UAE plans to open more missions in 
Africa, S. America

ABU DHABI — The UAE is planning to expand its diplomatic network with new missions in Kenya and Uganda, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

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Published: Wed 18 Aug 2010, 12:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:12 AM

At present, the UAE has 77 embassies across the world.

“We are also planning to boost our presence in Latin America by opening an embassy in Chile,” he told reporters after the opening session of the Fifth Forum of UAE Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Representations abroad.

The Minister admitted that despite this massive expansion, the UAE is facing a shortage in diplomatic cadres.

“However, we will attract more Emiratis and train them to join the diplomatic corps,” he indicated.

He highlighted the critical role the UAE embassies abroad are playing in serving interest of the nation and its citizens, noting that over 31,000 citizens had registered with Tawajedi, a Foreign Ministry initiative to serve UAE citizens travelling abroad at times of crises and emergencies.

He said Emirati women are playing a commendable role in representing the UAE abroad. Dr Gargash will review the ministry’s political report today.

Meanwhile, Yasser Abdu Rabu, member of the political bureau of Fatah Movement, will speak about the latest developments in the Middle East peace process.

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