UAE condemns Somali authorities for holding a passenger plane in Somalia

File photo for a plane on the tarmac of Mogadishu airport, Somalia, Jan 27, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 10 April 2018
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UAE condemns Somali authorities for holding a passenger plane in Somalia

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has condemned Somali authorities for holding an Emirati-registered private passenger plane in Mogadishu airport on Sunday. 
The authorities also commandeered cash from the plane that was destined to help security forces in Mogadishu. 
The plane was carrying 47 soldiers from UAE and was delayed for several hours. During that time, armed Somali security officers boarded the plane and allegedly "badly treated" the passengers while they took cash that was part of funds dedicated to help Somalia according to an MoU between the UAE and Somali government. 
The government of the UAE has condemned this illegal behavior in Mogadishu, stating that it breaks international law. 
In a statement, the UAE Foreign Ministry said: “This illegal step is in contravention to diplomatic international practices between nations”, and is considered a breach of the MoU.  

 


Berlin backs Macron’s Iran plan

In our view this agreement should be maintained, Merkel said. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Berlin backs Macron’s Iran plan

  • Merkel will discuss Iran with Trump on a visit on Friday
  • Macron acknowledged that he does not know what Trump will decide

BERLIN, PARIS: Proposals presented by French President Emmanuel Macron on Iran’s nuclear deal are based on the existing international agreement but would add some new elements, a senior German official said on Thursday.

Speaking before Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump, the official said: “The premise of Macron’s proposal is that the agreement remains in its existing form and additional elements come on top.” The official added: “In our view this agreement should be maintained.”

Trump has said he is not happy with the 2015 accord and may pull out of it. 

Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani insisted the deal cannot be changed or built on. 

The plan announced during Macron’s trip is part of European efforts to persuade Trump not to abandon the accord next month.

Merkel will discuss Iran with Trump on a visit on Friday.

The French president has meanwhile defended discussions with Trump for a new plan to curb Iranian nuclear weapons. Speaking to reporters before leaving Washington on Wednesday night, Macron said the new four-pronged agreement would be a “very important complement” to the existing 2015 accord.

Macron insisted on the importance of talking to all sides, including Iran ally Russia, and said the world should not force anything on Iran. He acknowledged that he does not know what Trump will decide.