Japan’s consul-general lauds Japan-UAE cooperation

Akima Umezawa, Japanese consul-general, Dubai
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Updated 14 January 2020

Japan’s consul-general lauds Japan-UAE cooperation

  • Japan and the UAE are cooperating under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Initiative
  • Both countries are responsible players for peace and stability in the region and the world, says Umezawa

DUBAI: Japan and the UAE are effective and responsible players for the “peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world,” Japan’s consul-general in Dubai told Arab News.

Akima Umezawa said given the current tensions in the Middle East, the upcoming meeting of both countries’ leaders will “strengthen cordial relations but also contribute to the prevention of further escalation in the region.”

He added that Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s visit to the UAE will “enhance stable energy supplies and ensure safe navigation in the region by exchanging opinions and reconfirming the robust cooperation between Japan and not only the UAE, but also Saudi Arabia and Oman.”

Japan and the UAE are cooperating under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Initiative, Umezawa said.

The initiative was agreed upon in 2018 by Abe and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The sectors covered include culture, defense, technology and security.

Umezawa expressed hope that the world will “recognize the beautiful collaboration between Japan and the UAE” through events such as this year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Dubai Expo.

Abe visited Saudi Arabia on Saturday, and was received by King Salman in Riyadh. The prime minister toured the historical site of AlUla, where he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

During his time in the UAE, Abe intends to discuss plans to send Self-Defense Forces personnel to the region, local media reported.
 


Iran says black boxes of downed Ukraine plane of ‘no help’

In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 rescue teams work amidst debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8, killing everyone on board. (AFP)
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Iran says black boxes of downed Ukraine plane of ‘no help’

  • Ottawa has demanded for several months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes, send the items abroad so that their content can be analyzed

TEHRAN: The black boxes of a Ukrainian plane mistakenly downed near Tehran airport will be of “no help” in any investigation, but Iran is ready to transfer them abroad, state media said Saturday.
Flight 752, an Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by a missile and crashed shortly after taking off from the Tehran airport on January 8.
“Even though the investigation is nearly complete and the contents of the boxes will be of no help for the investigation, we are ready to give them to a third country or to a (foreign) company,” Mohsen Baharvand, deputy foreign affairs minister, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Iranian civilian authorities insisted it was likely caused by a technical malfunction, vehemently denying claims the plane was shot down.
But in the early hours of January 11, the Iranian military admitted that the plane was shot down due to “human error,” killing 176 people, mainly Iranians and Canadians, including many dual nationals.
Ottawa has demanded for several months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes, send the items abroad so that their content can be analyzed.
After Tehran said in March it was ready to transfer the black boxes to France or Ukraine, Canada’s foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne guardedly welcomed a “step in the right direction,” while noting that he would judge Iranian authorities on “their actions and not just their words.”
In his interview with IRNA, Baharvand implied that Iran had certain conditions for transferring the black boxes abroad, but did not elaborate.