Diplomatic Briefing

Your exclusive news aggregator handpicked daily!

Archive for UAE

Newsline: Slovenia Opens Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Foreign Minister Miro Cerar met Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash on day two of his working visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), discussing with him further cooperation and the situations in the Middle East and Western Balkans, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. In the afternoon, Cerar officially inaugurated in Abu Dhabi Slovenia’s first embassy in a Gulf country, which has been operating since 2018. Cerar said in his address that the embassy was an “important step forward in deepening Slovenian relations with the UAE and the region” (https://www.total-slovenia-news.com/politics/4865-slovenia-opens-embassy-in-abu-dhabi-first-in-gulf). A similar a sentiment was expressed by Gargash in their meeting earlier in the day.

Newsline: Iran Summons Swiss, UAE Envoys Over U.S. Drone Incident

Iran has summoned the United Arab Emirates’ top envoy to Tehran to protest the neighboring Arab nation’s allowing the U.S. to use a base there to launch a drone that Iran says entered its airspace. The June 22 report by the official IRNA news agency said Iran issued a “strong protest” to the UAE diplomat, saying Iran does not tolerate the facilitation of foreign forces that violate its territory. The U.S. says its RQ-4A Global Hawk was shot down on June 20 over international waters, not inside Iranian airspace. (https://time.com/5612728/iran-uae-envoy-drone-incident/) On June 21, Iran summoned Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner to hear Iran’s protest over the alleged violation. Switzerland looks after U.S. interests in Iran. Tehran and Washington have had no diplomatic relations since 1979. Iran says the U.S. drone was a “very dangerous provocation.”

Newsline: UAE reopens embassy in Syria

The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Syria’s capital on Thursday for the first time in seven years, a reflection of improved relations between President Bashar Assad and some of his Arab foes as the war winds down. On Thursday afternoon, UAE’s charge d’affaires Abdul-Hakim Naimi visited the embassy and witnessed his country’s flag being raised again on the compound in central Damascus. The move provides a major boost to Assad, whose forces have won a series of military victories in recent years with the help of Russia and Iran. Sudan’s President Omar Bashir visited Damascus earlier this month, becoming the first Arab head of state to visit Syria since the start of the war. UAE’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “the step confirms that the UAE government is keen to restore relations between the two brotherly countries back to normal.” It added that the move is “to activate the Arab role in supporting Syria’s independence, sovereignty, unity and safety and prevent the dangers of regional intervention in Syria’s Arab affairs.” “The opening of our embassy is a first step for the return of other Arab embassies,” Naimi told reporters outside the compound.


Newsline: US embassy in UAE affected by government shutdown

The US embassy in the UAE has been affected by the government shutdown in America. The US mission to the Emirates tweeted that posting to the account would be suspended “due to a lapse in appropriations”. It advised those seeking information to follow the US State Department Twitter account.


Newsline: UAE to open an embassy in Zimbabwe

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will open an embassy in Zimbabwe, the UAE president has said. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued several federal decrees to establish the UAE Embassy in Zimbabwe and appointed and promoted members of the diplomatic corps. The decrees were published in the latest edition of the Federal Official Gazette and stipulate the establishment of the UAE Embassy in capital, Harare.


Newsline: UAE to reopen its embassy in Syria

The United Arab Emirates is preparing to re-open its embassy in the Syrian capital after six years of closure. According to media reports, Abu Dhabi has ordered full maintenance works to its Syrian embassy to be ready for opening within the next two weeks. The same reports added that other GCC states are considering restoring diplomatic ties with Damascus. Most countries have closed its embassies and consulates since the uprising – which later turned into a bloody war – swept the country in 2011. With the exception of Oman, GCC states closed its Syrian embassies in 2012.


Newsline: UAE embassy issues travel warning for Spain

UAE residents and citizens in Spain have been warned that they should exercise caution and be wary of demonstrations and political unrest. This warning was issued by the UAE Consulate General in Barcelona on its Twitter account. According to the post, UAE citizens and residents should take all necessary precautions and avoid demonstrators or areas of political unrest.