US security chief Bolton in UAE for ‘regional’ talks

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US National Security Adviser John Bolton holds talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. (WAM)
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US National Security Adviser John Bolton holds talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. (WAM)
Updated 12 November 2018
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US security chief Bolton in UAE for ‘regional’ talks

ABU DHABI: US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks on Monday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on regional issues and the fight against “terrorism,” state media said.
Bolton’s visit comes as international pressure mounts to end the war in Yemen, where government loyalists backed by an Arab-led coalition, including Emirati forces, are battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.


Government forces, led on the ground by Emirati-backed troops, have made their way into Hodeidah after 11 days of clashes.
Ahead of the trip to the UAE, Bolton said in a tweet he was “looking forward to meeting with our friends in the UAE to discuss important regional issues.”
WAM state news agency said the talks focused on “cooperation between the two countries in several fields, as well as issues of concern to both countries.”
Bolton and Sheikh Mohammed, who is also deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, “exchanged views on several regional and international issues” and also discussed “international efforts and cooperation to confront terrorism and terrorist groups,” the agency reported.


Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

Updated 20 February 2019
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Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have arrested 19 Palestinians as clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
Police say dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest Tuesday, attempting to breach a section of the compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for years.
Palestinian medics reported that several protesters were injured in the standoff.
The incident follows a similar scuffle on Monday in which Palestinians tried to break the gate that Israel placed on the closed area last week.
The compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Any trace of Israeli security interference in the shrine, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, can ignite violence.