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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - AFGHANISTAN

UAE pledges US$ 250 million for reconstruction in Afghanistan: Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 25/08/2011

UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced yesterday the UAE would offer a grant of US$250 million for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. Sheikh Abdullah said the financial aid, which will be managed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), would be channelled into development projects with special focus on housing for orphans, widows and disabled persons, as well as rehabilitation of the capital, Kabul, and other states. 'The grant is part of an aid package ...  >>MORE

UAE's peace mission to war-torn Afghanistan

Posted on 24/08/2011

The documentary Mission: Winds of Goodness is a 30-minute film on how the UAE military delivered humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, maintained security and supported social and economic development in the war-torn country. The screening, which took place on Monday evening at the Majlis of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at Al Bateen Palace, attracted more than 400 guests. The event was attended by His ...  >>MORE

UAE builds schools, clinics and mosques in Afghanistan

Posted on 24/08/2011

The UAE has had a presence in Afghanistan for eight years, and six UAE-funded medical clinics and a hospital have been built there. Some of these are staffed by female Emirati doctors who attend to Afghan women and children The UAE continues to make a significant humanitarian contribution in Afghanistan, and has done so since 2003. In 2009, the UAE committed more than Dh1.26 billion in aid to Afghanistan, representing 14 per cent of the UAE's total foreign aid during 2009. Although a ...  >>MORE

Abdullah reiterates UAE's support for Afghanistan

Posted on 10/01/2011

Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated yesterday the UAE's support for Afghan people and government and stressed the need for mobilising international efforts to back development programmes in Afghanistan. Sheikh Abdullah made his remarks during an audience with Staffan di Mistura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who paid tribute to the UAE for its contributions to infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, ...  >>MORE

Meeting of special envoys for Afghanistan and Pakistan kicks off

Posted on 13/01/2010

The meeting of special envoys of Afghanistan and Pakistan began yesterday in Abu Dhabi with the participation of HE Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The meeting is attended by HE Nasser Judah, Jordanian Foreign Minister, HE Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's Foreign Minister and HE Rangin Dadfar Spanta Afghan Foreign Minister along with representatives of 40 countries. Moreover, the meeting is discussing the current situation in Pakistan, Afghanistan and ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Foundation, GAIN ink agreement on reducing deaths, disabilities associated with nutritional deficiencies in Afghanistan

Posted on 14/07/2009

The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) signed a cooperation and partnership agreement whereby the UAE's agency will provide finance to GAIN's efforts to reduce deaths and disabilities associated with nutritional deficiencies in Afghanistan, particularly among women and children. 15 million individuals will benefit from the initiative launched in the agreement which was signed last Sunday by executive director HE ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Foundation, UNICEF to promote education for children in Afghanistan

Posted on 05/07/2009

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) Thursday signed an agreement with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support children in Afghanistan through a number of humanitarian and development initiatives. Mohammed Haji Al Khoori, KBZF Executive Director, signed the agreement for his side, while Dr. Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf Area, also signed for his outfit. Through this agreement, both parties will work together to support educational programmes in ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Foundation, Oxfam join forces to launch relief programme in Afghanistan

Posted on 01/07/2009

The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation has entered into a partnership agreement with Oxfam GB to fund a series of relief and development projects in sectors of health, water, public health and food security in Afghanistan. Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. It works directly with communities and it seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that ...  >>MORE

UAE Diplomat injured in Kabul

Posted on 15/01/2008

A UAE diplomat was slightly injured following a terrorist attack on a hotel in the Afghan Capital on yesterday, according to a responsible source at the UAE Foreign Ministry. Aref Abdullah Al Tinaiji, a third secretary in the UAE Embassy in Kabul, sustained a slight wound as a result of a terrorist attack on Sarina Hotel in Kabul," the source said. The source indicated that Al Tinaaji, who happened to be in the hotel along with the Embassy's Charge d'Affaires Mohammed Ahmed Al Othman when the ...  >>MORE

UAE backs efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan

Posted on 27/12/2003

The United Arab Emirates has underlined its support of international and regional efforts to bring about political stability in Afghanistan and step up the reconstruction process there. On his return from Kabul last Thursday, Ali Mohammed Al Shamsi, UAE's ambassador to Pakistan, told WAM that Afghan interior minister Ali Ahmed Jalali had briefed him on the progress of the Loya Jirga's discussions of Afghanistan's new constitution. Shamsi, who is also non-resident ambassador to Kabul, said he ...  >>MORE

RCS reaches out to Afghanistan flood victims

Posted on 29/06/2003

Kabul - The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, has embarked upon a charity campaign to assist the victims of flood, which recently hit the Takhar province in Afghanistan. The RCS office here has dispatched a convoy of trucks, loaded with relief supplies to the affected areas, about 700 kilometres north of Kabul. Tents, blankets, various food items and clothing were among the items dispatched for distribution to the affected people, including 200 families who were severely affected by the flood. ...  >>MORE

Afghan diplomat thanks UAE

Posted on 20/04/2003

Antique artefacts stolen from Afghanistan were discovered by Ras Al Khaimah Customs on a flight from Kabul which landed at the airport, a senior Afghan official told Gulf News yesterday. They were recovered and returned last week with the help of UAE authorities. Rashid D. Mohammedi, Charge D'affaires at the Afghan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said the ancient artefacts included two busts of Buddha and Akhaminishi, writing tools and other objects. The 19 artefacts were being smuggled by a European ...  >>MORE

UNDP pays tribute to UAE

Posted on 18/12/2002

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has praised the UAE for its endeavour to improve standards of living of the Afghan people. In a meeting here today Shah Mohammed Ghazi, the UNDP Coordinator, discussed with Abdullah Al Mahamoud, the Project Director at the Red Crescent Society (RCS), joint cooperation and coordination and effective means to alleviate suffering of the Afghan people. Ghazi expressed gratitude over RCS role in helping Afghan refugees return to their home country ...  >>MORE

Kabul hails UAE role in freeing Pakistanis

Posted on 30/11/2002

Afghanistan has expressed appreciation at the "constructive role" played by the UAE government in the release of a number of Pakistanis who had entered the country illegally during the Taliban rule. A group of 87 Pakistani prisoners held in Afghanistan were released earlier this week and turned over to the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, sources told Gulf News. The prisoners were the third batch to be set free by Afghan security agencies on humanitarian grounds, as part of the ongoing process of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed meets Afghan counterpart, opens new hotel

Posted on 25/10/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, held talks today with Afghan Defence Minister General Mohammed Fahim, over bilateral relations and regional peace. The Afghan official briefed Sheikh Mohammed on the current internal situation in his country and his government effort to reconstruct the country. Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated today the one million square metre Vermont hotel. The 34-storey hotel has 396 suites and 120,000 square ...  >>MORE

Zayed reassures Karzai of continued support

Posted on 30/09/2002

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan assured Afghan President Hamid Karzai of the UAE's continuing involvement in the reconstruction of Afghanistan yesterday at a meeting in Al Bahar palace. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, were present at the meeting. "There has been an encouraging ...  >>MORE

Mohammed foundation to fund vital Afghan projects

Posted on 22/07/2002

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, in conjunction with other charitable organisations, will fund the construction of five new housing units and two factories for the production of prosthetic limbs in Afghanistan, as well as a number of other vital projects, at a total cost of Dh11.34 million. The foundation will also fund the construction of two factories for the production of prosthetic limbs, one in Kandahar and another in Kabul. Each factory ...  >>MORE

UAE extends assistance to Afghan schools and universities

Posted on 26/05/2002

Islamabad - The UAE Red Crescent Society today delivered text books, stationery and furniture to schools and universities in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. More than 4000 students will benefit from the assistance delivered to Province's Governor Haji Abdul Qadeer by Ali Al Za'abi, Director of the Society's Office in Afghanistan. Afghani officials thanked President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for such humanitarian gesture and his continued support for the Afghan people. (The ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan hopes to benefit from UAE experience on infrastructure

Posted on 16/04/2002

The Afghan interim government is hoping to gain from the UAE experience of infrastructure building for the reconstruction of their war-ravaged country. Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the interim Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, told Gulf News: "I think the UAE can play a pivotal role in the reconstruction of the country." Elaborating on the UAE partnership in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, Dr Abdullah said: "A vibrant economy, a system which is a success model that has changed the lives of people ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan women grateful to Sheikha Fatima's generosity

Posted on 03/04/2002

Hasina Sher Jan, Chairwoman of Free Afghanistan Women, today lauded H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, President's wife and Chairwoman of the UAE Women's Association, for her generous assistance to Afghanistan's widows, Orphans, and the handicapped. During a meeting with Sanaa Al Kutbi, Secretary General of the UAE Red Crescent Society, Jan said that Sheikha Fatima's charitable self had left a great impression in the people of Afghanistan. She lauded the continued campaigns of UAE Red Crescent ...  >>MORE

Afghan bank opens normal UAE account

Posted on 28/03/2002

The Central Bank of Afghanistan has opened a bank account in the UAE, having fulfilled various stipulations of the UAE Central Bank, the governor, Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, has confirmed. "The Central Bank of Afghanistan opened a normal account a few days ago. It can be a dollar account, dirham or any currency account," he told Gulf News. Asked if UAE is extending any credit to Afghanistan, he said "at this point of time, none has been extended." Earlier, in his keynote address at a ...  >>MORE

Zayed condoles Karzai on earthquake victims

Posted on 27/03/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of condolences to Chairman of Afghan interim government Hamid Karzai on the victims of the earthquake which recently hit Afghanistan. H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar cables to the Afghan leader. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Consular services for Afghans begin

Posted on 14/03/2002

The Afghan Embassy in Abu Dhabi began consular and visa services from 12 March. The new Charge d'Affaires is Rashid Uddin Mohammedi. Over 70,000 Afghans live in the UAE. The embassy closed in September 2000, when the UAE severed its ties with the Taliban, for the regime's involvement in international terrorism. Diplomatic relations between the two countries began in August 1974, and resumed when Hamid Karzai visited the UAE on official business on February 11, 2001. The embassy in the ...  >>MORE

UAE honours Afghan women

Posted on 14/03/2002

In line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife and President of the UAE General Women's Union, GWU, and under close supervision of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the UAE Embassy in Afghanistan has honoured 260 working Afghan women in the interim Afghan government on the occasion of the World Woman Day, WWD. Ali Mohammed Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan told ...  >>MORE

UAE Armed Forces donates vehicles to Afghanistan

Posted on 07/03/2002

The UAE Armed Forces donated 100 vehicles, including transport trucks, water tankers and ambulances, to the Afghan interim government on 5 March in line with the instructions of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as part of the UAE's continuing contribution in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. ...  >>MORE

Afghan embassy reopens in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/02/2002

During his visit to the UAE, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan interim leader, restarted official diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and the UAE by reopening the Afghan embassy on 11 February in Abu Dhabi. The UAE stopped diplomatic relations with Afghanistan in September 2001, when the government severed relations with the former Taliban regime for its involvement in international terrorism. The new ambassador will be Haji Rashid Uddin, the brother-in-law of assassinated Ahmed Shah Masood, ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan’s Karzai visits UAE

Posted on 14/02/2002

Afghanistan's interim leader Hamid Karzai arrived in the UAE on 10 February to give a speech at a conference hosted by the Abu Dhabi based Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies. He said ‘We are here to rebuild ties. The UAE is a neighbouring country and a Muslim country that supported Afghanistan and stood behind us during the Afghan jihad against Soviet occupation'. ‘This visit is part of our policy to expand and strengthen relations with our neighbouring countries,' said Karzai. Karzai ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan's Ariana airline resumes flights to Sharjah

Posted on 14/02/2002

An Afghanistan Ariana plane arrived at Sharjah from Kabul on 11 February, the second international flight by the airline since October 2001. The carrier will resume daily cargo flights to Sharjah, and will also operate a weekly passenger flight. http://www.sharjah.gov.ae http://www.shj-airport.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan's Ariana restarts Sharjah flights

Posted on 12/02/2002

Afghanistan formally signalled it has embarked upon the road to reconstruction and redevelopment when the country's flag-carrier Ariana had flight AFG407 touching down at Sharjah International Airport yesterday after taking off from Kabul. This is only the second international flight undertaken by the airline since October 2001; the first on Sunday was to ferry envoys to New Delhi. Effective today, the carrier intends to resume daily cargo flights to Sharjah, apart from one weekly ...  >>MORE

UAE aid plane arrives in Kabul

Posted on 16/01/2002

Kabul, Jan. 16, 2002 (WAM) A UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) aid plane landed here today as part of its airbridge to help the Afghan people. The plane, the 19th of its kind, was carrying tonnes of foodstuff, dates and other relief items. Since the break out of war in Afghanistan, the RCS has airlifted thousands of tonnes of relief supplies to refugee camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE to help in reconstruction of Afghanistan

Posted on 10/01/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, confirmed on 6 January at a meeting with General Mohammed Fahim, Vice President and Defence Minister of Afghanistan's provisional government that the UAE will play a leading role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Fahim praised President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for extending humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, noting that the UAE had always played a leading and constructive role in ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to Afghanistan stability and development: Zayed

Posted on 08/01/2002

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on Monday received Defence Minister of Afghanistan's provisional government Mohammed Fahim. They reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and efforts being exerted to achieve security and stability after two decades of wars. Sheikh Zayed said the UAE was ready to participate in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. He also expressed the hope that the new Afghan leadership would succeed in working for the well-being of the Afghan people. ...  >>MORE

A photo show on Afghanistan

Posted on 08/01/2002

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works will organise a photo exhibition on Afghan tragedy at Dubai Press Club from January 8 to 10. Held under the theme "Afghanistan : A wound of humanity”, the event is being organised in collaboration with the Abdullah Murad Groups and local newspapers. The show would feature 48 photos shot by local media photographers while they were covering critical events at the Foundation's camp. The exhibition is aimed at ...  >>MORE

RCS inoculates Afghan Children against measles

Posted on 08/01/2002

Chaman, Jan.8, 2002 (WAM) Afghan children in the refugee camp of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, here are being vaccinated against measles by the RCS in collaboration with the Medicine Sans Frontier, MSF. According to Dr. Mufleh Hamad Al Kutbi, Member of the RCS mission, who is the RCS refugee camp doctor, the programme is a precautionary and preventive measure owing to the condition at the camp, which is situated in a remote area, with no medical facilities to tackle the disease or any ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan in a new dress under globalisation

Posted on 23/12/2001

Abu Dhabi, Dec. 23, 2001 (WAM) The new government in Afghanistan is facing daunting challenges of bringing peace and security and rebuilding the war -ravaged country amid latent risks of internal conflicts, the UAE press said today. The papers reported that Hamid Karzai, 44, was sworn in yesterday as leader of Afghanistan in the first peaceful hand over of power in 28 years. He takes office today as the chairman of Afghanistan's interim administration, which is due to run for six months after ...  >>MORE

UAE envoy attends Afghan government inauguration ceremony

Posted on 23/12/2001

Kabul: The United Arab Emirates took part here today in the swearing in ceremony of the new Afghan interim government, headed by Hamid Karzai. The UAE was represented at the ceremony by Ali Mohammed Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan. During a meeting with Karzai, the UAE envoy conveyed the congratulations of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the nomination of the new interim government, wishing Karzai success in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Karzai asked the ...  >>MORE

Defuse the refugee bomb, UAE daily

Posted on 21/12/2001

(WAM) 'The Afghan refugee crisis is poised to assume epic proportions. Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday that more than two million Afghans were waiting outside Pakistan's border to cross over,' said the daily 'The Gulf Today.' 'With the US-led war expected to continue with no definite time frame, Pakistan is now caught in the middle of a gigantic humanitarian problem. Unless concrete steps are taken immediately, the crisis could snowball into a disaster worse than ...  >>MORE

US should provide more evidence: UAE daily

Posted on 18/12/2001

(WAM) The American government last week released an hour-long video of Osama bin Laden talking about the attack on the World Trade Centre and how he hoped for the destruction which resulted. It is a chilling performance, in which two men calmly discuss one of the world's most horrific attacks, treating it as a successful project. It is a shocking insight into bin Laden's thinking said the daily 'Gulf News' in an editorial today. 'However, this video should not be the sum total of the U.S. ...  >>MORE

Arab Gulf states offer strong backing to anti-terror drive

Posted on 16/12/2001

(WAM) A UAE newspaper today praised the Arab Gulf states' effort to back the global anti-terrorism campaign, especially at humanitarian and financial levels. The Dubai-based 'Gulf News' gave special credit to the UAE and Saudi Arabia for taking the lead in drafting regulations aimed at starving terrorist group of funds. 'The Arab Gulf states have been strong supporters of the worldwide coalition against terror right from the start. While they have not been part of the military action, they have ...  >>MORE

UAE hails agreement between Afghan factions

Posted on 08/12/2001

The UAE on Wednesday expressed its hope that the agreement between Afghan factions to form an interim government would be the beginning for a national reconciliation. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Wednesday telephoned UN special envoy on Afghanistan Lakhdar Ibrahimi to congratulate him on the success of the UN-sponsored conference on Afghanistan. Sheikh Hamdan praised Ibrahimi for his relentless efforts to narrow differences among the Afghan ...  >>MORE

First baby born at refugee camp

Posted on 07/12/2001

(WAM) The UAE refugee camp in Pakistan witnessed today the first delivery of a baby girl. Parents agreed to name her Fatima after H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President's Wife and Chairwoman of the UAE Women's Federation, in recognition of the UAE humanitarian efforts to help Afghan people at their plight. Father of the baby said that the assistance offered to them by the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) had alleviated their suffering of homeless, poverty, hunger and cold. ' The RCS has come ...  >>MORE

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UAE pledges US$ 250 million for reconstruction in Afghanistan: Abdullah bin Zayed


UAE's peace mission to war-torn Afghanistan


UAE builds schools, clinics and mosques in Afghanistan


Abdullah reiterates UAE's support for Afghanistan


Meeting of special envoys for Afghanistan and Pakistan kicks off


Khalifa Foundation, GAIN ink agreement on reducing deaths, disabilities associated with nutritional deficiencies in Afghanistan


Khalifa Foundation, UNICEF to promote education for children in Afghanistan


Khalifa Foundation, Oxfam join forces to launch relief programme in Afghanistan


UAE Diplomat injured in Kabul


UAE backs efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan


RCS reaches out to Afghanistan flood victims


Afghan diplomat thanks UAE


UNDP pays tribute to UAE


Kabul hails UAE role in freeing Pakistanis


Mohammed meets Afghan counterpart, opens new hotel


Zayed reassures Karzai of continued support


Mohammed foundation to fund vital Afghan projects


UAE extends assistance to Afghan schools and universities


Afghanistan hopes to benefit from UAE experience on infrastructure


Afghanistan women grateful to Sheikha Fatima's generosity


Afghan bank opens normal UAE account


Zayed condoles Karzai on earthquake victims


Consular services for Afghans begin


UAE honours Afghan women


UAE Armed Forces donates vehicles to Afghanistan


Afghan embassy reopens in Abu Dhabi


Afghanistan’s Karzai visits UAE


Afghanistan's Ariana airline resumes flights to Sharjah


Afghanistan's Ariana restarts Sharjah flights


UAE aid plane arrives in Kabul


UAE to help in reconstruction of Afghanistan


UAE committed to Afghanistan stability and development: Zayed


A photo show on Afghanistan


RCS inoculates Afghan Children against measles


Afghanistan in a new dress under globalisation


UAE envoy attends Afghan government inauguration ceremony


Defuse the refugee bomb, UAE daily


US should provide more evidence: UAE daily


Arab Gulf states offer strong backing to anti-terror drive


UAE hails agreement between Afghan factions


First baby born at refugee camp