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The UAE has pledged a further $15m to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (Unrwa) to help residents of Jenin, following the Israeli military assault on the West Bank city’s refugee camp in early July.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel | Palestine
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The United States Department of Justice has accused dual US/Israeli citizen Gal Luft of trying to broker the sale of Iranian crude oil to China and the sale of Chinese-manufactured weapons to Gulf countries, in contravention of US law.

Iran | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel | Qatar
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The UAE's federal cabinet agreed to set up a Ministry of Investment, with Mohammed Hassan Al-Suwaidi named as the inaugural investment minister. The cabinet also approved a federal law to set up a Financial Stability Council, which aims to underpin stability in the markets and monitor associated risks.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The launch of the Saudi-backed Hadhramaut National Council on 19 June has underlined fears that Yemen could break up into three distinct areas, with the Houthis controlling Sanaa and other parts of the north, while the rest of the country is divided between the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council and other groups supported by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia | Yemen | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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A contract signed in December has given the well-connected UAE company Primera Group the right to export and process much of Democratic Republic of Congo's artisanal gold, attracting scrutiny and criticism inside and outside the African country.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi has continued a recent spate of international travel, leading the UAE delegation to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia mid-June on behalf of President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nayhan (MBZ) – despite the fact that MBZ himself was also at the event.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Oman
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UAE state-owned defence group Edge has signed a partnership and cooperation agreement with the Brazilian Navy for the development of long-range anti-ship missiles.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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There are many reasons for environmentalists to be suspicions about the UAE's stewardship of the upcoming UN Climate Conference COP28, but it could prove a historic mistake for the mostly western critics to underestimate the summit's president-designate Sultan Al-Jaber. While detractors fear the event is morphing into a vehicle for hydrocarbons industry lobbying, the UAE claims it is serious about renewable energy and is recruiting a potentially powerful southern alliance to its side.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Ras Al-Khaimah’s Sheikh Humaid Bin Khalid Al-Qasimi has been appointed chairman of The Rare Age Technologies, a Dubai-based group which aims to use blockchain technology to make museums and art galleries more accessible.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) kept the UAE on its 'grey list' of jurisdictions under increased monitoring. The UAE is one of 26 jurisdictions on the grey list, alongside the likes of Jordan, Turkey and Yemen. The inter-governmental watchdog also kept Iran on its 'black list' of high-risk jurisdictions, alongside North Korea and Myanmar.

Iran | Yemen | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Turkey
Issue 1172 - 29 June 2023

Iran proposes regional forum with GCC

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Iran's foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said he received a favourable reception to the idea of forming a new dialogue forum with Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries, following a series of meetings with his counterparts around the region in June.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Gulf leaders have been prominent interlocutors with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the days since an abortive mutiny by the Wagner Group mercenary force led by Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 1172 - 20 June 2023

Doha and Abu Dhabi reopen embassies

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Qatar and the UAE reopened their embassies in each other's capitals on 19 June, saying it reflected their interest in strengthening bilateral relations. The decision also includes the reopening of Qatar’s consulate in Dubai.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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An Iranian naval commander has claimed GCC states are interested in joining a new coalition to patrol regional waters. Given the concerns in many capitals about recent Iranian seizures of oil tankers that seems unlikely to progress, but the UAE has recently pulled out of the US-led Combined Maritime Forces – seemingly due to unhappiness about the amount of support Washington is willing to give to its regional partners.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) became one of the first international leaders to visit Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following his recent re-election.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Turkey