MORE

Kuwait, Sudan back Zayed initiative

Posted on 05/03/2003

The President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, received in Abu Dhabi yesterday Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affair Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah. They exchanged views on the current situation in the region, outcome of the recent Arab summit and the UAE initiative aimed at averting a war against the people of Iraq. Sheikh Sabah affirmed Kuwait's support for the initiative, saying it would preserve the unity of Iraq, protect its people and save the region ...  >>MORE

UAE initiative is mere advice: Information Minister

Posted on 05/03/2003

London - The initiative UAE presented to the Arab Summit last Saturday was but an advice to the Iraqi leadership and was not an intervention in Iraq's internal affairs, Minister of Information and Culture Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has confirmed. In a statement to the London-based "Al Quds Al Arabi" Arabic daily, Sheikh Abdullah said that it is up to the Iraqi leadership to either take or reject the advice. "It is the duty of the friend and brother to advise, particularly if that ...  >>MORE

Mohammed urges efforts to avert war

Posted on 05/03/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, received in Dubai yesterday General John Abu Zeid, Deputy Commander of the US Forces. They discussed the situation in the region, including the possibility of a war that is being opposed by Arab states and many countries around the world. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed stressed the need for enhanced efforts to avert a war in the region as well on the Iraqi people who need protection. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Zayed's initiative is intended to resolve Iraqi crisis: Prince Saud Al Faisal

Posted on 05/03/2003

Jeddah - The initiative of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan which was presented to the 15th Arab Summit held in Sharm El Sheikh earlier in the week was aimed at resolving the Iraqi crisis and thereby ward off a looming danger on the Iraqi people, Prince Saud Al Faisal, Saudi Foreign Minister said. "The initiative contained ideas on possible ways of resolving the current crisis. Neither the Arabs nor others can doubt the motives of President Sheikh Zayed, who acted in good faith ...  >>MORE

More Arabs come out in support of UAE proposal on Iraq

Posted on 05/03/2003

The proposal of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down to avert war and disaster against his people has gained support among many Arab leaders. Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, all fellow GCC members with the UAE, have already voiced their support for the proposal, describing it as the only way to prevent disaster against Iraq and the region. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, who holds the Arab Chairmanship, supported the ...  >>MORE

FNC calls for regional and international support for UAE initiative on Iraq

Posted on 05/03/2003

The Federal National Council, FNC, on Monday called upon Arab and Islamic countries and the international community to support the initiative of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on resolving the Iraqi crisis peacefully. In a statement issued in Abu Dhabi, the FNC described the initiative as a true and honest idea aimed at solving the crisis. The FNC has extended its support to the initiative which it said was a farsighted reading of the circumstances surrounding the crisis as ...  >>MORE

Zayed reviews the outcomes of Arab summit with King Hamad

Posted on 03/03/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday reviewed with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, the outcome of the Arab Summit held in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday. King Hamad expressed appreciation for Sheikh Zayed's leading role and his national stances on Arab and Islamic issues as well as his relentless efforts to unify Arab ranks. Supporting the UAE proposal on Iraq, King Hamad described it as an honest advice to the Iraqi leadership. "It (the UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE raises its proposal on Iraq at GCC meeting

Posted on 03/03/2003

Doha - The UAE yesterday said that it had raised its proposal on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down at the 86th GCC Foreign Ministers' meeting currently underway here. At a press conference here, Foreign Minister Rashid Abdulla affirmed that the aim of the proposal of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, presented at the Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh, was to resolve the Iraqi crisis through peaceful means. In his statements carried by the Qatari News Agency, QNA, Abdulla ...  >>MORE

League 'lacks courage to discuss UAE plan'

Posted on 02/03/2003

Sharm El Sheikh - Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, said the Arab countries refused even to discuss a UAE proposal calling on Iraqi leadership to step down to stave off a possible war against Iraq. "By this initiative, the UAE, under the visionary leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, seeks a way out of the Iraqi impasse and a peaceful solution to the crisis. "But the Arab League does not have the courage to discuss such ...  >>MORE

UAE proposes Saddam exile to avert war

Posted on 02/03/2003

Sharm El Sheikh - The United Arab Emirates yesterday called on Iraqi leadership to step down to spare the region war, Abu Dhabi Satellite TV channel reported yesterday. The channel said that President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's four-point initiative, which was contained in a message to the Arab League summit, proposed that Iraqi leadership give up power in exchange for regional and international binding legal guarantees from any form of prosecution. According to article two, ...  >>MORE

War will have little effect on UAE's trade: Bin Sulayem

Posted on 01/03/2003

A senior official in Dubai has ruled out any reverse effect on the Emirate's trade movement in the event of a possible war against Iraq. " Even if trade in Dubai is affected by the war it will be minor and temporary, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive President of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Authority, said in a statement to WAM yesterday. He drew the attention to the fact that the region had experienced in the past two decades two major wars, the first Gulf war between Iraq and Iran and the ...  >>MORE

Air fares up from today

Posted on 01/03/2003

To cover the cost of an Iraq war risk insurance premium, all airlines will impose a fuel surcharge of Dh80 on round-trip tickets and Dh40 on one-way tickets from today, aviation sources said. The decision to increase the fuel surcharge was taken at a Board of Airline Representatives (BAR) meeting on February 19. The new charges will be added to the existing charge of Dh25 for one-way tickets and Dh50 for round-trip tickets. The total fuel surcharge from today will be Dh65 for one-way tickets ...  >>MORE

UAE proposes Saddam exile to avert war

Posted on 01/03/2003

The United Arab Emirates called today on Iraqi leadership to step down to spare the region war, Abu Dhabi Satellite TV channel reported today. The channel said that President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's four-point initiative, which was contained in a message to the Arab League summit, proposed that Iraqi leadership give up power in exchange for regional and international binding legal guarantees from any form of prosecution. According to article two, Sheikh Zayed said the entire ...  >>MORE

UAE for peaceful solution to Iraq crisis

Posted on 26/02/2003

Following are the excerpts of the statement by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Fujairah, to the XIIIth conference of heads of state or government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Kuala Lumpur: On behalf of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, I would like to thank the people and the government of Malaysia for hosting the XIIIth summit conference of heads of state or government ...  >>MORE

Mohammed: UAE troops will not take part in war

Posted on 26/02/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, has said that the UAE contingent in Kuwait would not participate in a war against any country, but would stand ready to defend Kuwait's territorial integrity. "The UAE, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, opposes war under any pretext and will not participate in it. However, our forces in Kuwait are there to defend Kuwait's territorial integrity", said Sheikh ...  >>MORE

War will have minimum effect on Dubai Airport

Posted on 24/02/2003

Dubai International Airport will not be affected much by a war in Iraq, said a senior government official who announced that the facility will be the first in the region to implement Aerodrome Certification and Safety Management System (SMS) in line with the new safety regulations being implemented at airports worldwide. Regional air traffic in the Gulf is expected to drop by 10 to 12 per cent, said global aviation experts. Traffic from North America and Europe is expected to decline sharply if ...  >>MORE

OPEC will take action if war breaks out in Iraq: Nasseri

Posted on 23/02/2003

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Obaid bin Saif al Nasseri said on Saturday that OPEC would take necessary action to cover any break in Iraqi oil supplies if war erupts, but he did not explain what measures will be taken. 'OPEC has not taken any decision to change its output ceiling of 24.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in the event of war against Iraq,' Nasseri told reporters after talks with his Russian counterpart Igor Yusufov. 'The UAE doesn't want a war in the region. We hope ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates its objection to war with Iraq

Posted on 23/02/2003

Ismael Obeid Yusuf Al Ali, Director of the Department of Asian and African Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, received in Abu Dhabi yesterday Ali Sabti Mohammed Al-Hadithi, Iraqi Ambassador to the UAE. During the meeting, they reviewed the latest developments in the region. Al Ali reiterated the UAE's fundamental stance of total rejection to military strikes on Iraq and the need to settle the issue peacefully in line with the international legitimacy, so as to enhance security and stability in ...  >>MORE

UAE opposes military solution to Iraq's crisis

Posted on 22/02/2003

New York - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) told the UN Security Council of its rejection to any non-peaceful solution of the Iraqi crisis that could trigger a new war in the region and called for enforcing the weapons inspection system in Iraq as the sole alternative to war. Acting UAE permanent ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al Shamsi emphasised before a special council session on Iraq that all parties concerned should show their political good will to ward off military confrontation out of ...  >>MORE

Give inspectors chance to finish their job: Sheikh Sultan urges

Posted on 09/02/2003

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, has stressed the need to give UN inspectors an opportunity to carry on their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Sheikh Sultan made the statement during a meeting here yesterday with former UN arms inspector Scott Ritter who is on a visit to the UAE to deliver a lecture - The Looming War - at the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up (ZCCF). Sheikh Sultan said he hoped that a war would be averted because ...  >>MORE

Red Crescent plans relief efforts in Iraq

Posted on 22/01/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Authority will maintain stocks of medicine, food and clothes in Iraq and the UAE to ensure continuous supplies in case of an attack on Iraq, an official said. The stocks will be maintained due to the rising concerns about the possibility of a war, which will worsen the already deteriorated conditions of the population, particularly children, according to a report in "Gulf News.” Storehouses will stock milk powder, antibiotics and anti-virals, tents, beds and blankets, said ...  >>MORE

RCS team continues its humanitarian mission in Iraq

Posted on 12/01/2003

Baghdad - In line with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Red Crescent Society, RCS, the RCS team in Baghdad continued its humanitarian mission in Iraq and visited a number of hospitals and medical centres. The RCS team headed by Saleh Moussa Al Taie, Director of the RCS Relief Department acquainted themselves with the humanitarian situation and noticed that those hospitals and medical centres lack necessary equipment ...  >>MORE

Zayed hopes there will be no war on Iraq

Posted on 24/12/2002

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan received here yesterday at Al Bahr Palace His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman. They reviewed the outcome of the 23rd summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which concluded on Sunday in Doha. They also reviewed current developments, particularly in Iraq. Sheikh Zayed expressed hope that there would be no war on Iraq and that war would be the last option. He hoped that wisdom and responsibilities would prevail in the ...  >>MORE

UAE, Iraq to expand economic co-operation

Posted on 11/11/2002

Baghdad - Iraq has expressed its great desire to expand economic co-operation with the UAE and to set up joint investment and industrial projects, with full guarantees against political uncertainties and wars, it was announced here by Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Hekmat Al Azzawi, who commended the bilateral relations between his country and the UAE, describing them as +advanced and positive+, said those relations were ...  >>MORE

UAE- Iraq boost trade ties

Posted on 07/11/2002

Economic relations between the UAE and Iraq are all set for a new phase with joint ventures to be set up and volume of investments be increased, stated a top UAE government official last Wednesday. In a statement to WAM shortly before leaving Baghdad, Minister of State for Finance and Industry Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash said he was quite satisfied with the outcome of his talks with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hekmat Al Azzawi and Trade Minister Dr. Mohammed Mahdi Saleh. ...  >>MORE

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Students stage anti-war procession in Al Ain


Zayed, Cheney discuss Mideast peace plan


Do all to avert war Zayed urges Bush


Measures taken to safeguard civilians: Al Badi


Increase in oil production during war depends on war consequences: Al Nasiri


RCS signs agreement with its Iraqi counterpart


Kuwaiti House Speaker lauds Zayed's courageous stances


Saed briefed on French, German positions on Iraq


Insurers stop covering Iraq cargo


RCS is ready to deal with any emergency in Iraq: official


Egyptian media continue praising Zayed's initiative


Turkey backs Zayed's proposals on Iraq


RCS delegation leaves for Iraq


Zayed's initiative can solve crisis: Lord Hurd


Al Sharhan lauds Zayed's initiative


Iraqi Foreign Minister declares that their are no differences with UAE


Kuwait, Sudan back Zayed initiative


UAE initiative is mere advice: Information Minister


Mohammed urges efforts to avert war


Zayed's initiative is intended to resolve Iraqi crisis: Prince Saud Al Faisal


More Arabs come out in support of UAE proposal on Iraq


FNC calls for regional and international support for UAE initiative on Iraq


Zayed reviews the outcomes of Arab summit with King Hamad


UAE raises its proposal on Iraq at GCC meeting


League 'lacks courage to discuss UAE plan'


UAE proposes Saddam exile to avert war


War will have little effect on UAE's trade: Bin Sulayem


Air fares up from today


UAE proposes Saddam exile to avert war


UAE for peaceful solution to Iraq crisis


Mohammed: UAE troops will not take part in war


War will have minimum effect on Dubai Airport


OPEC will take action if war breaks out in Iraq: Nasseri


UAE reiterates its objection to war with Iraq


UAE opposes military solution to Iraq's crisis


Give inspectors chance to finish their job: Sheikh Sultan urges


Red Crescent plans relief efforts in Iraq


RCS team continues its humanitarian mission in Iraq


Zayed hopes there will be no war on Iraq


UAE, Iraq to expand economic co-operation


UAE- Iraq boost trade ties