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.
 


El-Sisi says Egypt will not stand idle to threat to Egyptian and Libyan security

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El-Sisi says Egypt will not stand idle to threat to Egyptian and Libyan security

  • Libyan tribal leaders flew on Wednesday to Cairo from the eastern city of Benghazi for a meeting with El-Sisi
  • El-Sisi said at the meeting Egypt’s main goal in Libya was to “activate the free will of the Libyan people”

CAIRO: Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that pose a direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Thursday, according to a presidency statement.
The statement also said tribal leaders meeting El-Sisi in Cairo had authorized the president and Egypt's army to intervene in their country "to protect Libyan sovereignty".
El-Sisi met mainly eastern Libyan tribesmen in a show of solidarity on Thursday, days after Libya’s eastern-based parliament urged Cairo to intervene in their country’s civil war.
The meeting reflects the growing regional stakes in Libya, divided since 2014 between areas held by the government in Tripoli, backed by Turkey, and a rival eastern administration, backed by the UAE, Russia and Egypt.
On Tuesday, the eastern-based parliament allied to commander Haftar Khalifa called for Egypt to help counter Turkish support for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.
Turkey has helped the Tripoli administration force Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) to abandon an offensive on Tripoli.
Any major escalation could risk igniting a direct conflict in Libya among the foreign powers that have already poured in weapons and fighters in violation of an arms embargo.
In response to Turkish actions, El-Sisi last month warned that Egypt’s army might enter Libya if the Tripoli government and its Turkish allies renewed an assault on Sirte, a central coastal city seen as the gateway to Libya’s main oil export terminals.
Libyan tribal leaders flew on Wednesday to Cairo from the eastern city of Benghazi, the main LNA base, for a meeting with El-Sisi entitled “Egypt and Libya, one people, one fate.” Haftar enjoys the backing of tribes mainly from east but also former LNA strongholds like Tarhouna in western Libya.
On the flight some tribesmen were chanting “El-Sisi” and “Haftar,” a video posted online showed.
El-Sisi said at the meeting Egypt’s main goal in Libya was to “activate the free will of the Libyan people,” a presidency statement said. It also published pictures showing El-Sisi sitting next to tribal leaders, all wearing masks against coronavirus.
In June El-Sisi said Egypt could act militarily in Egypt either if the House of Representatives requested this, or simply based on the UN charter of a right of self-defense.
Eastern tribes and other factions allied to Haftar have also been involved in closure of oil ports since January. The LNA says the tribes act on their own but analysts say their activity in Haftar-controlled territory is coordinated with the LNA.
Sirte is held by the LNA and the last major western city before the historic dividing line with the east, now controlled by Haftar, two regions that were united with the south at Libya’s independence in 1951.