UAE Renews Commitment to Strengthening Cyber Security

The UAE emphasized its commitment to creating the necessary infrastructure and mechanisms to enhance its cybersecurity capabilities, both to protect itself against cyber threats and to better work with others to address shared challenges.

“The Middle East is not immune to the risk posed by malicious cyber activity – it is often the target of major cyber operations and espionage,” the UAE said in a written statement to the UN Security Council’s open debate on cyber security, the first debate held by the body on this subject. “In the last few years, our region has witnessed severe incidents affecting the telecommunications, banking, and public sectors. Oil and natural gas installations have also been targeted, causing hundreds of millions in damages. Such malicious cyber activity on the region’s critical infrastructure has the potential to spark a conflict in an already tense environment and pose a threat to international peace and security.”

The UAE noted that it is developing a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy and a national cyber incident response plan through the UAE Cybersecurity Council. The UAE highlighted that it hosts the world’s largest cybersecurity and digital transformation conferences including GITEX, GISEC, and Cybertech to build domestic capacity, and that it has developed a platform for public-private partnership to facilitate information sharing. Additionally, the UAE outlined its collaboration with states, international organizations, and private sector entities to share information at the policy and technical levels.

In its statement, the UAE recommended that Member States of the UN provide training and capacity at the bilateral, regional, and international levels, including through training programs and the development of guidance for responsible state behavior. In this regard, the UAE noted that these actions can act as confidence-building measures in response to mistrust and misunderstandings in cyberspace that can pose a risk to international peace and security. The UAE also recommended that Member States continue to share their views and assessments with the UN Secretary-General and that they actively participate in cyber-related international fora and cross-regional formats to share best practices.

“All states have a responsibility of promoting international peace and security, both online and offline,” the UAE said. “Abiding by norms of responsible state behavior in tandem with obligations under international law is the best place to start.”

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


Sanchez announces Qatar squad for Golden Cup

Zagreb-Team Qatar’s Coach Felix Sanchez on Thursday announced a 23-member squad to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021.

At the Gold Cup, debutants and Asian Cup champions Qatar will play their Group matches against Honduras, Grenada and Panama in Group D.

Team Qatar will play their first Gold Cup match against Panama on July 13.

The Asian champions will play their other Group D matches against Grenada on July 17 and Honduras on July 20.

The top two teams from the four groups will advance to the quarter-finals on July 25.

Qatar Squad:

Saad Al Sheeb, Meshaal Barsham, Yusuf Hassan, Abdelkarim Hassan, Tariq Salman, Ahmed Suhail, Musab Kheder, Bassam Al Rawi, Homan Ahmed, Boualem Khoukhi, Mohammed Waad, Assim Madebo, Karim Boudiaf, Ismail Mohammed, Abdullah Al Ahrak, Abdulaziz Hatem, Akram Afif, Hassan Al Haydos, Youssef Abdurisag, Almoez Ali, Mohammed Muntari and Ahmed Alaaeldin.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee


UAE and Thailand Convene the Second Joint Committee Meeting, virtually

His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, UAE Minister of State, and His Excellency Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, convened the 2nd UAE-Thailand Joint Committee Meeting, virtually, on Wednesday, June 30.

During the meeting, officials from both sides delivered their remarks and discussed a number of bilateral matters.

In his remarks, Al Sayegh affirmed the strength of the two countries’ bilateral relationship and pointed to the growing cooperation that the UAE and Thailand have enjoyed over the years, including increased economic and cultural flows since the establishment of diplomatic relations 45 years ago.

Stating the growth in the total bilateral non-oil trade as well as the developments made in respect to expanding the current investment relations. Al Sayegh noted opportunities for expanded cooperation between the two sides.

“While the UAE has and will remain a major investor in key Thai sectors, including tourism, hospitality, and real estate, we wish to broaden these investments into a range of other areas such as food and agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy, and technology,” Al Sayegh remarked.

Pointing to the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai as a platform for the Thai Government and the private sector to expand their presence in the UAE and attract investment into Thailand, Al Sayegh underscored the importance of joint cooperation to overcome barriers to investment and trade.

Moreover, Al Sayegh extended his appreciation for the support provided by Thailand throughout the UAE’s Chairship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) while noting the UAE’s commitment to expanding its collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Both sides acknowledged that the convening of the meeting against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic reflected the spirit of friendship between the leadership and peoples of the two countries and their keenness to advance bilateral relations in various sectors of common interest.

For his part, Isarabhakdi thanked the UAE for hosting the meeting and affirmed his Government’s keenness to strengthen cooperation with the UAE, noting that the meeting enabled both sides to discuss key political and economic issues of mutual interest.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation