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Newsline: Turkey renames UAE Embassy streets in Ankara

The United Arab Emirates’ Embassy in Turkey’s capital has a new address evoking Turkey’s Ottoman heritage in the Middle East, including its defense of Muslim holy sites. The embassy building has not moved, but the streets around it have been renamed, in the wake of a historical row between Turkey and the UAE. Under an Ankara Municipality decision, 613rd St. has been renamed Fahreddin Pasha Street – — after the Ottoman governor of Medina, Saudi Arabia from 1916-1919 — and 609th Ave. in front of the embassy was also renamed “Medine Müdafii” (Defender of Medina) Ave. The move comes after social media posts last month by Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the UAE’s foreign minister, accusing Fahreddin Pasha of committing crimes against Medina’s population, including theft. The post drew the ire of Ankara, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slamming the allegations. “Where were your ancestors when our Fahreddin Pasha was defending Medina?” Erdogan asked last month. He added that the so-called “theft” was actually “protecting the holy relics of the Prophet Mohamed from [British] invaders.”



Newsline: British Embassy use lego video to tell tourists not to overdrink in UAE

The British Embassy have released a video – based on A Christmas Carol – warning UK holidaymakers travelling to Dubai over the festive season not to drink too much. Yet the LEGO animation has been called ‘insulting’ to tourists thrown in jail and those wrongly accused. It displays the drunken antics of an expat in the UK and discourages the behavior from being repeated.


Newsline: Costa Rica opens embassy in Abu Dhabi

Costa Rica’s UAE embassy was officially opened in Abu Dhabi by foreign affairs minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, in the presence of UAE Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh. For the opening, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UAE, Francisco Chacon, and Saeed Al Qamzi, director of visits affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, joined members of the diplomatic corps, business representatives and the Costa Rican resident community in the UAE. Mr Sanz said the presence of the embassy in the UAE signifies the friendship bonds between the UAE and Costa Rica, which ”we hope to grow stronger by time”.


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.


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.


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.


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.”