Kuwait presses Obama on Gitmo detainees

Updated 15 September 2013

Kuwait presses Obama on Gitmo detainees

WASHINGTON: Kuwait’s ruler said Friday he asked President Barack Obama to speed the process of releasing two countrymen held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Obama earlier this year announced a renewed effort to close the facility, a goal he originally set at the beginning of his presidency in 2009, saying its existence has darkened America’s image abroad while costing the US tens of millions of dollars that could be better spent at home. Congress thus far has thwarted his efforts.
Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah said he discussed the continued detention of the Kuwaiti detainees with Obama during an Oval Office meeting “and asked President Obama to speed up the process of releasing them in line with the president’s commitment of closing down Guantanamo.”
Obama did not mention Guantanamo during remarks by both leaders to the media after the meeting. The civil war in Syria topped the list of discussion points, Obama said, adding that they also talked about peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Iraq and other regional economic issues.


UAE completes 39 evacuations of citizens from abroad amid coronavirus crisis

Updated 14 min 33 sec ago

UAE completes 39 evacuations of citizens from abroad amid coronavirus crisis

  • The ministry is preparing 25 more flights to repatriate Emiratis
  • UAE nationals can register on a website to be evacuated

DUBAI: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has repatriated 1,743 nationals who had become stranded abroad because of the coronavirus crisis, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
The operation has so far involved 39 flights, with a further 25 to follow in the next few days despite the grounding of most of the world’s airlines, Undersecretary of the ministry Khaled Abdullah Belhoul said.
Emiratis abroad who wish to return home need to register online through the website, https://www.research.net/r/mofa-nat, to be included in future evacuation trips.
Meanwhile, the UAE has also cooperated with Iraqi and German authorities to help them repatriate their own nationals from the country.