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Qatar to act as US representative in Afghanistan

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The United States and Qatar have agreed that Qatar will represent the diplomatic interests of the United States in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. official told Reuters, an important signal of potential direct engagement between Washington and Kabul in the future after two decades of war. Qatar will sign an arrangement with the United States on Friday to assume the role of “protecting power” for U.S. interests to help facilitate any formal communication between Washington and the Taliban government in Afghanistan, which the United States does not recognize. The move comes at a time when the United …

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets Singaporean Second Minister for Education & Foreign Affairs at Expo

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has received Dr. Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, Singaporean Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Education & Foreign Affairs, at Expo 2020 Dubai headquarters.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to develop cooperation relations between the UAE and Singapore across all domains.

They also reviewed the UAE’s organisation of Expo 2020 Dubai and its role in strengthening international ties and developing cooperation to build a prosperous future for next generations.

Sheikh Abdullah welcomed Dr. Osman, highlighting the UAE-Singpore strong ties and their continued growth in different sectors under the support of both countries leaderships.

His Highness praised Singapore’s participation in Expo 2020, stressing the important role of the global event in promoting comprehensive and sustainable development opportunities and providing a platform for the convergence of different cultures and civilisations.

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, attended the meeting.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation showcases its most prominent digital service at GITEX 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is taking part in GITEX 2021, from October 17 to 21, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Ministry’s participation in the exhibition comes to highlight the most prominent service it offers to UAE nationals: the Travel Advice service.

The service features an interactive map accessible through the Emirati Traveler’s page on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and on the UAEMOFAIC smart application.

The map provides easy access to the latest travel procedures and requirements in place at various countries of the world, as well as visa exemption information and details of the UAE mission in the country of destination. It allows Emirati citizens to obtain comprehensive information in just one click.

The map was developed in line with the federal government’s directives to digitize services, and it can be accessed through the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation www.mofaic.gov.ae and the Ministry’s UAE MOFAIC application, which was developed for smartphones and runs on Android and iOS, to further enhance the integration of the ministry’s services and facilitate access to correct information, which supports consular and diplomatic work in the Ministry.

This comes in line with UAE efforts to facilitate safe travel from and to the country, considering the health and safety of the country’s citizens a priority, and thus offering up to date information on preventive measures implemented at the intended destination and the precautionary measures that must be followed by Emirati citizens traveling abroad during the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets UK Secretary of State for Health; Minister of Education

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom as part his the official visit of the UK.

During the meeting, which was held in the presence of Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences, Lord Kamall, they discussed the prospects of strengthening the friendship and cooperation between ties the two countries, especially in the health sector.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed the UAE’s keenness to accelerate knowledge transfer and exchange of expertise between the two nations in this field, pointing to the importance of investing in the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and turning them into opportunities that contribute to supporting international efforts to strengthen the global health system.

The UAE top diplomat also met with Nazim Al-Zahawi, Minister of Education, and discussed the longstanding relations between the two countries, especially in the field of education.

He affirmed the UAE’s determination to enhance aspects of joint cooperation with UK in all fields, including the education sector, highlighting the presence of a large number of Emirati students in British universities and British students learning in UAE-based universities.

The two meetings were attended by Mansoor Abdullah Khalfan Juma Balhoul, UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed , South Korean FM review advancing strategic partnership

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong discussed the prospects of promoting the strategic partnerships between the two nations across the political, economic and investment domains.

This came as Sheikh Mohamed received today at Qasr Al Shati Palace the South Korean top diplomat who conveyed the greetings of the President of South Korea Moon Jae-in to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and his sincere wishes for continued prosperity and progress to the UAE.

The two sides exchanged views over the latest regional and international developments and discussed a number of issues of interest.

Attending the meeting were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, the Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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UAE, Israel convene their first joint virtual conference on R&D

Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, has called on the Israeli science and research circles to take advantage of the Expo 2020 Dubai platform to consolidate the presence and role of the Middle East countries on the global map of the new-age technology, innovation and scientific research.

”Science and technology contribute to introducing a paradigm shift in the industrial, medical, agricultural and other sectors, unlocking more opportunities for future growth. In the UAE, we have a model development experience in terms of investment in technology, scientific research, artificial intelligence, and 4IR,” the UAE minister told the first Emirati-Israeli virtual conference on R&D in the presence of Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Israel’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology.

Attended by representatives of scientific research institutions in the UAE and Israel, the event is part of the two nations’ joint efforts to forge a qualitative partnership in advanced technology.

Researchers from both countries held panel discussions on joint cooperation in the fields of artificial intelligence, healthcare, agritech, energy and water.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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President of Swiss Confederation receives UAE Minister of Education

President Guy Parmelin of the Swiss Confederation has praised the close and distinguished bilateral relations between the UAE and Switzerland at various levels, while welcoming Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education.

In his remarks at the Federal Council in Berne today, President Parmelin expressed the hope of advancing cooperation in a way that furthers prosperity, progress, and benefits their peoples.

Al Hammadi, who is currently on a working visit to the Swiss Confederation, commended the Swiss leader’s sincere desire to further solidify ties in the best interests of their people.

The meeting comes within the framework of strengthening the strategic partnership that brings the two countries together, exchanging views and mechanisms for joint action to consolidate the bilateral relations in several fields, especially in the education sector, and to support international efforts for a more constructive cooperative stage for the advancement of education in light of the current developments.

Later, Al Hammadi met with Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation in the Swiss Confederation. They discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the scientific field between the two countries. They also discussed educational projects and ways to exchange experiences between academic institutions in the UAE and the Swiss Confederation.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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Lecture on the importance of food in Islam within the activities of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World?

Yesterday morning (Monday), at the headquarters of the Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs Sector, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment organized an awareness lecture for the Ministry?s employees. The lecture entitled ?Importance of Food in Islam? was presented by Sheikh Yahya Butti Al Nuaimi, as part of the activities of ?Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World?. The lecture discussed the concept of hunger and food security and the Islamic approach in achieving food security and famine and its causes. Sheikh Al- Nuaimi explained the virtue of hunger, as it leads to purity of the soul, righteousness and reward. He cited the noble verse ?My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits?. He also said that giving zakat, charities, fasting, prayer for rain, volunteering, penances, urging people to promote solidarity and equality will eliminate famine. At the end of the lecture, Al- Nuaimi praised the MME?s role in achieving food security and promoting agricultural and fish stock.

Source: Municipality and Environment

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UAE affirms its continued support and solidarity with the Lebanese people

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, affirmed the UAE’s continued support for the brotherly Lebanese people in such critical circumstances.

The UAE will continue to assist those affected, whether through direct humanitarian and development assistance or through cooperation with specialized international organizations and partners in the belief that these efforts will work towards enhancing Lebanon’s security, safety, and stability.

This came during Reem Al Hashemy’s participation in the conference on responding to the needs of the Lebanese people, which is being held at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations and with the participation of numerous heads of state and representatives of international organizations and civil society entities on the anniversary of the horrific explosion that destroyed the Port of Beirut and large parts of the capital Beirut in August last year.

The conference aims to mobilize additional humanitarian support, evaluate the humanitarian response and its impact, and examine what more can be provided to the Lebanese people for reconstruction, rehabilitation, and economic development.

Al Hashimy explained that UAE support to Lebanon amounted to nearly USD 120 million over the past five years. She pointed out that in recent months, the UAE operated an air bridge of medical and humanitarian supplies, which included the provision of thousands of pieces of medical equipment to alleviate the suffering of injured Lebanese and support frontline healthcare workers. This comes in addition to the medical support provided to contain the COVID-19 pandemic based on the humanitarian values of the UAE and the country’s determination to provide the necessary support and demonstrate solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people.

She noted that the convening of the conference comes against the backdrop of exceptional and difficult circumstances the Lebanese people are facing as a result of the first anniversary of the Port of Beirut explosion, the deterioration of the health and humanitarian situation as a result of COVID-19, the difficult economic and financial situation, political blockage, and failure to form a government capable of addressing the situation and implementing the necessary reforms to save Lebanon.

She also noted that the UAE hopes for Lebanon to form a competent government capable of bringing about the required change in order for it to regain the confidence of the international community; distance itself from conflict, polarisation, and regional tensions; preserve coexistence; serve the Lebanese national interest; and reject harmful influences such as extremist forces in Lebanese politics, including Lebanese Hezbollah, in order for the Lebanese people to devote themselves to reconstruction to achieve development and prosperity.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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MOFAIC introduces ‘UAE Academic Certificate Smart Authentication System’

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) announced the introduction of the “UAE Academic Certificate Smart Authentication System” that is available on its website and smart application, as part of its smart transformation project aimed at providing services to the public around the clock.

The service will enable graduates to apply for authentication services and follow up their applications virtually without the need to visit customer happiness centres.

Graduates wishing to authenticate their academic certificates or grade results electronically must visit MoFAIC’s website, www.mofaic.gov.ae, or download its smart application, UAEMOFAIC, and follow relevant instructions. They can also select their required certificate delivery service.

Fees can be paid via credit cards or e-dirham cards, and users will be directed to the delivery page to fill in the necessary information. They will also be asked to present their original certificates and can request as many copies to be authenticated as they want.

MoFAIC advises graduates to gather all necessary accreditations from relevant educational authorities before applying for the service.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation