Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrives in UAE on official visit

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on his arrival in the UAE. (Saudi foreign ministry)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on his arrival in the UAE. (Saudi foreign ministry)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on his arrival in the UAE. (Saudi foreign ministry)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed attend a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed attend a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting. (SPA)
Updated 27 November 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrives in UAE on official visit

  • He was met by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on arrival
  • Crown Prince Mohammed was driven to Abu Dhabi's presidential palace Qasr Al-Watan

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday for an official visit.

The crown prince was met by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on arrival. The two leaders are expected to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations.

 

He headed the Saudi delegation at the second meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.

“Relations between Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been characterized by dealing with difficult issues in a smooth manner, especially considering the political and ideological volatility in the region,” a joint statement issued by both sides of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council said on Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said that he and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman witnessed the exchange of four MoUs and reviewed seven strategic initiatives during a Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council meeting on Wednesday. The MoUs that were signed were in the fields of  health, culture, space, and food. 

 

 

Crown Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom's relationship with the UAE is based on cooperation and common policies towards events in the region, and that the strong relations between the two countries are built on solid foundations. 

The Saudi crown prince’s last visit to the UAE was in November 2018 as part of a wider regional tour of several Arab countries.

 

Crown Prince Mohammed was driven to Abu Dhabi's presidential palace Qasr Al-Watan through the city where the streets were lined with Saudi and Emirati flags.

As his motorcade arrived at the palace it was greeted by a calvacade that escorted them towards the entrance.

Inside the palace, the crown princes listened to their national anthems and inspected the guard of honour.


Iran dismisses US efforts at UN sanctions as currency drops

Updated 20 September 2020

Iran dismisses US efforts at UN sanctions as currency drops

  • Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the US dollar at money exchange shops across Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran dismissed US efforts to restore all UN sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday.
Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the US dollar at money exchange shops across Tehran.
The rial has lost more than 30 percent of its value to the dollar since June as sweeping US sanctions on Iran continue to crush its ability to sell oil globally. Iran’s currency was at 32,000 rials to the dollar at the time of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which was signed by the Obama administration but which the Trump administration pulled the US from.
As the currency plummeted, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh slammed the Trump administration’s declaration Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been reimposed because Tehran is not complying with the nuclear deal.
The US move has been rejected as illegal by most of the rest of the world and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly this week.
Even before the US declaration, other Security Council members had vowed to ignore it. They say the US lost legal standing to invoke snapback sanctions when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and began reimposing US sanctions on Iran.
The Iranian government spokesman said the snapback sanctions have only happened in “the fantastical world” of the Trump administration. He said the US stands on the wrong side of history.
“They are attempting to make everyone believe it, but nobody is buying it except for themselves,” Khatibzadeh said during his weekly press briefing on Sunday.
“It is a television show whose sole presenter, viewers and those cheering it on are Mr. Pompeo himself and a handful of others,” the spokesman said, referring to the US secretary of state.
“Tehran’s message to Washington is clear: return to the international community, return to your commitments and stop bullying so the international community will accept you,” he added.
The White House plans to issue an executive order on Monday spelling out how the US will enforce the restored sanctions, and the State and Treasury departments are expected to outline how foreign individuals and businesses will be penalized for violations.
Tensions are running high between Iran and the US, particularly since a US strike in January killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, prompting Tehran to retaliate with a ballistic missile strike on Iraqi bases housing American troops.