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UAE affirms commitment to supporting peacekeeping operations

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ABU DHABI, 8th December, 2021 (WAM) — Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, affirmed the UAE’s commitment to supporting the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations (UN).

He made this statement during his speech at the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting hosted by South Korea, held remotely and attended by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, Abdullah Saif Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to South Korea, and ministers from 50 countries.

During the second key session of the conference, Al Sayegh spoke about the importance of the equal participation of women in peacekeeping and security operations. In March, the UAE launched the first national action plan in response to UN Security Council Resolution No.1325 on women, peace and security, he noted.

He also underscored the initiative of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and the 'Mother of the Nation', aimed at implementing the aforementioned resolution in collaboration between the GWU and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to support the participation of women in all areas, most notably in peace and security operations.

Under this initiative, nearly 375 women from the Middle East, Africa and Asia were trained and supplied with the necessary skills to participate in peacekeeping operations, he added.

Al Sayegh announced that the UAE had pledged US$10 million for international peacekeeping operations, which will include the training of 200 women in the Khawla bint Al Azwar School over four years to build their capabilities in the security field and enable them to participate in peacekeeping operations.

The UAE’s pledge also includes providing logistical and financial support to the UN to address the short and medium-term needs of peacekeeping operations.

Al Sayegh ended his speech by highlighting the UAE’s ongoing support for peacekeeping operations, especially after the country's election as a member of the UN Security Council for the 2022-2023 term.

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UAE leaders condole King Salman on death of Princess Seetah bint Jalawi bin Saud

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ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2022 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, expressing his condolences and sincere sympathy over the death of Princess Seetah bint Jalawi bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, sent similar cables to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

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Eight Security Council members condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

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NEW YORK, 22nd January, 2022 (WAM) — The following is a joint statement as delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, on behalf of Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States on North Korea:

"It was only last week that we stood at this podium to condemn the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch of January 5. The regime has conducted three additional ballistic missile launches since then, on January 11, January 14, and January 17 local time.

The DPRK has announced that it conducted the launches on four occasions in the last two weeks. The DPRK itself published photos that confirm the launch of ballistic missiles following all four launch events. And we know that DPRK missile launches that use ballistic missile technology violate Security Council resolutions.

These facts should not be in dispute. The DPRK’s unlawful behavior is a threat to international peace and security. These launches demonstrate the regime’s determination to pursue weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs at all costs, including at the expense of its own people.

Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States call on our fellow Council members to be unified in condemning the DPRK for its acts in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. It is this unity, in speech and action, that has helped in the past bring the DPRK to the negotiating table and could advance stability for the region and international community.

We urge the 1718 Committee to proactively support implementation of the Security Council resolutions addressing the DPRK. This includes sanctions designations for those contributing to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons programs, like those the United States proposed last week.

We also call on all Member States to implement Security Council resolutions, to which the Security Council unanimously agreed, and which calls on the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. It is extremely important that Member States take the necessary steps to implement the sanctions in their jurisdictions, or risk providing a blank check for the DPRK regime to advance its weapons program.

We will continue to speak out against the DPRK’s destabilizing actions as affronts to regional and international peace and stability. We call on the DPRK to cease these unlawful actions and return to dialogue. We stand ready to support a meaningful return to engagement and diplomacy without preconditions. And we reaffirm our commitment to achieving lasting peace and stability in the region, and to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions."

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UAE condemns terrorist attack in Lahore

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ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2022 (WAM) — The UAE has condemned the terrorist attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore, which killed of a number of people and left others injured.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation emphasised that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilising security and stability, while in contravention of all human values and principles.

The Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to the victims' families of this heinous crime and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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