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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - AMERICA

Khalifa meets former US president

Posted on 22/11/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received yesterday former US President George Bush (Senior) who is currently visiting the country to attend the Abu Dhabi world leadership summit which opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Sheikh Khalifa welcomed the former US president and informed him about his satisfaction about the progress of the UAE-US relations. He expressed the hop that the summit would come out with recommendations which contribute to upgrading the socio-economic ...  >>MORE

Bush's policies in the region draw wide criticism

Posted on 22/11/2006

"Here in the UAE we do honour Americans, and I believe that they are highly respected in our country. However, we do not respect your son, and we do not respect what you are doing all over the world." That was the comment addressed to George Bush Sr by Nevine Al Rumeisi, a student at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) during his presentation at the World Leadership Summit yesterday. Nevine's remarks provoked strong applause and further criticism for US policies in the region. Bush, ...  >>MORE

Delegates rail against US policies

Posted on 22/11/2006

Participants at a Leadership conference here on Tuesday told George Bush Sr that they disapprove his son's policies. "We do not respect your son, and we do not respect what the US is doing all over the world," Nevine Al Rum-eisi, a student at the Higher Colleges of Technology, told the former US president. "My son is an honest man, he is working hard for peace," replied Bush. "How come that everybody want to go to the US if the US is so bad?" he asked. The discussion became heated when ...  >>MORE

Rice Mideast visit not directed against Syria, Iran: US Official

Posted on 21/02/2006

US Under Secretary of State Karen Hughes has denied that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's forthcoming Middle East Tour was intended to isolate Syria and Iran. "The purpose of Rice tour is basically to exchange views on regional and international security issues", she said in a press conference at the end of a visit to the UAE. Hughes said she wanted to listen to the view points prevalent in the Region so as to develop a common concept of the future steps that need to be taken to deal ...  >>MORE

U.S. Embassy expresses confidence in UAE's ability to protect American citizens

Posted on 12/03/2003

U.S. Ambassador Marcelle Wahba yesterday expressed her full confidence in the UAE government's ability to protect American citizens, property, and U.S. diplomatic facilities throughout the country. Responding to a U.S. State Department's statement authorising the voluntary departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, Wahba said that the Embassy was not planning to reduce its diplomatic or consular staff or ...  >>MORE

Bush receives Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 09/11/2002

Washington - U.S President George W. Bush received here yesterday evening Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who is currently visiting the United States. During the meeting, President Bush hailed the UAE-US relations, citing as an example the visit of Sheikh Hamdan to the US and the subsequent outcome of the meetings of the joint committees between the two countries. President Bush re-affirmed the commitment of the United States to a just and lasting ...  >>MORE

SMS messages boost US boycott

Posted on 11/04/2002

UAE residents are using their mobile phones to send out text messages to assist Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli, it was reported on 8 April. UAE residents are urging supporters to boycott American products. ...  >>MORE

UAE wants US to focus on Palestine

Posted on 21/03/2002

The United States was asked to play a more effective role in seeking peace in the Middle East and ending the dangerous and continual Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, when U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on 16 March. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who said that Sheikh Zayed and Cheney discussed the current international campaign to fight ...  >>MORE

Zayed, Cheney discuss latest regional, international events

Posted on 17/03/2002

President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and visiting US Vice-President Dick Cheney yesterday held talks over current international campaign to fight terrorism and the latest developments in the Palestinian territories and the region. Zayed-Cheney talks also covered efforts to revive the Middle East peace process in light of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people. UAE-US relations and aspects of joint cooperation were also reviewed. The talks were attended by H.H. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE and U.S. sign open skies accord

Posted on 14/03/2002

The UAE and the U.S. signed a bilateral 'open skies' air services agreement on 12 March. ‘Similar agreements will also be finalised soon with the UK and the Philippines', said Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister for Communications. He added that ‘the treaty will encourage business, travel and will add to our list of agreements with the U.S. and commitment to develop this relationship.' The agreement provides the legal framework for domestic airlines of both countries to fly to each other's ...  >>MORE

UAE urges clear Arab stand on threats against Iraq

Posted on 05/03/2002

The UAE has called for a clear Arab position towards threats by the United States and other Western powers to attack Iraq on the grounds it possesses weapons of mass destruction. Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, said preparations for a possible strike against Iraq "pose great dangers which could lead to unimaginable repercussions on regional and global security." "There should be a clear Arab stand in this respect," he told reporters after receiving participants ...  >>MORE

US policy towards foreign issues commented

Posted on 08/02/2002

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A UAE English newspaper today commented on the policy being always adopted by the American administration towards foreign issues. Commenting editorially on the issue, the Dubai-based' Gulf News' said,' A well-known political ploy is to float a 'trial balloon' to see if anyone shoots it down. Politicians, usually the government, will 'leak' a proposal to determine what opposition or support there is. Being unofficial, it can be denied if it is not popular. 'If', the paper went on ...  >>MORE

Clinton and Queen Rania of Jordan at charity dinner

Posted on 24/01/2002

Former US President Bill Clinton visited Dubai on 17 January for the first time and spoke at a charity dinner organised by the Science, Technology and Arts Royal Summit (STARS) 2002 to raise money for underprivileged children. The event was also attended by General Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. Clinton thanked the UAE for its support in the global fight against organised terrorism and reiterated ...  >>MORE

Zinni's mission is bound to fail: UAE daily

Posted on 03/01/2002

Abu Dhabi, Jan.3, 2002 (WAM) Two major UAE dailies today commented on the mission of the U.S. special envoy Anthony Zinni's to the Middle East today to continue trying to find a durable cease fire. He is due to spend only four days in the region, which is not enough. 'The deeply held intransigence of the combatants require more than a quick visit to achieve a break-through,' commented the Dubai-based 'Gulf News'. 'The Americans have been pushing the Palestinians and Israelis to accept the ...  >>MORE

UAE press condemns US veto as act of terrorism

Posted on 16/12/2001

The UAE press today lashed out at the US administration use of veto to block a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning violence in the Middle East. The draft, vetoed by Washington, was co-sponsored by Egypt and Tunisia, condemned all acts of terror, in particular those targeting civilians and all acts of extra-judiciary executions, excessive use of force and wide destruction of property. The draft also called for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, provocation and ...  >>MORE

Envoy vows safety of UAE citizens in U.S.

Posted on 15/12/2001

A US diplomat has assured the families of more than 2,500 UAE citizens studying in America that measures have been taken to prevent reprisals against them following terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. "Most UAE students in the U.S. are fine. Only a handful have had problems," Katherine Van de Vate, public affairs officer of the U.S. embassy in Abu Dhabi, told Gulf News. A U.S. Justice Department spokesman said 100 cases related to the terror attacks are ...  >>MORE

U.S. praises UAE support

Posted on 12/12/2001

Marcelle Wahba, U.S. Ambassador to the UAE, yesterday described the UAE's cooperation in the fight against terrorism as "outstanding", saying U.S. will continue to work to eliminate the scourge of terrorism. She was speaking at a memorial service at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi to pay homage to the victims of the September 11 attacks. The service was attended by Saif Saeed Sa'ad, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Mukarram, Director of European and American Affairs ...  >>MORE

US blackmails PNA to serve Zionism's interests

Posted on 11/12/2001

(WAM) A UAE Arabic daily lashed out at the US for blackmailing the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in favour of Israel as part of its effort to halt violence in Palestine. ' Washington is blackmailing the weakest side and victim - PNA- while leaving the Zionist assassin at large and did not even dare to condemn him,' Dubai-based 'Al Bayan' reported in its editorial today. The paper said that the US positions were difficult to understand. US Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged ...  >>MORE

US Embassy remember Sept.11 Victims

Posted on 11/12/2001

(WAM) The United States Embassy in Abu Dhabi, today remembered the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington with a memorial service held at the US Embassy premises to commemorate the three month anniversary of the sad event. The Memorial service, which was led by Marcelle Wahba, US Ambassador, was attended by senior UAE officials from the foreign ministry and other distinguished guests. In a statement, Wahba said that the ...  >>MORE

UAE works with US to fight money laundering

Posted on 08/11/2001

The Ministry of Finance and Industry said on 7 November that the UAE and the US have co-ordinated to seize assets of Al Barakat and other terrorist organisations including Al Qaida. Measures were taken against 11 entities in the UAE and 10 in the US, apart from Al Barakat on 7 November as part of the international effort to eliminate terrorist money laundering financial networks. http://www.uae.gov.ae/mofi ...  >>MORE

Arabs, Muslims will not accept more mistakes in US air strikes

Posted on 30/10/2001

(WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today expressed great concern over the increasing number of civilian casualties in the ongoing American air strikes on Afghanistan, which have now entered its fourth week. The Dubai-based 'Al Bayan' said that although the air strikes continue to increase by day in both proportion and intensity, there was no hope the strikes would end soon. 'And to get the innocent Afghan civilians involved in this war is, undoubtedly, a dangerous and completely unacceptable ...  >>MORE

Khalifa receives Bahraini envoy, US commander

Posted on 23/10/2001

(WAM) H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE armed forces, received today a message from Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain's Crown Prince, dealing with bilateral relations and the latest regional and international developments. The message was delivered by Bahraini ambassador Sheikh Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa when Sheikh Khalifa met him today. In his message, Sheikh Salman thanked Sheikh Khalifa for the development ...  >>MORE

UAE students in US safe, says embassy

Posted on 02/10/2001

The United States Embassy in Abu Dhabi has given full assurance to the UAE government of its extreme concern for safety and comfort of UAE students studying in colleges and universities in the United States, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Gordon Olson and Katherine Van de Vate, Charge d'Affaires and Counsellor for Press and Cultural Affairs respectively at the embassy, gave the assurance to the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education ...  >>MORE

Zayed receives cable from President Bush

Posted on 30/09/2001

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has received a cable of thanks from US President, George W. Bush, in reply to a cable of condolences Sheikh Zayed sent to him earlier following the terrorist attacks on the United States. President Bush thanked Sheikh Zayed and the UAE people for showing great concern over the September11 terrorist attacks, which, he said, was aimed at freedom, adding that the attacks "represent a clear warning to our modern world”. "Freedom has been attacked but ...  >>MORE

Carter praises Zayed

Posted on 27/09/2001

Former US President, Jimmy Carter, praised President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his humanitarian and civilizational stances. "Sheikh Zayed's stances are fully reflected in his statements, as well as, his noble humanitarian attitudes", Carter said Carter also lauded the UAE Cabinet statement in which they have expressed their deep sorrow and sympathy for the families of the victims of the heinous attack in the United States and offered condolences to the people of the United ...  >>MORE

US should go for justice not revenge: UAE dailies

Posted on 27/09/2001

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A number of major UAE dailies today commented on the statement issued yesterday by Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in which he urged the United States not to act in haste and to give diplomacy and legal means every opportunity before launching a military strike on Afghanistan. 'As preparations for the strikes on the perpetrators and supporters of the attacks on New York and Washington go ahead, it is vital that the case ...  >>MORE

Pakistan very important for a stable world - President Bush

Posted on 27/09/2001

Washington (WAM) President George Bush said a stable Pakistan is very important for a stable world. 'After all, Pakistan has nuclear weapons, and we want stability in countries that may have nuclear weapons,' the Associated Press of Pakitan, APP, quoted President Bush as saying. President Bush was referring to an assistance package of 40 million US dollars announced by the visiting Japanese Prime Minister in favour of Pakistan. He said it was a very important contribution. The President made ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed's remarks lauded

Posted on 23/09/2001

Former US Assistant Secretary of state Richard Murphy in a report prepared for the political dossier of the Zayed Centre for Co-ordination and Follow-up lauded the statements made by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan about the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on Sept.11 as well as his statements on the peace process, said a Zayed Centre press release. Murphy stated that the message of Sheikh Zayed to the NATO leaders, in which he called for prompt action ...  >>MORE

UAE backs USA on terror, warns over double standards

Posted on 20/09/2001

Following the shocking attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, in which thousands of innocent people died, the UAE stood out firmly against terrorism, promising what ever support the USA needed to deal with the perpetrators of the crime. HH the President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, sent a message to US President George Bush, and was unflinching on the necessity to take action. 'We share with you the belief that the acts carried out on 11 September are utterly repugnant in ...  >>MORE

Jordanian paper praises Zayed's message

Posted on 19/09/2001

The Amman-based newspaper Al Arab Al Youm praised the contents of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's message to the leaders of NATO Member States in which he condemned all forms of terrorism, including the daily terrorist acts being practised by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people. The paper also highlighted the contents of Sheikh Zayed's telephone call with President George W. Bush of the United States during which Sheikh Zayed stressed that ...  >>MORE

Zayed, Bush talks

Posted on 17/09/2001

Abu Dhabi, (WAM): UAE President HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan today called US President George W. Bush to exchange views on recent international developments in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place last week in New York and Washington and to review current efforts to fight terrorism. President Bush thanked President HH Sheikh Zayed for his sincere condolences on the victims of the attacks, and also thanked him for the position adopted by the United Arab Emirates at this ...  >>MORE

Unfair and Unwarranted

Posted on 17/09/2001

(By The Detroit News) Disturbing reports are beginning to emerge from throughout Metro Detroit of threats and expressions of hate and resentment against local Arab-Americans. They must stop now. As Metro Detroiters, we are of many colors, races, religions and ethnic groups. But we are one family. In times of trouble, families come together. Let us come together today. We will not permit an outside enemy to set us against one another. If the terrorists who struck our shores Tuesday have driven ...  >>MORE

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