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Newsline: UAE embassy condemns misuse of diplomatic channels to smuggle gold to India

The UAE has condemned the misuse of diplomatic channels to smuggle gold to India and denied having any role after customs authorities in Kerala on Sunday seized 30kg of the precious metal that was marked to the UAE consulate in the south Indian state. Indian media reported on Sunday that customs officials at the Thiruvanathapuram international airport had foiled a gold smuggling attempt after they seized a parcel that was sent as air cargo from Dubai to the UAE consulate. “The Embassy of the UAE in India condemns the attempted misuse of diplomatic channels by an individual engaged in smuggling activity. The embassy firmly rejects such acts and unequivocally affirms that the mission and its diplomatic staff had no role in this matter,” the mission said in a statement. (https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/general/uae-embassy-condemns-misuse-of-diplomatic-channels-to-smuggle-gold-to-india-) Diplomatic packages are swiftly cleared at airports. But customs officials got suspicious and checked the packet. The officials are investigating the case. “Initial inquiries conducted by the mission revealed that a former locally hired employee of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram was responsible for this act. The employee in question was fired for misconduct long preceding this incident,” read the embassy statement. The mission said the employee in question must have exploited his knowledge of the mission’s channels to commit the crime.

Newsline: Pakistan Embassy in UAE warns community against agents selling ‘special flights’ ticket

The Pakistan Embassy has warned community members of a ticket scam as some unscrouplous travel agents are offering to book tickets on ‘special flights’ from the UAE to Pakistan. “Flights between the UAE and Pakistan are suspended and there is no announcement of any special flights from UAE to Pakistan so far,” said a statement issued by the Embassy. The statement says that the embassy would announce if there is any plan to operate any special flights. There will also be a formal announcement whenever the normal flight operation between the UAE and Pakistan resumes. “This is to inform Pakistani community members in the UAE that some agents are offering tickets for ‘special flights’ from the UAE to Pakistan. Beware of such people and instead contact the respective airlines to confirm the flights before purchasing any tickets,” the embassy statement further read. (https://gulfnews.com/uae/beware-pakistan-embassy-in-uae-warns-community-against-agents-selling-special-flights-ticket-1.70850628) The Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai also warned the community on its twitter handle. “Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai has not announced any special flight to Pakistan of any airline yet. The consulate will not be responsible for any such ticket purchases,” the Consulate tweeted both in Urdu and English.

Newsline: Morocco withdraws ambassador from UAE

Rabat has withdrawn its ambassador and consulates in the UAE, due to the Emirati authorities’ reluctance for a whole year to appoint an ambassador in Rabat to fill the vacancy. Local websites, including Maghreb Intelligence and Rue20, said that “an unprecedented diplomatic crisis has erupted between Morocco and the UAE, as Morocco has withdrawn, since last week, its ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Ait Ali, who has been in office for more than nine years. Thus, the Moroccan consulates in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were also summoned. ” According to the same sources, “Rabat has also emptied its embassy (in Abu Dhabi) by summoning all the consultants and Chargé d’Affaires, which greatly reduced its diplomatic representation in the UAE.” (https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200312-morocco-withdraws-ambassador-from-abu-dhabi/) Media reports attributed the reason for this development, quoting an unnamed Moroccan official, to the position of the UAE’s failure to appoint an ambassador to Morocco for about a year.

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.

http://www.newschannel10.com/2018/12/27/syria-says-uae-will-reopen-damascus-embassy-closed/

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.

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/us-embassy-in-uae-affected-by-government-shutdown-1.805244

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.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/uae-to-open-an-embassy-in-zimbabwe-18417050

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.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/uae-reopen-embassy-syria/

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.

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/europe/uae-embassy-issues-travel-warning-to-this-european-country