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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - TERRORISM

Hilary Clinton to visit Abu Dhabi for counter terrorism meeting

Posted on 07/12/2012

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, will travel to the capital next week for talks on counter terrorism. The senior diplomat, who will leave her post in January, will attend the third ministerial meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism forum on December 14. The meeting is expected to feature the launch of an International Centre of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism, according to a US statement. The trip will be part of a tour of the region next week that will also include ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed condemns terror blasts in Bahrain

Posted on 07/11/2012

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has strongly condemned yesterday terror explosions in Gudhaibiya and Adliya in the Bahraini capital Manama which resulted in the death of two residents and left another critically injured. "UAE condemns these terrorist and criminal acts which were aimed at damaging the security and stability of Bahrain," he said and stressed UAE's support for the neighbouring Gulf kingdom, its government and people. "Security and stability of the ...  >>MORE

UAE strongly condemns bomb explosion in Beirut

Posted on 20/10/2012

The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist explosion which rocked capital of Lebanon, Beirut, in which scores of people were killed and wounded. 'The UAE condemns this coward terrorist act, affirms its support for Lebanon and ready to provide whatever assistance that helps it to secure its stability and security,' said Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, in a statement today. Dr. Gargash stressed that circumstances surrounding the explosion should be unveiled ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed calls on world community to support Somalia's response to fighting maritime piracy

Posted on 28/06/2012

The UAE yesterday called on the international community to provide support for Somalia and its neighbours so as to build their national effective response capabilities to piracy off their coasts. 'In this respect the UAE is pleased to contribute US$ 1 million to building and upgrading capabilities of Somali naval forces and coast guard to carry out their missions properly,' HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, told the opening session of the 2nd high-level, ...  >>MORE

American official hails UAE's hosting of Second International Counter-Piracy Conference

Posted on 28/06/2012

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Thomas Kelly has lauded hosting of the second International Counter-Piracy Conference by the UAE. Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai in conjunction with DPW, the conference aims to address how best to combat piracy and encourage the economic growth in Somalia to ensure stability. Kelly praised the financial and humanitarian contributions of the UAE to Somalia, especially to the Contact ...  >>MORE

UAE denounces Al Hola massacre in Syria, calls for urgent Arab League meeting to discuss repercussions

Posted on 27/05/2012

H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has called for convening an urgent Arab League meeting to discuss Al Hola massacre, a suburb of the Syrian City of Homs, which claimed the lives of over 106 Syrian civilians. He added that "the targeting of the civilians could not be condoned as it is a violation to our humanity, and signifies the tragic failure of our collective Arab and international efforts to put an end to the violence against the civilians in Syria." The UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Kabul blasts

Posted on 18/04/2012

The UAE strongly condemned the series of terrorist explosions which rocked the central diplomatic area of Kabul and three other Afghan cities claiming 47 lives and injured tens of people. "The UAE reiterates its solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan against extremism, violence and terrorism and urges the need for preserving regional security and stability," Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Jum'a Mubarak Junaibi stated. "The UAE vehemently condemns these criminal acts ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns terrorist attack in Bahrain

Posted on 12/04/2012

The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist explosion on Monday in the Bahraini village of al Akr in which seven policemen were injured in line of duty. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday that :' The UAE condemns these criminal acts which target stability and security of Bahrain and affirms its solidarity with and support for the leadership, government and people of Bahrain'. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Global cooperation key to eliminating scourge of terrorism

Posted on 04/04/2012

The UAE leads the international effort to fight terrorism through the establishment of a centre to address the drivers and root causes of violent extremism, said officials and experts attending a meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum yesterday. "Establishing an international centre in Abu Dhabi for building capacity, sharing best practices and research to fight violent extremism shows the UAE's leadership in exploring ways to address the root causes of violent extremism," said Reha ...  >>MORE

UAE reports progress by Contact Group on Piracy of the Coast of Somalia

Posted on 01/04/2012

New York - The past few months have been marked by continual progress on all fronts of the Contact Group on Piracy of the Coast of Somalia and its Working Groups; this progress has been marked around the four key priorities designated by the UAE for its chairmanship, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs Faris Al-Mazroui told participants in the 11th Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy of the Coast of Somalia in New York yesterday. The New York meeting of the ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns assassination of Saudi diplomat in Bangladesh

Posted on 07/03/2012

The United Arab Emirates has expressed strong denunciation of the heinous and brutal crime of murdering Saudi diplomat Khalaf Mohammed Ali in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. In a statement made yesterday, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash renewed UAE's firm stand in condemning such terrorist crimes. He reiterated UAE's solidarity with the brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against these deplorable acts. He also offered condolences to the family of the ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns terrorist blasts in Iraq

Posted on 16/01/2012

The UAE has strongly condemned strings of terrorist explosions which rocked several Iraqi cities, killing and wounding scores of innocent people. 'The UAE condemns these irresponsible acts which aim to sow seeds of sedition and sectarian conflicts,' Dr. Tareq Al Haidan, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, said in a statement yesterday. 'The UAE is urging all spectrum of Iraqi community to exert more efforts towards national reconciliation for the sake of security and stability ...  >>MORE

OIC condemns latest violence in Nigeria

Posted on 26/12/2011

Jeddah - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has condemned the latest violence unleashed by the militant Boko Haram group in Damaturu, Potiskum and Maiduguri in North Eastern Nigeria which led to the loss of tens of innocent lives. He therefore conveyed to the families of the victims, the government and people of Nigeria, his heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Prof Ihsanoglu, who denounced the continuing insecurity caused by the ...  >>MORE

UAE strongly condemns Oslo attacks

Posted on 24/07/2011

The UAE strongly condemned the powerful terror explosion in Norway's capital, Oslo, which rocked government headquarters on Friday and the opening of fire at a youth camp on the island of Utoya. Scores of people were killed and injured in the two terror acts. 'The UAE condemns in the strongest possible terms these terrible, appalling crimes and expresses its full solidarity and standing with the Government of Norway in confronting these criminal acts,' UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah ...  >>MORE

UAE President cables condolences to Norwegian King

Posted on 24/07/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has extended his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his King Harald V of Norway over the loss of life of people in the twin terrorist attacks which targeted government buildings in Oslo and the youth camp on the island of Utoeya. In his cable to King Harald, the President reiterated the UAE's strong condemnation of such a dreadful atrocity which is against human values and traditions. His Highness also expressed the UAE's full ...  >>MORE

UAE strongly condemns terrorist blasts in Mumbai

Posted on 14/07/2011

The UAE yesterday vehemently condemned the terrorist explosions which rocked India's financial capital of Mumbai, killing and wounding scores of people. In a statement yesterday, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister, said: 'The UAE condemns this terrible, appalling crime and affirms its full solidarity and standing with the Government of India in confronting these criminal acts'. Sheikh Abdullah offered heartfelt condolences to the families of innocent victims and ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns terrorist act in Karachi

Posted on 17/05/2011

The UAE has condemned the terrorist operation that killed Saudi diplomat Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani in Karachi while he was on his way to work on Monday. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday that UAE strongly condemns this terrorist act and calls on Pakistani authorities to open a prompt and transparent investigation to uncover the terrorist elements that committed this crime and bring them to justice. Foreign Ministry offered its condolences to Saudi authorities and the family ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns attack on Egypt's Churches

Posted on 09/05/2011

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has, in the strongest terms, condemned the evil act which targeted the Coptic Orthodox churches of Saint Mina and Virgin Mary in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba, Egypt and the events which resulted in dozens of injuries and deaths among Egyptian citizens. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash expressed the UAE's solidarity with Egypt against this act and reiterated his country's rejection of targeting worshipping places. He expressed the ...  >>MORE

UAE issues a statement on bin Laden's killing

Posted on 03/05/2011

The UAE played in the past decade an important role within the alliance of nations and peoples in fighting the phenomena of terrorism and extremism, targeting of civilians and turning parts of the world into open fronts, a senior foreign ministry official said yesterday. In remarks on the killing of Osama bin Laden, head of Al Qaeda network, Dr.Tariq Al Haidan, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, said :' Apart from claiming lives of thousands of innocent victims, terrorism has ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Marrakech blast

Posted on 01/05/2011

The UAE has vehemently condemned the criminal blast in a cafe in Marrakech, Morocco, which killed and injured scores of innocent people. The Foreign Ministry expressed in a statement the UAE's heart-felt condolences to the families of victims. The ministry affirmed that the tragic explosions call for cooperation at all levels to put an end to this criminal phenomenon which aims to spread destruction, chaos and undermine security and stability. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE Armed Forces free ship from pirates

Posted on 03/04/2011

A unit from the UAE's Anti-Terrorist Special Forces, supported by the Air Forces and Air Defence units, yesterday successfully freed a UAE-flagged vessel, MV Arrilah, from pirates in the Arabian Sea, east of Oman, an official source from the Armed Forces said. The vessel, belonging to the Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company, ADNATCO '&' NGSCO, had been attacked and seized by pirates on the morning of 1st April. "The Anti-Terrorist unit, supported by the UAE Air Forces and Air Defence units, ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Moscow blast

Posted on 25/01/2011

The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist blast that targeted Moscow's Domodedovo airport - the largest airport in Russia - killing and injuring tens of innocent people. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, UAE Foreign Ministry's Under Secretary Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi expressed UAE's solidarity with Russia against this heinous crime. He also offered UAE's condolences to the families of the victims of the blast and wishes of speedy recovery to the injured. Al Junaibi ...  >>MORE

Khalifa sends condolence to Egypt's President; strongly condemns attack

Posted on 02/01/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolence to President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on the victims of the terrorist act that targeted a church in the Egyptian town of Alexandria. Sheikh Khalifa expressed his and the UAE condolence to the leadership, government and people of Egypt and their sympathy with the families of the victims. Sheikh Khalifa also renewed UAE's condemnation of that terrorist act which targeted innocent people at a place of ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Alexandria blast

Posted on 02/01/2011

The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist act that targeted a Christian church in Egypt's Alexandria in which tens of innocent people were killed and injured. In a statement made to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Foreign minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: "The UAE's vehemently denounces that despicable act that led to the killing and injuring of several innocent citizens of the sisterly Egypt." Sheikh Abdullah reiterated solidarity with Egypt, saying: ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns blast in Chabahar, Iran

Posted on 16/12/2010

The United Arab Emirates strongly denounced the blast which had targeted a place of worship in Chabahar City, Southern, Iran killing dozens of people who were marking Ashura day and the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein. H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates affirmed that "the United Arab Emirates strongly condemns this criminal act which targeted safe and innocent people, affirms its full solidarity with Iran in the face of such ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Stockholm explosions

Posted on 15/12/2010

The United Arab Emirates has condemned the two terrorist and criminal explosions in Stockholm last Saturday which killed one person and injured others. Sheikha Najlaa Al Qasimi, UAE Ambassador to Sweden, described the explosions as "a terrorist act that is rejected an unaccepted by all religions." She reiterated UAE's rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism in the world and renewed the country's stand by the government and people of Sweden. She also stressed the need for continuous ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns terrorist act against Baghdad church

Posted on 03/11/2010

The UAE yesterday vehemently condemned the brutal terrorist act which targeted the Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad on Sunday, leaving tens of innocent dead and wounded. Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said 'The UAE condemns in the strongest terms this heinous criminal act which killed and wounded tens of innocent civilians of the brotherly Iraqi people in a worshipping house. Sheikh Abdullah expressed the UAE's solidarity with the Iraq and its support for its ...  >>MORE

White House thanks UAE for security efforts, partnership

Posted on 01/11/2010

On behalf of U.S President Barack Obama, John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism, called H.H. Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to express strong appreciation for the outstanding work of UAE authorities in disrupting a terrorist plot that involved concealed improvised explosive devices, including one found in Dubai, the White House said in a statement. Brennan conveyed the ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Turkey's explosion as "coward terrorist act"

Posted on 01/11/2010

The United Arab Emirate has condemned the bombing which took place Sunday in the centre of Istanbul, Turkey. A statement by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the attack as "a coward terrorist act." The statement stressed that the UAE stands by the Turkish government and people against terrorist attacks that aim to disrupt growth and development in Turkey. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dubai Police seizes explosive package from Yemen

Posted on 31/10/2010

The investigations launched by Dubai Police about the suspicious package found onboard a Federal Express cargo plane coming from Yemen has revealed that the package contained a computer printer with explosives loaded to its toner cartridge. A statement released by Dubai Police yesterday said the explosives were 'professionally' loaded and connected via an electric circuit to a mobile phone chip hidden inside the printer. "The plot style carries features similar to previous attacks carried out ...  >>MORE

Seized package shipped from Sana’a on a Qatar Airways plane: GCAA Source

Posted on 31/10/2010

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced yesterday that the package which was discovered in Dubai International Airport yesterday was shipped from Sana'a on board a Qatar Airways plane heading to Doha and then forwarded from that flight to Dubai. The package was seized in Dubai International Airport after the authorities grew suspicious about. Laboratory tests confirmed the package contained explosive substances, the GCAA said in a statement yesterday. A GCAA source told the ...  >>MORE

GCAA no shipment from Yemen to NYC from Dubai

Posted on 31/10/2010

Official source in The General Civil Aviation Authority confirmed in a statement to WAM that the Emirates Airline flight from Dubai to the United States of America did not carry any shipment from Yemen. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE Anti-terrorism Committee meets

Posted on 15/01/2010

The National Anti-terrorism Committee held its third meeting at the Foreign Ministry headquarters. The meeting was presided over by its chairman Dr. Abdul Rahim Yusuf Al Awadhi, Assistant to Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs and International Organisations. The Committee reviewed at its meeting a number of issues related to combating terrorism. The Committee also discussed ways to develop cooperation with the concerned committees and authorities in UAE and the reports submitted to the ...  >>MORE

UAE counter-terrorism efforts praised by experts

Posted on 13/01/2010

The UAE's counter-terrorism policies may have shielded it from major attacks, but the country needs to stay vigilant and develop more comprehensive national security plans, senior terrorism experts said yesterday. "If you look at a map of the region and you ask yourself what country has had a terrorist incident, I think every country in the region has, with the exception of the UAE and Oman,” said Richard Clarke, a former chief counter-terrorism adviser to the Clinton and Bush ...  >>MORE

UAE leadership is keen to establish values of justice, tolerance and respect for cultures to ensure stability in the region, Saqr Ghobash

Posted on 05/01/2010

HE Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour and Chairman of the National Media Council said that UAE has highlighted the need to uphold the values of tolerance, justice, equality and respect for cultures and religions in the face of injustice, extremism and terrorism to maintain security and stability in the region. He said this while addressing a seminar on "The role of Arab media in addressing the phenomenon of terrorism" at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research ...  >>MORE

UAE national students at Islamic International University in Islam Abad safe: UAE Foreign Ministry

Posted on 21/10/2009

An official at the UAE Foreign Ministry, said that all the UAE national students at Islamic International University in Pakistani capital, Islam Abad, are safe as no one of them was hurt in the wake of the terrorist attack yesterday. The source reiterated that the UAE Embassy in Pakistan is in contact with 35 Emirati students at the university to ensure they were fine. The embassy is ready to offer any assistance if necessary. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

President condemns terrorist attack against Saudi Assistant Interior Minister

Posted on 29/08/2009

UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday sent a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in which he expressed strong denunciation of the terrorist attack that targeted HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs last night. Sheikh Khalifa wished Saudi Arabia further progress and stability under the wise leadership of King Abdullah. He also expressed ...  >>MORE

Anti-terrorism committee in UAE holds its first meeting

Posted on 28/08/2009

The National Anti-terrorism committee held its first meeting today at the Foreign Ministry headquarters. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Abdul Rahim Yusuf Al Awadhi, Assistant to Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs and International organisations and the chairman of the National Anti-terrorism committee. Welcoming the committee members, Al Awadhi drew their attention to the cabinet decision No.1/2009 setting up the national committee to combat terrorism and defining its mandate and ...  >>MORE

No UAE diplomat injured in Baghdad blasts

Posted on 20/08/2009

No UAE diplomat was injured in the explosion that took place near the Iraqi ministry of foreign affairs in Baghdad, a source at the UAE Foreign Ministry affirmed today. The Iraqi Police announced that two cars exploded near the ministry of finance and foreign affairs in the Green Zone in Baghdad downtown killing at least 25 persons and injuring 80 others. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates efforts to combat nuclear terrorism

Posted on 19/06/2009

Geneva - A UAE Delegation has participated in the plenary meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism in The Hague, Netherlands, held on June 16-17. The delegation stressed on the efforts the UAE has made to combat nuclear terrorism focusing on the successful efforts of fighting terrorism financing. Ambassador Hamad Al-Ka'abi, UAE permanent representative to the IAEA, stated that the UAE's decision to join the global initiative stems from a common vision to support global ...  >>MORE

British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism visits Emirates Group Security

Posted on 19/06/2009

British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Admiral The Lord West of Spithead, accompanied by the HM Consul General Guy Warrington, visited Emirates Group Security headquarters in recognition of the close cooperation and assistance in border enforcement and aviation security. The visitors were also briefed on Transguard Group and its roles in the support of Group Security's mission. They toured the purpose-built headquarters for Emirates Group Security ...  >>MORE

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Hilary Clinton to visit Abu Dhabi for counter terrorism meeting


Abdullah bin Zayed condemns terror blasts in Bahrain


UAE strongly condemns bomb explosion in Beirut


Abdullah bin Zayed calls on world community to support Somalia's response to fighting maritime piracy


American official hails UAE's hosting of Second International Counter-Piracy Conference


UAE denounces Al Hola massacre in Syria, calls for urgent Arab League meeting to discuss repercussions


UAE condemns Kabul blasts


UAE condemns terrorist attack in Bahrain


Global cooperation key to eliminating scourge of terrorism


UAE reports progress by Contact Group on Piracy of the Coast of Somalia


UAE condemns assassination of Saudi diplomat in Bangladesh


UAE condemns terrorist blasts in Iraq


OIC condemns latest violence in Nigeria


UAE strongly condemns Oslo attacks


UAE President cables condolences to Norwegian King


UAE strongly condemns terrorist blasts in Mumbai


UAE condemns terrorist act in Karachi


UAE condemns attack on Egypt's Churches


UAE issues a statement on bin Laden's killing


UAE condemns Marrakech blast


UAE Armed Forces free ship from pirates


UAE condemns Moscow blast


Khalifa sends condolence to Egypt's President; strongly condemns attack


UAE condemns Alexandria blast


UAE condemns blast in Chabahar, Iran


UAE condemns Stockholm explosions


UAE condemns terrorist act against Baghdad church


White House thanks UAE for security efforts, partnership


UAE condemns Turkey's explosion as "coward terrorist act"


Dubai Police seizes explosive package from Yemen


Seized package shipped from Sana’a on a Qatar Airways plane: GCAA Source


GCAA no shipment from Yemen to NYC from Dubai


UAE Anti-terrorism Committee meets


UAE counter-terrorism efforts praised by experts


UAE leadership is keen to establish values of justice, tolerance and respect for cultures to ensure stability in the region, Saqr Ghobash


UAE national students at Islamic International University in Islam Abad safe: UAE Foreign Ministry


President condemns terrorist attack against Saudi Assistant Interior Minister


Anti-terrorism committee in UAE holds its first meeting


No UAE diplomat injured in Baghdad blasts


UAE reiterates efforts to combat nuclear terrorism


British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism visits Emirates Group Security