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    1998 12 07 Monday - No. :27998

  • PRESIDENT HONOURS MANDELA WITH HIGHEST NATIONAL ORDER
  • ZAYED OPENS 19TH GCC SUMMIT TODAY
  • NAVY COMMISSIONS ITS SECOND FRIGATE
  • SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON BOOSTING OIL PRICES
  • UAE-QATAR AGREEMENT ON CO-OPERATION
  • UAE PLEDGES $ 50 MILLION TO PA
  • DUBAL BUILDS NEW BAKING KILN IN 10 MONTHS
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    PRESIDENT HONOURS MANDELA WITH HIGHEST NATIONAL ORDER

    President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday received South African President Nelson Mandela at Al Wathba Palace. They discussed the ties between the UAE and South Africa and also issues of mutual concern. President Sheikh Zayed decorated Mandela with Zayed Medal of the first class. He described him as a leader of great ability and integrity. Mandela in turn praised Sheikh Zayed's prudent leadership as well as his contribution to both regional and international issues. He also lauded the progress the UAE has achieved under Sheikh Zayed's leadership. Mandela who arrived here earlier yesterday was received upon arrival at the Abu Dhabi International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Accompanying President Mandela is an honorary mission headed by the Minister for Public Works and Housing. Also accompanying Mandela is a South African delegation, including Foreign Minister Alfred Nzo and a number of top officials. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM )

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    ZAYED OPENS 19TH GCC SUMMIT TODAY

    President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan will this evening inaugurate the 19th annual Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC, summit here at the Hotel InterContinental. The GCC summit will be attended by the Emirs of Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, the Sultan of Oman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Zayed will receive them upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport this afternoon. Also present at the airport will be Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikhs and ministers. This year's summit will mark a milestone in the Council's 18-year history. For the first time, a GCC summit will be addressed by a foreign head of state, South African President Nelson Mandela. The opening session will also be attended by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Organisation of Islamic Conference Secretary-General Dr. Izzedin Al Iraqi and Arab League Secretary-General Dr. Esmat Abdul Meguid. The UAE delegation will include Sheikh Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President's Representative Ahmed Khalifa Al Suweidi, Director General of the President's Office Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan,Information and Culture Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah, Interior Minister Lt. General Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Badi,Minister of State for Financial and Industrial Affairs Dr. Mohammed Khalfan Kirbash and the Chief of Military Aide de Camp Major General Mohammed Suhail Al Khaili. The leading role of the GCC on the global stage will be underlined by Annan's presence, who is flying in especially for the meeting. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, Annan will be briefed on the latest developments in Iraq by his Special Envoy, Prakash Shah. Annan's subsequent briefing of GCC leaders comes against the backdrop of Iraqi efforts to secure the lifting of UN sanctions imposed upon on it after its 1990 attack on Kuwait. (The 'Emirates News' )

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    NAVY COMMISSIONS ITS SECOND FRIGATE

    Al Emarat, the UAE's new frigate, was commissioned into the Navy after a formal launch on Saturday by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, at the Jebel Ali Marine Base. Sheikh Mohammed praised the efforts of Lt. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, and said he was surprised by the speed with which preparations were made to equip the base. He said the UAE was proud of its achievements in a short span of time, and that it was an honour to serve the nation. The ceremony began with the playing of the national anthem and a reading from the Holy Quran, after which Sheikh Mohammed inspected a guard of honour. Brig. Staff Marine Suhail Mohammed Al Marar, Commander of the Marine Forces, read an oath of allegiance to President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Brig. Staff Marine Al Marar said the Al Emarat, the Navy's second frigate, would bolster the defence of the country's coasts and regional waters. Sheikh Mohammed honoured a number of officers who contributed to the establishment of the project. He also presented mementos to some officers of the Committees for Frigates, for Planes and for the Jebel Ali Base, as well as officials from the Ports Authority and the Jebel Ali Free Zone. Aboard the frigate, he heard the commander describe its weapons capabilities and the defence tasks it could carry out. Maj. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of Interior, said the new frigate represented a giant leap for the Armed Forces. "We are proud that all members of the crew are nationals." (The 'Gulf News' )

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    SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON BOOSTING OIL PRICES

    Stabilising oil prices will be the main topic of discussion of the three-day Gulf Cooperation Council summit which opens here today, according to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Information and Culture. Sheikh Abdullah said yesterday member nations should continue their policy and restrict production to the agreed quotas, to set an example to other Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries' (Opec) members. "We in the GCC are honouring our word , but others in OPEC are not following suit... I hope other countries will look at the council and follow its example," he said. The GCC, Sheikh Abdullah said, had earned the respect of other nations for its "balanced and studied perspective" on political issues. "Many think the council is slow, but whatever steps we take are based on a sound foundation." He said the challenge of declining oil prices was a formidable one, and while there was a clarity of purpose politically, the GCC members should strive for greater economic coordination among themselves, within social, economic and political contexts. Some Gulf Arab oil ministers, including Saudi Arabia's Ali Al Naimi, will attend the summit, a senior Gulf diplomat said. The diplomat did not say if Al Naimi will hold direct talks with other Gulf Arab oil ministers. Delegates said the GCC foreign ministers, who met here on Saturday, had asked the oil ministers to present proposals on what was required to raise prices. The economies of the GCC states - which control nearly half of the world's proven oil reserves - have come under pressure as prices collapsed this year in a glutted market. Oil earnings account for about three-quarters of the revenues of the six Gulf states. Economists estimate low oil prices sliced $15 billion off Saudi Arabia's 1997 gross oil earnings of about $51 billion. Sheikh Abdullah said regional security was of great significance for the GCC. "The relationship with Iraq and Iran will be a very important issue that will be discussed," he said. "We are concerned about the latest escalation of tension in the region and although our points of view are not always identical in this respect, we share a common view with regard to Iran and Iraq." Sheikh Abdullah said all the council members wanted to see greater security in the region. But Iran's territorial dispute with the UAE over three Gulf islands remains a thorn in the side of relations between the Gulf Arabs and Iran. Iran last Wednesday reaffirmed its sovereignty over the islands, a stance which analysts said would be condemned by the GCC leaders. "We look for good relations between us and the Iranians," Sheikh Abdullah said. "Unfortunately we don't see any good signals from the Iranians (regarding the islands)." Defence, which has been the main focus of 18 previous summits, will also be high on the agenda as well as unifying the six states' customs tariffs. Sheikh Abdullah said the GCC faced many political challenges, but added the council will look forward to stronger economic cooperation "because political cooperation has become clear... and everyone is optimistic about intensified economic steps." (The 'Gulf News' )

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    UAE-QATAR AGREEMENT ON CO-OPERATION

    Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday said that the UAE and Qatar had signed an agreement on the formation of a Higher UAE-Qatar Co-operation Committee. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, upon his return from a short visit to Doha, Sheikh Hamdan said that the step reflected the desire of the two leaders, President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, to strengthen the relations between the two countries and elevate them to a level that satisfies the expectations of the people. He said the agreement also translates their leaders' conviction that such a blessed step enhance the march of the Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Hamdan for the UAE side and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani for Qatar. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM )

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    UAE PLEDGES $ 50 MILLION TO PA

    The UAE pledged 50 million US dollars in aid to the Palestinian economy, as well as financing a 350 million dollar housing project in Palestine. Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah was quoted as saying that all participants at the donors conference, held in Washington recently, made generous donations to the Palestinian Authority. "The conference took into consideration an appeal by Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to help the Palestinian people, especially after closure of the West Bank, which caused severe damages to the economy," Abdullah said. He added that all participants called on Israel to stop its practices and to allow donations to take their way into Palestine. In his speech during the conference, Abdullah said that under the directives of its President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE met its previous pledge of donating 25 million dollars. He also called on the donor countries to increase the volumes of their contributions and stressed the need to continue the peace process on the basis of Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and in accordance with the Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 425 and the peace-for-land formula. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM )

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    DUBAL BUILDS NEW BAKING KILN IN 10 MONTHS

    Dubai Aluminium Company Ltd, Dubal, has built and ignited a new baking kiln on December 1 just ten months from the commencement of excavation. The new kiln will supply over 240 carbon anodes every 28 hours for consumption within the Dubal smelting complex. The completion of the kiln represents a significant first step in Dubal's latest expansion programme codenamed "Condor." Upon completion, in early January 2000, Condor will have progressively raised the rated aluminium production capacity to over 535,000 metric tonnes per year, making Dubal the third largest smelting complex in the western world. In selecting the design for the new kiln, Dubal placed particular emphasis on environmental aspects. The kiln has the capability to re-process almost all its volatiles (emissions) by using the contained tar as a supplementary fuel. This saves energy whilst also protecting the surrounding air quality. In awarding contracts for the construction of the work Dubal adhered to its policy of giving preference to UAE-based organisations. (The 'Emirates News' )

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