Mohammed bin Zayed holds talks with King Abdullah, Tunisian President

Mohammed bin Zayed holds talks with King Abdullah, Tunisian President

Kuwait: His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed here yesterday with H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan adequate mechanisms for strengthening relations between the UAE and Jordan.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the International Donors Conference for Syria, took stock of the latest regional and international developments, including the situation in Syria. The two sides stressed the need of mobilising international efforts to provide relief and assistance to the Syrian refugees. Topics on the agenda of the donor conference were also discussed during the meeting.

King Abdullah told WAM that he was satisfied with the deep joint consultation and understanding between the UAE and Jordan.

''We are absolutely satisfied with the regular consultation with brothers in the UAE regarding all issues, and, in particular, the Syrian file, whether with regards to relief and humanitarian scenes or the political developments,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed also held talks with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia on ways of enhancing bilateral relations in the service of the two brotherly peoples.

Sheikh Mohammed and the Tunisian head of state exchanged views on current events in the regional and international arenas with a focus on Syria. The two sides emphasised the importance of rallying international energies to halt the destruction in Syria, to put an end to the human tragedy being faced by the Syrian people within the country and abroad and to make every possible effort to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

UAE announces US$300 million in aid for displaced Syrians

Kuwait:  UAE has announced US$300 million as financial aid to support the humanitarian situation in Syria.

His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who is leading the UAE delegation made this announcement at the International Donors Conference for Syria, which opened yesterday in Kuwait by H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Amir of Kuwait to support the humanitarian situation.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "The UAE as per directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan initiated humanitarian work since the beginning of the events in Syria, to fulfil its responsibilities in providing relief to the Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries."

The UAE high-profile delegation includes H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister, Dr. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, the Under Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, the Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs, and the UAE Ambassador to Kuwait, Ali Ahmad bin Shakir Al-Zaabi.

In his speech to the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed said: '' The UAE has participated in all efforts meant to help the brotherly Syrian people and has supported the Arab and International initiatives aimed at putting an end to the tragedy and sufferings as well as achieving their legitimate aspirations in free and decent life," adding that the UAE's announcement yesterday is a continuation of UAE support to the Syrians.' Referring to the horrific events experienced by Syria and the human tragedy witnessed by the people of the country, the Crown Prince said that they were "Immense and Terrible'' by all accounts" and that "the daily destruction in Syria has stirred human emotions and put a great challenge to the international conscience.'' "The plight of civilians in Syria is a test for the legitimate, humanitarian and moral responsibility of the international community to secure protection for them,'' he added.

He stressed the importance of rallying international and regional efforts to secure the humanitarian needs of the displaced Syrians, providing immediate relief that can reach the eligible refugees and others who are affected by the extreme cold this winter.

He went on to thank the Emir of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, for his generous initiative and his organisation of the conference, noting his personal efforts in the humanitarian field and assisting the needy.

He conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his best wishes to the Emir of Kuwait and to other participants as well as his hopes that the conference would succeed in achieving its humanitarian goals.

He also praised the role of Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon in calling for the holding of the conference and his relentless efforts in rallying international support to secure the needs of the Syrian people.

Sheikh Mohammed concluded: '' The grave responsibility of the international community in rescue of the Syrian people comes from its legitimate, humanitarian and moral commitments." "Now," he said, "is the time to fulfil these commitments," referring that this is the time of fulfilling these commitments." - Emirates News Agency, WAM

UAE takes part in African Union's Summit and Donors Conference on Mali

Addis Ababa: The UAE took part in the 20th African Union Summit, held between January 21-29 under the theme "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance", as observer state.

The UAE's participation in the Summit is based on its interest in enhancing and expanding its partnerships with the African Union member states as well as in realising common interests and opening up new venues for economic, trade and investment relations, Minister of State Ibrahim Al Hashimy, who led the UAE's delegation to the Summit, said.

Al Hashimy also led the UAE's delegation to the Donors' Conference on Mali, co-organised in the Ethiopian capital by the AU and the United Nations.

In her intervention at the conference, the minister emphasised the UAE's respect to the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Mali and called for respecting international resolutions and for working towards rejecting extremism and eliminating terrorism in the African country.

She expressed the UAE's solidarity with the Malian government in these difficult circumstances.

The UAE joined the African Union as observer member in March 2011.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the minister met presidents, vice-presidents and foreign ministers.

The UAE's delegation to the two meetings included Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Ambassador Tareq Ahmed Al-Hedan, Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Dr. Yousuf Eissa Hasan Al-Saberi.  - Emirates News Agency, WAM


UAE's initiatives under Khalifa's leadership make a difference in human development, says Sheikh Hamdan

The humanitarian initiatives launched by the UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan make a difference in human development and protecting human dignity in underprivileged regions and fragile communities, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

"The UAE founded a unique approach to countering the consequences of humanitarian disasters and crises", Sheikh Hamdan said in a statement on the Red Crescent Authority's 30th anniversary which will be celebrated tomorrow Thursday.

He noted that the UAE's humanitarian initiatives were launched upon directives and follow-up by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He called governments, organisations and individuals to take shoulder their responsibilities in the best possible way "as responsibility means solidarity for the protection of human dignity." "The UAE took interest in generously giving for the weak and underprivileged people, and its leadership consolidated the foundations of the country's humanitarian work," he said.

"The people of the UAE look towards playing an active role to achieve the goals of RCA." "This humanitarian legacy would not have been possible without the sincerity, faith and farsightedness of the late founding fathers of the nation's humanitarian work," he said.

"In the thirty years since its inception, RCA has taken up the responsibility of conveying the UAE's message of peace and love to all the suffering peoples of the world. I am completely confident that this march will go forward on the same path based on the same rich legacy of our founding fathers," Sheikh Hamdan concluded. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


UAE launches 16th Environment Day

Under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Environment and Water launched yesterday the 16th Environment Day under the theme ''Desert Pulsing with Life''.

A total of 27 major entities and stakeholders, including the International Fund for Houbara Conservation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare will come together to mark the national event.

''The Environment Day is a spectacular national activity through which we renew our commitment to exert more efforts to conserve and protect our environment and reach sustainable development goals, which form the essence of the UAE Vision 2021,'' Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, told a press conference he held to announce details of celebrations.

The day, he added, plays an instrumental role in heightening environmental awareness of the community and engagement of public and private institutions in the Day's activities and programmes were increasing year by year.

These institutions, he noted had come forward willing to advance efforts aimed at conserving the environment and reducing their environmental footprint.

For the third running year, he said, the UAE is marking the day under the theme ''Deserts pulsing with Life,'', to demonstrate the attention desert environments elicit in our indigenous heritage and development policy and in our national sentiment.

This theme was underpinned by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who has said: ''Development of the desert environment is constitutes a key element of the UAE Vision 2021 and the government strategy as a genuine component of our heritage and social and cultural history. Deepening awareness about its importance, conservation of its sources and ensuring its sustainable development are core part of national responsibility.'' Throughout February, organisers will conduct a rich line-up of activities and events to commemorate the day. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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