UAE, Germany vow to continue joint fight against terrorism and extremism

UAE, Germany vow to continue joint fight against terrorism and extremism
The joint UAE-German statement was released on the occasion of the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to Germany, where he met Angela Merkel. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2019

UAE, Germany vow to continue joint fight against terrorism and extremism

UAE, Germany vow to continue joint fight against terrorism and extremism
  • During his visit, Sheikh Mohamed met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • UAE and Germany both expressed concern about growing tensions in the Middle East

BERLIN: The UAE and Germany vowed to continue their fight against terrorism and violent extremism — in all its forms, at both regional and international levels — in a joint statement released on Wednesday.
The statement was released on the occasion of the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to Germany.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohamed met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In the statement, the UAE and Germany both expressed concern about growing tensions in the Middle East and both called on Iran to play a “constructive role” in the region and “refrain from any escalatory steps,” as well as respecting sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of other countries.
The UAE and Germany agreed on the importance of all parties in the region refraining from any actions that could escalate existing tensions.
The two countries discussed the situation in Yemen and their support for the ongoing efforts by UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths. They also agreed that a military solution would not work in both Syria and Libya, calling the Syrian conflict a “priority for the international community as a whole” and the need for a “political solution” in Libya.
The close political, social and economic ties between the two countries were also discussed during the crown prince’s visit.


Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan

Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan
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Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan

Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan
  • Abbas issued a decree on Friday announcing plans for parliamentary elections in May and a presidential election in July
  • The elections would mark a major step toward reconciling the Palestinian rift between Fatah and Hamas

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday hosted the Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence chiefs to brief them on plans to hold the first Palestinian elections in 14 years.
Abbas issued a decree on Friday announcing plans for parliamentary elections in May and a presidential election in July. The rival Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from Abbas’ forces in 2007, welcomed the decree.
The elections would mark a major step toward reconciling the Palestinian rift between Abbas’ Fatah movement, which runs the West Bank, and Hamas. But many obstacles remain, and past attempts at reconciliation have repeatedly failed.
In a statement, Abbas’ office said it briefed the Egyptian and Jordanian delegations on “the latest developments related to the Palestinian issue, specifically the national reconciliation file” and thanked both countries for their assistance. Jordan borders the West Bank, while Egypt border Gaza.
The rival Palestinian factions are to meet in Egypt next week, hoping to settle their differences before election campaigning kicks off.