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Abdullah bin Zayed hails UN Security Council role
in maintaining international peace and security

NEW YORK, 24th September, 2016 (WAM)--H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said that the UAE has unwavering faith in the role of the United Nations and its organs, especially the UN Security Council, in maintaining international peace and security. He added that the UAE expects the United Nations to play an effective role in addressing and resolving conflicts, and strengthening states� fortitude through a framework that ensures respect for the national sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs. In his statement at the General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, Sheikh Abdullah said, "Our region, which suffers from serious crises and conflicts, urgently needs a more effective method to confront these crises and disputes based on deep rooted solutions backed by the international community." Sheikh Abdullah said that countering terrorist groups is a right and duty of all states. However, "resorting to blindly placed laws that ignore the effective role played by a number of states in countering terrorism after the suffering of others, such as the US Congress JASTA, will lead to further arbitrary policies and destabilise the existing strong relationships between allies," he added. Following is the full text of the statement of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of United Arab Emirates before the General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 24 September, 2016: Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, Ministers and heads of delegations, "At the outset, I am pleased to congratulate Your Excellency on assuming the presidency of this session of the General Assembly, and would like to affirm the United Arab Emirates� support for your efforts during your term. I would also like to express my thanks and appreciation to your predecessor Mr. Mogens Lykketoft for his wise leadership of the last session. Mr. President, In our region and beyond, several countries are facing multiple crises and conflicts that ignited after 2011. We have witnessed a number of Arab countries including Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Somalia that have descended into internal fighting. At the same time, the Palestinian people's plight continues under the Israeli occupation without a just solution on the horizon that returns to the Palestinian people the rights, that were stripped of them, to establish their state on June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Furthermore, regional interference in Arab affairs, mainly perpetrated by Iran, the only country in the world with a constitution that explicitly calls for exporting its revolution, has aggravated conflicts in the region.

UAE marks the 50th anniversary of accession of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Turmoil facing the region calls for resolve and readiness to defend the homeland

ABU DHABI, 6th August, 2016 (WAM) -- As we mark the 50th anniversary of the accession as Ruler of Abu Dhabi of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on 6th August, 1966, an English language daily has today published a series of pictures that reveal his intense engagement with his people In these photographs released by the National Archives to commemorate the anniversary, the seeds of Sheikh Zayed's legacy are apparent. So often photographed among his people, it is a wonder, the paper says, that he found any time to sit at a desk. The National quotes the late Sheikh Zayed as saying, "We will be able to achieve in our bright future much more than what we were able to realise in our brief yesterday." It was, the paper said, as if he was gazing at the United Arab Emirates through a looking glass. "Looking back on that "brief yesterday", how remarkable that bright future was to become almost instantaneously: he was less than five years away from bringing together the emirates as a country, on December 2nd, 1971, at which point his nation-building took on a whole new momentum. "Expanding his community-building work as the Ruler's Representative of the Eastern Region, Sheikh Zayed laid the building blocks of the people's future well-being: schools and hospitals, roads and ports, land plots and oil refineries, even while extending the prosperity farther from home, through his many humanitarian projects abroad. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that what the region is witnessing in conflict, turmoil and wars, is a result of a growth in terrorist movements and foreign interventions, which are causing destruction and devastation, and, "Are placing upon us a historical responsibility that requires a show of resolve and readiness to defend the nation."


MEKNES: The United Arab Emirates, Guest of Honour at the 11th International Agriculture Show in Morocco, SIAM, which is being held in Meknes, has won the Best International Pavilion award at the event. Rashid Mohammed Khalfan Al Shariqi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, ADFCA, received the award during a banquet hosted by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco last night in Meknes, in the presence of Abdelilah Benkirane, Prime Minister of Morocco. Al Shariqi expressed his delight at winning the award as the Best International Pavilion in the in the exhibition, saying that this great success was accomplished thanks to the great support from 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 the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. � Emirates News Agency, WAM � Wojhati, the Roads and Transport Authority's journey planner, has helped thousands of commuters travel across the city, with 740,000 people using the system last year. The popularity of the planner improved following the launch of the Wojhati app which was launched in late 2013, increasing the use of the system by 47 per cent, from 505,000 users in 2013 to 740,000 users in 2014. "Having 740,000 users of Journey Planner last year indicates that the service is achieving its target of gaining customers' satisfaction, and articulates RTA's commitment to provide services compatible with the innovative drive advocated by the Government of Dubai,said Adel Shakeri, Director of Planning and Business Development at RTA's Public Transport Agency. He added that an update has been made to Wojhati app enabling Metro and bus users to figure out, via their smartphones, the names of stations they pass by during their travel aboard public transit modes.

UAE-Pakistani Friendship Road opens
PAKISTAN, 25th June, 2016 (WAM)---The UAE- Pakistani Friendship Road, funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development at cost of US$60.6 million, has been inaugurated in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. The move follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and follow up by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to provide the humanitarian and development aid to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan The UAE- Pakistani Friendship Road, with length of 72 km and width of 9 metres, is one of the biggest development projects in the tribal region, and links south and north of Waziristan regions. The project opened by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army, in the presence of, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (PAP), members of the project, senior Pakistani army officers, senior local government officials of the tribal areas, and tribal dignitaries.

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