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MoFAIC receives credentials copy from the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation

H.E. Khalid Abdullah Belhoul, Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation received a copy of the credentials of H.E. Timur Zabirov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UAE.

Belhoul wished the Ambassador success in the performance of his duties and in enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the UAE and Russia.

The newly appointed Ambassador expressed his pleasure at representing his country in the United Arab Emirates, which enjoys a prestigious regional and international position thanks to the visionary policy of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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China Urges US-Led West to Engage With Taliban, Lift Sanctions

ISLAMABAD — China has pressed the Taliban interim government in Afghanistan to “effectively” protect the rights of women and renewed its call for lifting international sanctions against the conflict-torn country to help it tackle a looming “economic chaos.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the issues in two days of talks with Taliban leaders that concluded Tuesday in Doha, Qatar, officials said. Taliban officials said their high-level delegation included Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar and Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.

“China hopes that the Taliban can further demonstrate openness and inclusiveness, unite all ethnic groups and factions in Afghanistan to work together for peaceful reconstruction,” a post-meeting Chinese statement quoted Wang as saying.

“[The Taliban] should effectively protect the rights and interests of women and children … and build a modern country that conforms to the wishes of the people and the trend of the times,” Wang emphasized.

The Chinese chief diplomat urged the international community to support Afghanistan in dealing with “the humanitarian crisis, economic chaos, terrorist threats and governance difficulties,” and in placing the country on a path of “sound” development.

“China urges the Western countries, led by the United States as a whole, to lift sanctions, and calls on all parties to engage with the Afghan Taliban in a rational and pragmatic manner,” Wang added.

The Taliban regained control of the country in August, but they have been denied access to the Afghan central bank’s foreign assets of about $10 billion, mostly held by the U.S. Federal Reserve, over human rights and other concerns.

The restriction has raised the prospects of an economic meltdown in Afghanistan, where the United Nations says more than four decades of deadly conflicts and recurrent natural disasters have resulted in a protracted food crisis affecting millions.

U.N. officials have said Afghanistan is on its way to becoming the world’s “largest humanitarian crisis” this winter, as more than half of the population, nearly 23 million people, will face acute hunger unless urgent assistance arrives.

Tuesday’s statement quoted Baradar as assuring Wang the Taliban continue to take “inclusive measures” and recruit personnel of all Afghan ethnicities to participate in state governance in the future.

“The Afghan Taliban is willing to strengthen the efforts to protect the rights and interests of women and children and will not deprive them of the rights to education and work,” Baradar said.

He informed the Chinese delegation that women in Afghan medical institutions, airports and other places have resumed their work, while girls in many provinces have returned to school.

Baradar noted that authorities still face difficulties, however, such as lack of facilities and funds, hoping increased international assistance can help overcome the challenges.

For their part, Taliban officials described the talks with Chinese officials as fruitful, saying the two sides reviewed bilateral diplomatic relations, trade and educational opportunities for Afghan students in China.

A Taliban spokesman said in a statement the two sides agreed “to hold joint meetings in the future and create mechanisms to further broaden cooperation” between Kabul and Beijing.

The spokesman added that China has pledged an additional $6 million worth of humanitarian assistance, including medicine and food. China already has pledged about $31 million worth of aid to Kabul, including food supplies.

Terrorism concerns

Wang reiterated that Beijing “hopes and believes” the Taliban will “make a clean break” with the anti-China East Turkistan Islamic Movement [ETIM] and other terrorist organizations and will “resolutely crack down on them.”

China blames ETIM militants for carrying out terrorist attacks, especially in its western Xinjiang region bordering Afghanistan. Operatives of the outlawed extremist group are known to have hideouts on the Afghan side.

Baradar was quoted as assuring Wang the Taliban attach “great importance” to Chinese security concerns and will “resolutely honor” their promise of not allowing “anyone or any force” to use Afghan soil to harm China.

Joint appeal

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a joint appeal Tuesday urged the global community to urgently send humanitarian and economic aid to Afghanistan.

“They disused the situation in Afghanistan. They called on the international community to provide immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to the people of Afghanistan to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability and flight of people, as well as continued engagement for rebuilding of the country,” Khan’s office said after his telephone call with Xi.

Source: Voice of America

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President of Burundi receives UAE Ambassador credentials

President Évariste Ndayishimiye of the Republic of Burundi has received the credentials of Abdalla Hassan AlShamsi, UAE Non-Resident Ambassador to Burundi, at the Presidential Palace in Bujumbura, in the presence of Albert Shingiro, Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation.

The UAE envoy conveyed to President Ndayishimiye the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their wishes for Burundi further progress and development.

The Burundian President, in turn, reciprocated his greetings to the UAE leaders and his wishes for progress and prosperity to the UAE government and people.

He also wished the UAE Ambassador success in his tasks to strengthen bilateral relations across various fields, stressing his country’s readiness to provide all possible support to facilitate his task.

AlShamsi, in turn, expressed his pride at representing the UAE in Burundi and his keenness to strengthen ties in a way that contributes to reinforcing the bonds of friendship between the two countries.

He also stressed the UAE’s keenness to develop ties with the countries of the African continent in general and the Republic of Burundi in particular, and said that the participation of African countries in Expo 2020 Dubai “is a great opportunity to show the rich and vital history of the continent and its capabilities to lead global economic growth after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

AlShamsi highlighted the UAE’s interest – since its establishment – in consolidating political and economic relations with African countries via partnerships and development projects implemented by the UAE to enhance security and prosperity across the continent.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan meets Qatar’s Deputy PM

Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State, met in Doha today with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting reviewed fraternal relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in a way that will serve common interests.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets COP26 President in London

The UAE is keen on working with the United Kingdom to develop proactive plans for climate change mitigation, said H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Sheikh Abdullah made the remarks during a meeting he had today with Alok Sharma, British Minister of State and President for COP26 in London today.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah and Sharma reviewed the historical ties of friendship between the two countries and ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, particularly in the environment, climate change and clean energy domains.

Sheikh Abdullah underlined UAE’s keenness to work with the UK to develop proactive and efficient mitigation plans for climate change, in a way that will ensure sustainable future for generations to come.

He also stressed the importance of cementing international cooperation to address climate change challenges He referred to the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, which will be hosted by the UK in November, saying that the UAE had submitted its bid to host the 28th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) in Abu Dhabi in 2023.

He also highlighted the country’s recent announcement of the Net Zero 2050 Strategic Initiative.

The meeting was attended by Mansour Abdullah Khalfan Balhoul, UAE Ambassador to the UK.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets US National Security Advisor

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, emphasised the deep-rooted strategic relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United States, and their commitment to foster peace and stability in the region and to support the aspirations of its peoples for development and prosperity moving forward.

Sheikh Abdullah made the statements as he met in Washington DC with the US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

The meeting covered the developments in the region and the efforts made by two friendly countries to achieve peace and to enhance regional security and stability. It also touched on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said relations between the UAE and the United States have continued to grow in various domains.

“We look forward to deepening our bilateral relations in all fields, to the mutual benefits of our friendly peoples,” he added.

Attending the meeting was the UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets American Jewish Committee members in Washington

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), as part of his visit to the United States capital, Washington DC.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the strategic relations between the UAE and the US, and their efforts to solidify foundations of security, stability and peace in the region.

The meeting also touched on the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement by the UAE and Israel, and its role in achieving peace and stability in the Middle East, meeting the aspirations of its peoples for development, and its role in boosting prospects of cooperation between the two countries across many vital fields.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah welcomed the AJC members and praised their role in promoting mutual understanding and spreading the values of coexistence and tolerance among peoples.

He also referred to the importance of the Abraham Accord – considering it a constructive ground – for reaching peace and consolidating the pillars of security and stability in the Middle East region.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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Saudi Arabia, USA discuss Mideast peace efforts

Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan met today, in Washington, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

They reviewed deep-rooted strategic relations binding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the USA and ways of further bolstering joint cooperation and coordination.

They discussed regional and international issues of common interest, particularly security and stability in the Middle East and efforts to support peace in the region and the world.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that the meeting focused also on joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, as well efforts to stop the Houthis’ violations of Yemenis’ human rights.

The two sides stressed the importance of supporting efforts to stop Houthis’ continuous attacks on civil and economic facilities and threats to international maritime navigation.

They also discussed international negotiations regarding the Iranian nuclear programmes, highlighting the importance of maintaining security and stability in Afghanistan.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Governor of Makkah Region Meets Qatar’s Consul General in Jeddah

HRH Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region Prince Khalid Al-Faisal met with HE Consul General of the State of Qatar in Jeddah Rashid bin Saeed Al Khayarin.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets Chairman of US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met Sunday with Chairman of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Robert Menendez, who is visiting the country.

During the meeting, they reviewed the relations of cooperation between the two countries and the developments in the region.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs