United Arab Emirates

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs

22 September 2017

H.H.Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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Statement Summary: 

SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, said that his country worked hard and responsibly to promote the stability and development of Arab countries, as well as tackle the destruction that the region’s wars had left in their wake.  The crises in that region had several causes: extremism and terrorism, interference by States in each other’s internal affairs, as well as aggressive and expansionist policies driven by hegemonic ambitions.  While the international community had made progress in confronting humanitarian threats, more could be done to restore stability in the Arab world.

The development progress that had been made should be protected, otherwise conflicts in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia would be managed instead of solved, he said.  In those countries, stability could be restored, but only if outside interference in Arab affairs was stopped.  A firm and sincere rejection of extremism and terrorism was also needed.  The elimination of that threat from the Arab region was within reach.  The liberation of ancient Arab cities such as Mosul in Iraq and Mukalla in Yemen from the grip of terrorist organizations was proof.

International efforts to achieve peace in the region would not be successful without ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and Arab territories, which had lasted over seven decades, he said.  That situation made young people vulnerable to exploitation by terrorist groups who claimed that they were the only choice through which they could achieve their aspirations.  He also affirmed his country’s solid position and legitimate right to sovereignty over its three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, which were occupied by Iran in violation of international law and the Charter.  Two years had passed since Iran’s nuclear agreement, with no sign of change in its “hostile” behaviour in the region or any desire to abandon its nuclear ambitions.  He supported enhancing controls on Iran’s nuclear programme and the continued assessment of the agreement and its provisions.
 


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Right of Reply (22 September 2017)

Speaking in exercise of the right of reply, the representative of Qatar responded to the United Arab Emirates.

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Right of Reply (22 September 2017)

First Declaration:

The representative of the United Arab Emirates, speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said he regretted seeing Qatar once again trying to distract the General Assembly with regard to the international commitments that it should be upholding.  The decision to break diplomatic ties with Qatar was a direct response to its own actions, which had destabilized the region.  Qatar was violating international law as well as Security Council resolutions, he said.  The United Arab Emirates would proceed on the basis of decisions it had taken, as there was no other way to protect itself from Qatar’s hostile actions, he added.

Source: GA/11951

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Right of Reply (25 September 2017)

Speaking in exercise of the right of reply, the representative of Iran responded to the United Arab Emirates.

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Right of Reply (in all available languages)

Right of Reply (25 September 2017)

Second Declaration:

The representative of the United Arab Emirates, to remarks by her counterpart from Iran, referred to three disputed islands as an “integral part of her country”.  She called on the international community to help resolve that dispute.  Iran’s expansionism was interfering in the internal affairs of Arab States and destabilizing the region, while its support of terrorist groups and illicit weapons transfers were exacerbating the crisis in Yemen, she said, assuring that only a political process could be successful.

Source: GA/11953

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