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Many international organisations lack efficiency, capacity to respond effectively to situations they face, UN chief tells WGS

Posted on 14/02/2017

Reform is needed to reconcile people with political establishments, said Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, in keynote speech during the World Government Summit held in Dubai and attended by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Guterres - who also served as Prime Minister of Portugal between 1995 and 2002 and as UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015 - noted that although ...  >>MORE

Al Bowardi heads UAE delegation at meeting of NATO Defence Ministers

Posted on 11/07/2016

WARSAW: Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, has led a high-level UAE military delegation participating in the meeting of the NATO Defence Ministers, which began on Friday and concluded yesterday in the Polish capital, Warsaw, with the participation of more than 53 states. The UAE's delegation comprised a number of senior officers and officials of the Ministry of Defence. The conference touched on a number of important issues, including security challenges ...  >>MORE

Al Bowardi, NATO Deputy Secretary-General discuss cooperation

Posted on 09/07/2016

ABU DHABI, 8th July 2016 (WAM) --- Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) yesterday met to discuss ways of promoting cooperation relations between the UAE and the organisation. During the meeting which took place on the fringe of a meeting of ministers of defence of NATO allies and partner nations, the pair also discussed security issues, developments in ...  >>MORE

UAE to participate in meeting of NATO Defence Ministers on Friday

Posted on 08/07/2016

WARSAW: The UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, arrived this evening in the Polish capital, Warsaw, heading a high-level UAE military delegation comprising a number of senior officers and officials of the Ministry of Defence, to take part in the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, which will begin on Friday and last for two days. More than 28 countries will attend the meeting. Al Bowardi was received upon arrival at the Warsaw Airport by Dr. Youssef Issa ...  >>MORE

Head of UAE mission to NATO presents credentials to alliance's chief

Posted on 19/02/2016

BRUSSELS: UAE's Ambassador Saeed Obaid Al Kaabi on Wednesday presented his credentials as Head of the UAE Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of the alliance. He conveyed greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and ...  >>MORE

NATO secretary-general receives outgoing UAE's permanent representative to NATO

Posted on 29/08/2015

BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, has received the UAE's Permanent Representative to NATO, Mohammed Ali Al Naqbi, on the expiry of his tenure. The NATO chief expressed thanks and appreciation for the UAE for its active engagement in peace keeping and security operations in different parts of the world. He wished Al Naqbi success in his future assignment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed participates in NATO FMs meeting in Brussels

Posted on 04/12/2014

BRUSSELS: UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan led the country's delegation to the meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO member states, which was held today in Brussels. The meeting, which was also attended by the representatives of the coalition of countries against Da'esh, discussed mechanisms of putting up collective efforts to defeat Dae'sh, boosting the means to face global challenges and assessing the current situation in Iraq. The meeting was attended by ...  >>MORE

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls on governments and business to take meaningful action to mitigate impact of climate change

Posted on 07/05/2014

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, officially closed climate change discussions in Abu Dhabi yesterday (Monday) with a rallying cry to governments and business to take meaningful action to mitigate the impact of climate change. Hailing the Abu Dhabi Ascent as a success, he said the meeting was a critical step forward on the way to forging a consensus on how to tackle climate change. The Abu Dhabi Ascent was a special two-day, high level meeting convened by the United Nations Secretary General ...  >>MORE

Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood participates in UN meeting

Posted on 17/03/2014

New York, NY: Reem Abdullah Eisa Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has stressed the council's pursuit towards coordinating and developing its cooperation with international organisations, particularly those of the United Nations, concerned with issues of childhood and motherhood. During the UAE delegation's participation in the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, being held from 10th to 21st March at United Nations ...  >>MORE

UAE mission opened at NATO HQ

Posted on 14/04/2013

Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan opened the headquarters of the UAE mission at the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Friday. Nohammed Ali Al Naqbi, head of the UAE Mission at the NATO, was also present. The UAE is the first Arab and Gulf country to have a mission at the NATO headquarters. Shaikh Abdullah and the delegation accompanying him were received by UN Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow. The opening of the UAE mission ...  >>MORE

UAE lauds progress in Chemical Weapons Convention

Posted on 10/04/2013

The Hague: UAE's Assistant Foreign Secretary for Military and Security Affairs Fares Mohamed Al Mazrouei has lauded the progress made in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) since the 2nd Review Conference. Addressing the 3rd Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which opened yesterday in the Hague, Al Mazrouei said the CWC managed to monitor implementation national obligations in the state parties, including destruction of almost ...  >>MORE

NATO delegation hails Sheikha Fatima's women empowerment efforts

Posted on 22/03/2013

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) delegation has extended thanks and appreciation to H. H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Chairwoman of Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for her support to Emirati woman in the field of education and securing job opportunities in all walks of life. During the NATO delegation's visit to the GWU today, the delegation lauded the efforts ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in UNESCO's meeting on 'Malala'

Posted on 15/12/2012

The UAE has participated in a high level advocacy event held at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris Headquarters under the theme '"Stand up for Malala -- Girls' education is a right!" Organized by UNESCO and the Government of Pakistan, it aimed to accelerate political action to ensure every girl's right to go to school, and to advance girls' education as an urgent priority. Dr. Maytha Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State led the state delegation ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed stresses UAE's keenness on promoting peace in Afghanistan

Posted on 23/05/2012

Chicago - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has stressed that the UAE is seeking to promote peace through direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Addressing a meeting of NATO leaders and leaders of 19 countries participating in the ISAF, he stressed that the UAE's commitment to back transferring security responsibility to the Afghans as Afghan security forces are moving to take over the leadership. Sheikh Abdullah expressed his thanks ...  >>MORE

NATO stresses importance of partnership and cooperation with UAE

Posted on 23/05/2012

Chicago - The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has stressed the importance of partnership with the United Arab Emirates under the "Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)" and within "ISAF" forces operating in Afghanistan. Nicola De Santis, NATO Public Diplomacy Division Coordinator expressed alliance appreciation for the UAE and its political leadership for their fruitful cooperation. In a statement to Emirates News Agency (WAM), on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Chicago he said ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation to NATO summit in Chicago

Posted on 20/05/2012

Chicago - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, will lead the UAE delegation to the talks with NATO leaders as part of the NATO's 25th summit in Chicago, USA, on Sunday. Sheikh Abdullah will join heads of state and leaders from 60 participating countries. The two-day summit will be the largest since the NATO establishment 60 years ago. At the Chicago Summit, 20-21 May 2012, NATO will drive forward key principles and policies that will shape the Alliance of 2020 and ...  >>MORE

Gargash praises UAE-NATO strong relations

Posted on 16/02/2012

Brussels - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash addressed yesterday a seminar held at the NATO HQ in Brussels to discuss ways of deepening cooperation among members of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and the NATO, ahead of NATO's Chicago Summit in March. Dr Gargash emphasised the need to confront security challenges in the Gulf region and the importance of coordinating efforts to ensure peace and stability in the Gulf. He said the UAE's decision to ...  >>MORE

UAE cements ties with NATO

Posted on 23/05/2011

It is unquestionable that the UAE's move to become the first Arab country to send an ambassador to NATO is an important step and a key development for the country as it is reflective of the role it has taken on as a developing nation, commented Gulf News. "We're very happy that the UAE is to become the first Arab country to open an embassy at NATO", said Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslow Sikorski. By having such an ambassador, the UAE is cementing its ties with the trans-Atlantic alliance. ...  >>MORE

UAE to be first Arab country with NATO embassy: Poland

Posted on 19/05/2011

Warsaw - The UAE is to make a landmark move, becoming the first Arab country to send an ambassador to NATO, Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said Wednesday. "We're very happy that the UAE is to become the first Arab country to open an embassy at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation," Sikorski told reporters after talks with Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister. Accrediting an ambassador to NATO is a key step for countries seeking to cement ties with the ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed holds talks with NATO, ISAF leaders

Posted on 22/11/2010

Lisbon - UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan held side talks with a number of NATO and ISAF leaders during the NATO Summit held in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on November 19-20. During the meetings, UAE's commitment to contribute to promoting peace and economic prosperity in Afghanistan was affirmed. The leaders along with the delegates whose countries participate in International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, expressed their appreciation for ...  >>MORE

UAE supports transition of responsibility to Afghan authorities: says Abdullah bin Zayed at NATO Summit

Posted on 21/11/2010

Lisbon - UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan underscored at the NATO Summit yesterday that the UAE supports the transition of increasing responsibility to the Afghan authorities and the Afghan security institutions. "This meeting represents a momentous step for Afghanistan in its recent history. Entering this new phase is testimony to the progress made by Afghans throughout the country. The UAE wishes to recognise the spirit of the Afghan population and its ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed partakes in NATO foreign ministers' meeting

Posted on 25/04/2010

Tallin, Estonia - Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan participated yesterday the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Tallinn, Estonia which was attended by 46 ministers. The meeting discussed means to support stability in Afghanistan and speeding up the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghanistan's national forces. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praised UAE's efforts in Afghanistan which he described as exceptional and inspirational. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

NATO officials hail UAE's active role in Istanbul Cooperation Initiative

Posted on 08/12/2009

Officials at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said that NATO's relations are becoming increasingly developed with the countries of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative and the Mediterranean Dialogue countries. They praised the active role played by the United Arab Emirates in the Initiative and hailed its humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, which have a positive impact in ensuring the prosperity and stability for the Afghan people. An official at the media division of the public ...  >>MORE

Nato hails UAE role in Afghanistan

Posted on 06/12/2009

Brussels - Nato officials praised the UAE's humanitarian role in Afghanistan in the field of rebuilding, relief and peacekeeping operations. Jean-François Bureau, assistant secretary general for Public Diplomacy, said Nato highly appreciates the UAE's role in Afghanistan which he described as a very important and effective role in extending humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. "The UAE presence within the ESAF forces affiliated to Nato is more important than financial and moral ...  >>MORE

NATO Secretary General receives Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 05/12/2009

Brussels - The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, received yesterday in his office UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is currently visiting Kingdom of Belgium. They discussed during the meeting cooperation between Nato and the UAE in the framework of Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and Isaf. Sheikh Abdullah reiterated keenness of the UAE to promote cooperation with Nato in different fields to boost regional ...  >>MORE

UAE important partner in NATO's ICI, says Rasmussen

Posted on 05/12/2009

Brussels - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday announced "positive outcome" from yesterday's meeting which brought together NATO foreign ministers and all 44 countries contributing to the ISAF ("ISAF (International Security Assistance Force). Rasmussen, in a press conference at NATO headquarters, said the outcome of today's meeting showed "solidarity in action" by the 44 countries now involved who he said are "absolutely united" towards the situation in Afghanistan. He ...  >>MORE

NATO official underlines partnership with UAE within ICI

Posted on 05/12/2009

Brussels - A senior official at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) underlined the current partnership with the UAE in the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), hailing Abu Dhabi's hosting of the alliance's International Conference on "NATO-UAE Relations and the Way Forward in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative", last October. The conference, held in Abu Dhabi on October 29th, provided an ideal chance for exchanging views with the UAE leadership on the current ...  >>MORE

NATO Spokesman hails UAE's adherence to values of justice, tolerance and equality

Posted on 05/12/2009

Brussels - NATO Spokesman James Appathurai said the participation of the UAE with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan is very important for the alliance. Answering a question addressed by Emirates News Agency (WAM ) during a press conference today at NATO headquarters in Brussels on the concrete results achieved by the UAE's participation in Afghanistan, Appathurai also said that the participation of UAE troops within ISAF affiliated with NATO in Afghanistan is ...  >>MORE

NATO Secretary General hails UAE's cooperation, role in Afghanistan

Posted on 04/12/2009

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hailed Abu Dhabi's hosting of the alliance's International Conference on "NATO-UAE Relations and the Way Forward in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative", last October. Rasmussen said he held "fruitful and positive talks" in October with Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and General H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid receives NATO Secretary General

Posted on 30/10/2009

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received at Zabeel Palace yesterday NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen and his accompanying delegation. Sheikh Mohammed and Rasmussen reviewed cooperation and coordination between the UAE and NATO's General Secretariat and ways to boost that cooperation in a way that serves international and regional peace and stability. Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by the NATO Secretary ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed addresses the International conference on NATO-UAE relations

Posted on 30/10/2009

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed A Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, has said that after joining Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) his country has made great efforts in order to improve collective security. "Since the UAE joined the ICI, we have made a great deal of efforts in order to improve collective security issues because we feel this is an exceptional framework for common initiatives in areas of defence to foster effort in regional and International level to combat terrorism and to take ...  >>MORE

NATO Secretary General hails role of UAE, stresses cooperation with Gulf Region

Posted on 30/10/2009

The Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has said that the security of Mediterranean and Gulf Region matters to NATO, reiterating the suggestion of two state solution for the Middle East problem. Addressing the NATO meeting, he added that real progress can be visible in that region if Palestine and Israel live together in peace. "Israel and Palestine should live side by side in peace and security. Palestinians stop violence and arms activity against Israel anywhere, and Israel to ...  >>MORE

NATO Parliamentary Assembly seminar in Abu Dhabi calls for stronger inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation

Posted on 11/10/2008

The two-day NATO Parliamentary Seminar on The Middle East and Global Challenges concluded yesterday its discussion forums in Abu Dhabi urging for greater inter-regional co-operation and dialogue to address concerns facing the region. Seminar participants agreed that additional work was still needed to reach greater awareness of the Istanbul Co-operation Initiative, which was launched at the 2004 NATO summit to build genuine partnerships between NATO nations and selected countries in the ...  >>MORE

UAE Foreign Minister holds talks with NATO MPs over peace and security issues

Posted on 10/10/2008

Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan received Wednesday night parliamentarians from 15 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) nations, who are currently interacting with the legislators from Middle Eastern and North African countries at a seminar on "The Middle East and Global Challenges”, being hosted by Abu Dhabi on October 8 and 9. Sheikh Abdullah lauded the existing joint cooperation between the UAE and NATO under the umbrella of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative ...  >>MORE

Gargash emphasizes UAE foreign policy commitment to diplomacy, negotiation and compassion

Posted on 09/10/2008

UAE Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs HE Dr. Anwar Gargash has stressed the need for consultation and cooperation in today's increasingly interconnected world. Dr. Gargash was addressing the opening session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on 'the Middle East and the Global Challenges' which took place in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The seminar was organised by NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group in cooperation of the UAE Ministry of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed receives NATO Secretary General

Posted on 27/01/2008

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Thursday at the Emirates Palace Hotel NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. They discussed NATO contribution to international peace keeping, regional developments, and means of consolidating peace and stability in the region. Present at the meeting were Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Armed forces Chief of Staff, and Yusuf Manaa Al ...  >>MORE

VP receives NATO Secretary General

Posted on 27/01/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received here Thursday Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. At the meeting held at Al Marmoum rest house this afternoon, they exchanged views on a number of issues pertaining to peace and security on regional and international levels and ways for supporting stability in the regions of conflict. Scheffer explained the role of NATO, an ...  >>MORE

NATO Chief discusses Alliance's role in Gulf region

Posted on 27/01/2008

Discussions are underway between NATO and the United Arab Emirates to establish cooperation in line with the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), disclosed the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. "The UAE maintains the tradition of exporting peace and humanitarian and charity works", de Hoop Scheffer said in an exclusive interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM). "The UAE also takes part in peace-keeping missions in Kosovo and ...  >>MORE

UAE is most active player in Istanbul Cooperation Initiative: NATO chief

Posted on 27/01/2008

As the most active player in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), the UAE leadership has an understanding of the challenges ahead and displays an interest in furthering cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), chief of the 26-member North American and European military alliance, acknowledged on Thursday. 'Even before the launch of the ICI, the UAE displayed strong cooperation with NATO in the Balkans during the 1990s. The UAE is the most active participant in the ICI, ...  >>MORE

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Many international organisations lack efficiency, capacity to respond effectively to situations they face, UN chief tells WGS


Al Bowardi heads UAE delegation at meeting of NATO Defence Ministers


Al Bowardi, NATO Deputy Secretary-General discuss cooperation


UAE to participate in meeting of NATO Defence Ministers on Friday


Head of UAE mission to NATO presents credentials to alliance's chief


NATO secretary-general receives outgoing UAE's permanent representative to NATO


Abdullah bin Zayed participates in NATO FMs meeting in Brussels


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls on governments and business to take meaningful action to mitigate impact of climate change


Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood participates in UN meeting


UAE mission opened at NATO HQ


UAE lauds progress in Chemical Weapons Convention


NATO delegation hails Sheikha Fatima's women empowerment efforts


UAE participates in UNESCO's meeting on 'Malala'


Abdullah bin Zayed stresses UAE's keenness on promoting peace in Afghanistan


NATO stresses importance of partnership and cooperation with UAE


Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation to NATO summit in Chicago


Gargash praises UAE-NATO strong relations


UAE cements ties with NATO


UAE to be first Arab country with NATO embassy: Poland


Abdullah bin Zayed holds talks with NATO, ISAF leaders


UAE supports transition of responsibility to Afghan authorities: says Abdullah bin Zayed at NATO Summit


Abdullah bin Zayed partakes in NATO foreign ministers' meeting


NATO officials hail UAE's active role in Istanbul Cooperation Initiative


Nato hails UAE role in Afghanistan


NATO Secretary General receives Abdullah bin Zayed


UAE important partner in NATO's ICI, says Rasmussen


NATO official underlines partnership with UAE within ICI


NATO Spokesman hails UAE's adherence to values of justice, tolerance and equality


NATO Secretary General hails UAE's cooperation, role in Afghanistan


Mohammed bin Rashid receives NATO Secretary General


Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed addresses the International conference on NATO-UAE relations


NATO Secretary General hails role of UAE, stresses cooperation with Gulf Region


NATO Parliamentary Assembly seminar in Abu Dhabi calls for stronger inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation


UAE Foreign Minister holds talks with NATO MPs over peace and security issues


Gargash emphasizes UAE foreign policy commitment to diplomacy, negotiation and compassion


Mohammed bin Zayed receives NATO Secretary General


VP receives NATO Secretary General


NATO Chief discusses Alliance's role in Gulf region


UAE is most active player in Istanbul Cooperation Initiative: NATO chief