UAE condemns London Tube bombing; North Korea

By Angel Chan

Aftermath of June 4 attacks on London (File)

ABU DHABI 16 September 2017: The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned a terrorist blast in a crowded train on the London Underground.

In its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced its total rejection of all forms and practices of instigated violence and extremism while stressing the need for concerted efforts to effectively address extremism and terrorism, which threaten the security of all citizens in their daily lives.

The ministry added that the targeting of civilised societies by terrorists cannot be accepted or underestimated, and will require further serious work and a comprehensive approach, to counter extremist ideologies that promote and justify terrorism, said Wam.

The UAE expressed its solidarity with the British government and people and the families of those wounded while wishing them a speedy recovery.

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UAE condemns North Korea’s launch of ballistic missile

The United Arab Emirates has condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan on Thursday, in a new provocative test for regional and international security and a continuation of Pyongyang’s unacceptable escalation.

In its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that these repeated missile tests are a challenge to the related resolutions of the UN Security Council, and a real threat to the international community.

The statement also called on the UN Security Council to work on stopping these acts, which undermine the chances of peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and North-East Asia.

The ministry also highlighted the need for North Korea to abide by Security Council resolutions while calling on all concerned parties to pursue dialogue and diplomacy, to reduce tensions and maintain international peace and security.

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UAE offers $10m aid to Hurricane Irma victims in Caribbean states

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, has provided an emergency assistance worth Dh36.7 million (US$10 million) to aid those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean states.

Ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the humanitarian gesture aims to assist and enable international relief efforts to mitigate the suffering of the people on the Caribbean islands. The hurricane wreaked havoc on vital infrastructure and caused human loss.

The UAE affirmed that the delivery of this assistance was part of its humanitarian role towards the people affected by natural disasters across the world.

The UAE has become an active contributor among international responders to humanitarian challenges and has made her presence felt strongly in areas of international long-term emergency humanitarian assistance and relief.

In January, the UAE launched a $50 million UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, which represents one of the largest-ever single investments in the region’s clean energy sector, as well as a significant deepening of bilateral relationships between the UAE and Caribbean countries.

With a speed gust of 300kph, Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful storms in the Atlantic Ocean in a quarter of a century and caused heavy damage up to 50 percent to the infrastructure in Caribbean islands.