UAE and Iranian officials meet in Tehran to discuss ‘maritime affairs’

Fishermen in waters off Fujairah, UAE. The UAE's foreign ministry said it was satisfied after a meeting with Iranian officials on maritime affairs. (AP/File photo)
Updated 31 July 2019

UAE and Iranian officials meet in Tehran to discuss ‘maritime affairs’

  • The Emirates’ foreign ministry said the meeting on Tuesday was a routine gathering of a joint committee
  • Official says joint committee aims to ensure the safety of UAE citizens and fishermen

DUBAI: The UAE and Iranian officials have met in Tehran to discuss maritime affairs.

The Emirates’ foreign ministry said the meeting on Tuesday was a routine gathering of a joint committee, which was formed to discuss maritime connections, illegal entries and smuggling, fish ing and shared borders.

Salem Mohammed Al Zaabi, director of the UAE’s International Security Cooperation Department, said he was satisfied with how the meeting went.

“The objective behind the meeting is to ensure the safety of UAE citizens, including the country's fishermen,” he said.

The aim of the meeting was to address routine maritime agenda issues between the two countries, he said.

The meeting comes after heightened tensions between Arab Gulf countries and Iran as the US intensifies economic sanctions against Tehran. 

Iran has been accused of attacking shipping in and around the Strait of Hormuz - the narrow waterway which marks the entrance to the Arabian Gulf and through which around a fifth of the world’s oil is transported.

 


Afghan, US forces kill Taliban governors, fighters

Updated 16 September 2019

Afghan, US forces kill Taliban governors, fighters

  • Joint operations planned to prevent attacks ahead of polls

KABUL: Afghan forces backed by US forces killed two senior Taliban leaders and at least 38 fighters of the hard-line insurgent group in joint airstrikes conducted in northern and western regions of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

The operations, launched on Saturday night, were aimed at foiling attacks planned by the Taliban on Afghan forces, said a senior security official in capital Kabul, adding that clashes have escalated following the collapse of diplomatic talks between the US and the Taliban.

The Defense Ministry in a statement said that the Taliban’s designate governor for northern Samangan province, Mawlavi Nooruddin, was killed along with four fighters in an airstrike in Dara-e-Soof Payeen district.

But the Taliban denied the governor had been killed.

“He (Nooruddin) is alive,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman said in a statement.

HIGHLIGHT

Taliban deny the governor of Samangan province had been killed.

Last week, insurgents killed four Afghan special force members in a car bomb blast.

Afghan officials say around 100,000 members of the country’s security forces are ready for polling day.

In a separate incident, Mullah Sayed Azim, a Taliban designate governor for Anar Dara district in western Farah was killed in a joint Afghan and foreign force raid.

“Sayed Azim was killed along with 34 other insurgents in Anar Dara,” said Mohibullah Mohib, a spokesman for Farah provincial police.

Senior security officials in Kabul said several joint operations will be launched against Taliban and Daesh fighters to prevent attacks on Afghan forces and civilians ahead of the presidential polls on Sept. 28.

Fighting picked up in several parts of Afghanistan last week after US President Donald Trump’s abrupt cancelation of talks with the Taliban aimed at withdrawing US troops and opening the way to end to 18 year-long war in Afghanistan. 

 

Troops for polling day

Afghan officials say around 100,000 members of the country’s security forces are ready for polling day. Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 72,000 security personnel will be on duty around the 4,942 polling centers across Afghanistan while nearly 30,000 additional troops will serve as reserve units.

Defense Ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said security forces have recently taken back eight districts from the Taliban and that operations are underway to secure around 20 others.