Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed heads to Germany

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictures) during his visit. (File/WAM/AFP)
Updated 12 June 2019

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed heads to Germany

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed began a two-day official visit to Germany on Tuesday.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohamed will meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two sides will discuss ways of boosting cooperation and friendly relations across various fields.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed will also meet with senior German officials along with a number of representatives of German companies.


OIC members call for action against Israel over Jordan Valley annexation

Updated 22 min 37 sec ago

OIC members call for action against Israel over Jordan Valley annexation

  • Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki warns dispute with Israel is now religious conflict
  • Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Assaf calls on international community to shoulder its responsibilities

DUBAI: Members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have condemned Israel for its continued plans to annex more parts of Palestine.

Speaking at an emergency meeting in Jeddah, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Assaf called on the international community to “shoulder its responsibilities’ regarding the “ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.”

“We condemn the dangerous escalation by the Israeli Prime Minister,” Al-Assaf added.                  

And he said that any announcements or actions on the matter by Israel were “null and void.”

The minister’s remarks came in response to the recent announcement on Sept. 8, by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he intended to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s pledge, widely viewed as an attempt to attract hardline right-wing votes in next week’s Israeli elections, was also condemned by the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the UN, the EU, Jordan, Turkey and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.

“We condemn Israel’s continued attempt to change the historical identity of Palestine,” OIC Secretary General, Yousef Al-Othaimeen told the emergency meeting on Sunday.

And he added: “We call on the international community to put an end to Israel’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki warned the meeting that the dispute with Israel had become a religious conflict because of its violations.

And he described the announcement regarding the Jordan Valley as a “serious threat.”

“Netanyahu’s announcement of its intention to include the Jordan Valley undermines international agreements and resolutions,” Al-Maliki added.