UAE FM and Egyptian president meet in Cairo

 UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday. (Emirates News Agency)
Updated 17 June 2019

UAE FM and Egyptian president meet in Cairo

DUBAI: UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday.

Sheikh Abdullah commended the role played by Egypt in ensuring regional stability, and noted that the current circumstances in the region necessitate "cementing pan-Arab solidarity and cooperation to confront the besetting challenges," Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. 

El-Sisi reaffirmed his country's support for the UAE in light of recent developments in the Arabian Gulf. 

"Egypt is avidly following up the ongoing developments in the Arabian Gulf region, particularly the latest incidents that posed a menacing threat to the safety of maritime navigation ," said El-Sisi, asserting his country's support for the governments and peoples of “UAE and other countries against various challenges, including attempts to destabilize the region.”

Sheikh Abdullah and El-Sisi also reviewed the latest developments in Sudan and expressed solidarity with the people of Sudan to survive the current critical stage that the country is in and fulfill their ambitions.


Honduras declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Updated 20 January 2020

Honduras declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization

  • Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, called the Honduran government’s move “an important step in the global war on terror”

TEGUCIGALPA: The Honduran government has formally declared Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a top security official said on Monday.
“We declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and will include it in the registry of persons and institutions linked to acts of terrorism and its financing,” said Luis Suazo, Honduras’ deputy security minister.
Heavily armed Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group, has also been designated a terrorist organization by the US government.
Last week, Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammattei, also signaled he would label Hezbollah a terrorist group, in addition to keeping the Guatemalan embassy in Israel in the city of Jerusalem.
Both moves were seen as aligning Guatemala’s foreign policy more closely with that of US President Donald Trump.
Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, called the Honduran government’s move “an important step in the global war on terror” and said it built on similar actions taken in recent months by Britain, Argentina and others.
“I applaud the Honduran government for its important decision to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and to impose sanctions against it,” Katz said.
Israel considers Hezbollah, which is backed by its enemy Iran, the biggest threat across its border. The two last fought a war in 2006.
Britain’s Treasury, or finance ministry, said on Jan. 17 it had expanded an asset freeze to include the whole of Hezbollah in addition to its military wing.
Last year, Argentina designated the group, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, as a terrorist organization and froze its assets in the country.
Other countries that have designate Hezbollah or its military wing as a terrorist organization include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and Israel.