Entries by Diplomat Editor

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At least 13 killed in Afghan mosque blast

(Kabul) – A blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan’s restive east killed or wounded at least 30 people, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country. The bomb had been placed in a tent being used to register voters on the grounds of a mosque, Khost provincial police chief Abdul Hanan […]

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Council polls taking place across England

People are continuing to vote in council and mayoral elections across England. Elections are being held in 150 local authorities, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor for the Sheffield City Region will also be chosen. Polling stations […]

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UN Secretary-General condemns terrorist attack in Tripoli

(New York) – Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, has condemned the terrorist attack on the High National Election Commission, HNEC, headquarters in Tripoli. In a statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Libya, Guterres extended his condolences to the families of the victims and sincere sympathy to the wounded. He reaffirmed the commitment […]

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South Africa confirms participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

(Dubai) – Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, met with Paul Mashatile, Treasurer General of the African National Congress and the Envoy of the South African President. Dr. Gargash received from Mashatile a message from the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al […]

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister receives Abdullah bin Zayed

(Wellington) – Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has received H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his delegation, currently visiting the country. Sheikh Abdullah conveyed the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed meets New Zealand Minister of Trade

(Wellington) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met the New Zealand Minister of Trade David Parker, as part of an official visit to the country. During the meeting, the two sides discussed means to advance trade and investment ties between the two countries. Sheikh Abdullah […]

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives US Congress delegation

(Abu Dhabi) – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received at Al Shati Palace the visiting Congress delegation headed by Robert W. Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. H.H. Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the delegation, while underlining the importance […]

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Pompeo calls for Gulf unity

(Riyadh) – New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored the need for unity in the Gulf during a brief visit to the Saudi capital as Washington aims to muster support among allies for new sanctions against Iran. Pompeo reassured Saudi Arabia that the United States would abandon the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, reached […]

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US approves $911m arms sale to Bahrain

(Riyadh) – The US State Department has approved a potential $911.4 million helicopter and weapons sale to Bahrain, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. According to a statement posted on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the Department of Defense, the sale includes 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters, as well […]

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UAE Ambassador, Pakistani PM open Diabetes Centre

(Islamabad) – UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, have opened a Diabetes Centre (TDC) which provides medical treatment for diabetic patients. The centre, the first of its kind in Islamabad, was established with the generous support of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC. During […]

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Abu Dhabi and Queensland to expand strategic partnership

(Abu Dhabi) – The Government of Abu Dhabi and the State of Queensland, Australia, signed a cooperation agreement with the ultimate objective of reinforcing the strategic partnership between them in a number of economic and developmental areas. Khalifa Bin Salem Al Mansouri, the DED’s Undersecretary, and Jackie Trad, MP for the South Brisbane Seat and […]