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Diplomacy holds key, says UAE
June 27, 2018
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NEW YORK: “Diplomacy will always be key to solving the region’s crises, so we must renew our efforts to see it strengthened,” said Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, at a critical UN Security Council debate on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa chaired by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Vershinin.

Separately, Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation said, the United Arab Emirates, as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, views the safety of civilians in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah and the delivery of humanitarian aid to them as being “of the utmost significance.”

She added that “We have set up an updated system to ensure that the continued and priority movement of aid across several lines of conflict continues.”

Nusseibeh called on Member States to lend their support to like-minded countries of the “Arab Centre,” who are shifting the Middle East towards stability, development, and rejection of any state system based on extremist ideology.

In the context of resuming dialogue for a peaceful resolution in the Middle East, Nusseibeh reiterated that all actors must accept the principles of the UN Charter.

She stated that Iran, in particular, has consistently violated these norms and must end its irresponsible presence in Arab countries in the form of militias and terrorist groups.

Additionally, she voiced support for the statement made by the Representative of the United States: “In warzone after warzone and terrorist act after terrorist act, we find Iran and Hizbollah at the root of violence in the Middle East.” Nusseibeh reminded the Council that prior to the current situation in Yemen, the legitimate government headed a functional state and had a clear process for political transition in the country. She stressed that the Council should have acted when the Iranian-backed Houthis first took Sanaa in September 2014, causing the breakdown of the Yemeni state apparatus and resulting descent into civil war.

The Ambassador said, “If the Coalition had not entered at the request of the legitimate government and in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2216, we would today be dealing with a lawless state dominated by an illegal militia who represent just three percent of the population, but who seek to control the fate 27 million Yemenis.”


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