Sudan adds voice to UAE calls for settlement of islands issue

KHARTOUM — Sudan has added voice to the UAE’s calls for the peaceful settlement of the issue of the UAE’s three islands occupied by Iran. Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir reiterated yesterday the Arab countries’ support for the prudent, sound stances adopted by the UAE for achieving a peaceful settlement to the issue of the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa occupied by Teheran.

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Published: Wed 29 Mar 2006, 9:48 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

Bashir, who made these remarks at the opening of the Arab summit, called for finding a solution to the issue either through direct dialogue or international arbitration.

“Out of our keenness to maintain fraternity and cooperation between Islamic countries, we hope the Islamic republic of Iran would respond positively to the stance of the UAE — adopted since the era of the sage of Arabs — the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan — in a manner that helps achieve security and stability in the region,” the Sudanese leader told the gathering of Arab rulers.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, held separate meetings here yesterday with Syrian President Basahr Al Assad, the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Algerian President Aldulaziz Bouteflika.

The meetings were attended by members of the UAE delegation including: Interior Minister Lt-Gen. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Economy Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Hussain Al Sha’ali and Sudanese Ambassador to UAE Abdullah Al Basha.

Shaikh Mohammed, who is heading the UAE delegation to the current Arab Summit in Khartoum, discussed with President Assad fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries, current developments in the region and ways to bolster Arab solidarity and pan-Arab interests.

Shaikh Mohammed met Shaikh Hamad of Qatar and discussed inter-Arab relations, the ongoing Arab summit and ways to boost joint Arab action.

The meeting was attended by Shaikh Hamad bin Jabr Al Thani, Qatari First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister.

Later yesterday, Shaikh Mohammed held a meeting with Algerian president. During the meeting, the ongoing Arab summit, expected outcome and bolstering pan-Arab solidarity were discussed. The meeting was attended by Aldulaziz Balkhadem, representative of the Algerian president.

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