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Sudanese general accuses UAE of supplying paramilitary RSF

Sudanese general accuses UAE of supplying paramilitary RSF

A top Sudanese general has said the United Arab Emirates is sending supplies to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), publicly accusing the UAE of involvement in its war with its powerful paramilitary rival for the first time. Army leaders had previously only hinted at interference from unnamed neighbouring countries in the seven-month-old war, which has displaced more than 6 million people and triggered waves of ethnically driven killings in Darfur. "We have information from intelligence, military intelligence, and the diplomatic circuit that the UAE sends planes to support the Janjaweed," General Yassir al-Atta said in a speech to members of the General Intelligence Service…
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UAE’s post-oil ambitions steer a multibillion-dollar push into African freight

UAE’s post-oil ambitions steer a multibillion-dollar push into African freight

UNITED Arab Emirates-based companies and funds are doubling down on a foray into Africa's freight and logistics scene. Earlier this week, Emirati maritime giant, DP World, inked a US$250 million port contract with Tanzania to operate part of Dar es Salaam's port for 30 years. DP World will exclusively manage four city dock moorings and share control of another four with the Tanzania Port Authority. Plasduce Mbossa, the authority's director general stated contracts will be reviewed every five years. Tanzania's deal with UAE follows President Samia Suluhu Hassan's previous agreement, allowing DP World to consultatively oversee all Tanzanian ports. Although…
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From Russia with gold: UAE cashes in as sanctions bite

From Russia with gold: UAE cashes in as sanctions bite

PETER HOBSON THE United Arab Emirates has become a key trade hub for Russian gold since Western sanctions over Ukraine cut Russia's more traditional export routes, Russian customs records show. The records, which contain details of nearly a thousand gold shipments in the year since the Ukraine war started, show the Gulf state imported 75.7 tonnes of Russian gold worth $4.3 billion - up from just 1.3 tonnes in 2021. China and Turkey were the next biggest destinations, importing about 20 tonnes each between February 24, 2022 and March 3, 2023. With the UAE, the three countries accounted for 99.8%…
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Fiance of U.S. citizen detained in UAE fears he will be extradited to Egypt

Fiance of U.S. citizen detained in UAE fears he will be extradited to Egypt

AN Egyptian-American national detained while visiting the United Arab Emirates fears he will be extradited to Egypt for criticising authorities there ahead of the country hosting the COP27 climate conference last month, his fiance said. The UAE, a close ally of Egypt, arrested Sherif Osman, who resides in the United States, on November 6 at the request of an Arab League entity responsible for coordinating law enforcement and security matters, a UAE official confirmed to Reuters on Thursday. The official said Emirati authorities were working to secure "requisite legal documentation required in preparing the extradition file", without specifying to which…
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Saudi Arabia to invest $3 bln in Sudan investment fund

Saudi Arabia to invest $3 bln in Sudan investment fund

SAUDI Arabia has committed to investing $3 billion in a joint fund for investments in Sudan, and to encourage other parties to participate, Sudanese minister of Cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif has told Reuters. Earlier this week, Sudan had secured a recommitment from Saudi Arabia to a $1.5 billion grant it had first announced in April 2019. The commitments came from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Yousif said, during a visit by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials this week, seeking to boost cooperation as Sudan's transitional authorities struggle to tackle a long-running economic crisis. Sudan received…
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Israel to halt Palestinian land annexation in historic deal with UAE

Israel to halt Palestinian land annexation in historic deal with UAE

MAHA EL DAHAN, JEFFREY HELLER and STEVE HOLLAND  ISRAEL and the United Arab Emirates have announced an agreement that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two states, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to Iran. Under the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel has agreed to suspend annexing areas of the occupied West Bank as it had been planning to do, White House officials said. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as…
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Saudi Arabia condemns cartoons offending Prophet Mohammad

Saudi Arabia condemns cartoons offending Prophet Mohammad

SAUDI Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, has condemned cartoons offending the Prophet Mohammad and any attempts to link Islam with terrorism but did not echo calls by other Muslim states for action against images being displayed in France of the Prophet. A foreign ministry official also said in a statement that the Gulf state condemns all acts of terrorism, in an apparent reference to the beheading of a teacher in Paris this month by an Islamist radical avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet in a class on freedom of expression. "Freedom of expression and culture should be a…
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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development provides $556.6 million to Sudan

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development provides $556.6 million to Sudan

THE Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has provided $556.6 million to Sudan in monetary, economic, and other forms of aid, and said it will continue to provide assistance to Sudan to complete a $1.5 billion grant the UAE committed to last year. That total included a previously announced $250 million dollar deposit in Sudan's central bank, as well as $119.8 million in budget support. The aid also included 540,000 tonnes of wheat worth $144.7 million, medical aid worth $19.75 million and educational aid worth $11.4. - Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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Mali’s ousted president returns home after treatment abroad

Mali’s ousted president returns home after treatment abroad

MALI’S ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has returned home after spending six weeks in the United Arab Emirates getting medical treatment, the head of his party said. Keita - who was overthrown in a military coup in August - did not make a statement and his Rally for Mali (RPM) party did not give any details on what his next move would be. The 75-year-old was toppled after weeks of protests against his government's failure to rein in violence by Islamist militants and ethnic militias, amid widespread anger over alleged corruption and the sluggish economy. He was hospitalised six days…
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Saudi and UAE condemn Israel over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

Saudi and UAE condemn Israel over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

SAUDI Arabia and the United Arab Emirates yesterday condemned Israel's plans to evict Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, following a night of violence in Jerusalem. Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday. The clashes at Islam's third holiest site and around East Jerusalem, which injured 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers, came amid mounting anger over the planned evictions. "Saudi Arabia rejects Israel's plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them," the kingdom's…
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