Egypt, UAE, France, Greece and Cyprus condemn Turkey's actions in Libya, Cyprus

A joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of Egypt (pictured minsiter Sameh Shoukry), Greece, Cyprus, France and the UAE said that the latest worrying developments in the eastern Mediterranean were discussed, in addition to a number of regional crises that threaten peace and stability in that region. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 May 2020

Egypt, UAE, France, Greece and Cyprus condemn Turkey's actions in Libya, Cyprus

CAIRO: Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, France and Cyprus on Monday expressed their regret over the escalation of violence in Libya, and considered that Turkey’s agreement with the government of reconciliation threatens regional stability.
A joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, France and the UAE said that the latest worrying developments in the eastern Mediterranean were discussed, in addition to a number of regional crises that threaten peace and stability in that region.
The ministers stressed the strategic importance of strengthening and intensifying their political consultations, and praised the results of the Cairo meeting on Jan. 8, 2020, to enhance security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, and expressed their deep concern over the current escalation and the ongoing provocative moves in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Ministers condemned the illegal Turkish movements taking place in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and its territorial waters, for the apparent violation of international law in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 
This is the sixth attempt by Turkey, in less than a year, to conduct illegal excavations within the sea areas of Cyprus.
The ministers also condemned the escalation of Turkish violations of Greek airspace, including flights over populated areas and territorial waters, in violation of international law. Moreover, the ministers condemned the systematic exploitation of civilians by Turkey and the attempt to push them toward illegally crossing the Greek land and sea borders.
They demanded the Libyan parties to commit to a truce during the holy month of Ramadan, and affirmed their commitment to work toward a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis under the auspices of the United Nations, and they expressed their keenness to resume the commitments of the Berlin process, including political, military, economic and financial.


Dubai sets up new isolation facility for COVID-19 cases

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Dubai sets up new isolation facility for COVID-19 cases

  • Tthe new ward would help authorities particularly in the early detection and treatment of coronavirus patients

DUBAI: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has set up a new medical isolation facility for COVID-19 cases, as part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to fight the global pandemic.
The new 1,500 square meter building has 25 rooms which consist of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), isolation, treatment, and examination rooms. It is located near Rashid Hospital, the second oldest hospital in the emirate.
Humaid Al-Qutami, the Director-General of DHA, said the new ward would help authorities particularly in the early detection and treatment of coronavirus patients.
He said the DHA is observing global experiences of dealing with COVID-19 to “learn from them” and to better respond to the outbreak.