Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Netanyahu discuss UAE-Israeli ties

The UAE has normalized ties with Israel. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 October 2020

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Netanyahu discuss UAE-Israeli ties

  • Netanyahu said in a statement he invited the crown prince to Israel
  • The two sides affirmed the normalization of relations was a step to enhance regional peace

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan tweeted on Monday that he had had a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss strengthening bilateral ties and the prospects for peace in the region.

Netanyahu said in a statement he invited the crown prince to Israel, and that he also received the same invitation, although no dates were confirmed.

The Israeli Cabinet, meanwhile has approved the normalization deal with the UAE. It will submit the agreement for parliamentary ratification.

The two sides also affirmed that the normalization of relations was a step to enhance regional peace, stability and security, and will pave the way for a new phase of cooperation, according to a report by UAE state news agency WAM.

They also expressed appreciation for the role played by the US and President Donald Trump in reaching a peace accord.

(with Reuters)


UK govt: British women strip-searched in Qatar

Updated 48 min 57 sec ago

UK govt: British women strip-searched in Qatar

  • London describes incident as ‘unacceptable’
  • Strip-search took place in Doha airport

LONDON: British authorities have formally registered concerns with Qatar following reports that two women who are UK nationals were strip-searched in Doha.

The forced medical examinations were carried out in Doha airport after authorities discovered a newborn baby in a bin.

This, it is claimed, prompted them to conduct “urgently decided” intrusive examinations, described as “absolutely terrifying” by one of 13 Australian women on a flight to Sydney who were subjected to them.

The British women were part of a group that was forced to disembark flights before having their underwear removed for a female medical professional to carry out an examination assessing if they had recently given birth.

The complaint was registered by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which said in a statement: “We are providing ongoing support to two British women following an incident in Doha. We have formally expressed our concern with the Qatari authorities and Qatar Airways and are seeking assurances an unacceptable incident like this cannot happen again.”

Australian officials said passengers from 10 flights leaving Doha on Oct. 2 were subjected to the ordeal.

“The advice that has been provided indicates that the treatment of the women concerned was offensive, grossly inappropriate, and beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent,” said a spokeswoman for the office of Australia’s foreign minister.

Sources familiar with the incident have said the newborn is alive and in care, and the mother has not been identified.