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Newsline: UAE’s Ambassador to US Linked to Investment Fund Scandal

Documents show companies connected to Yousef Al Otaiba received $66 million allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The scandal swirling around a Malaysian state investment fund allegedly defrauded of billions of dollars has entangled the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-a-e-s-ambassador-to-u-s-linked-to-1mdb-scandal-1498864605

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Newsline: UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have said they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial links with states that continue to trade with Doha. The warning, the latest escalation in the three-week dispute, was made by Omar Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Moscow and one of the most articulate figures in the row that has racked the region. Speaking to the Guardian, he said the coalition would be willing to make themselves subject to the same western monitoring regime as Qatar to ensure key figures were not privately funding extremist groups. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have imposed an economic and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, claiming its ruling family has been harbouring terrorists and funding extremism for years. They have tabled 13 demands, and said Qatar must comply by next week or face further as yet unspecified consequences. The demands include cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, closing the broadcaster al-Jazeera and reducing ties with Iran.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/uae-ambassador-threatens-further-sanctions-against-qatar

Newsline: UAE Ambassador to US Urges Qatar Re-Examine Regional Policies

Qatar must re-examine its policies in the region now that US President Donald Trump has challenged the country over its support for extremists, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba said. “The UAE welcomes President Trump’s leadership in challenging Qatar’s troubling support for extremism. The next step is for Qatar to acknowledge these concerns and commit to reexamine its regional policies. This will provide the necessary basis for any discussions,” Otaiba said in a statement on Friday.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706101054502967-uase-trump-qatar-reexamining-policies/

Newsline: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt break diplomatic ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt on Monday broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism and extremism”. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said the kingdom had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar “proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”. It urged “all brotherly countries and companies to do the same.”

http://www.trtworld.com/mea/saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-and-egypt-break-ties-with-qatar-372298

Newsline: Hackers leak emails from UAE ambassador to US

Hackers have released the first series of leaked emails from the account of UAE’s ambassador to the United the States Yousef al-Otaiba. The Intercept reported on Saturday that the emails released by a group called “Global Leaks” show the relationship between al-Otaiba and a pro-Israel, neoconservative think tank – the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The hacked emails, some of which date back to 2014, reveal a high-level of backchannel cooperation between the FDD, which is funded by pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Anderson, and the UAE. The sample provided included several emails between Otaiba and Robert Gates, former US defence secretary in the administrations of George Bush and Barack Obama. Otaiba is well-known figure in US national security circles – he has been called “the most charming man in Washington” – and has participated in Pentagon strategy meetings at the invitation of the defence officials.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/hackers-leak-emails-uae-ambassador-170603153956229.html

Newsline: Fire breaks out near British embassy in Dubai

A fire broke out in a residential building in Dubai’s Bur Dubai area near the British embassy on Thursday afternoon. The operations room of the Dubai Civil Defence received information of the incident around 3.21 pm, after which emergency vehicles were pressed into action. Dozens of residents, many of them women and children, were evacuated, even as firefighters battled to extinguish the fire. The fire started on the first floor of the building and one flat was gutted.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/fire-breaks-out-near-british-embassy-in-dubai

Newsline: Russian embassy mocks Nato leaders with toy tank tweet

Senior Russian diplomats appear to have resumed their social media war against Nato officials with a new tweet mocking international claims over the Ukraine crisis. A Russian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) account posted out a picture of toy tanks, joking it was “evidence” of troops operating across the Ukraine border. It follows a Twitter spat between Canadian and Russian officials working at Nato; clearly they all have a lot of time of their hands.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11076721/Ukraine-crisis-Russian-embassy-mocks-Nato-leaders-with-toy-tank-tweet.html