Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan gets married

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed got married on Wednesday. (Instagram: @faz3)
Updated 16 May 2019
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Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan gets married

  • Two of the crown prince’s brothers were also married on the same day
  • The crown prince’s sister Sheikha Latifa confirmed the news on her Instagram account

DUBAI: Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed got married on Wednesday to Sheikha Shaikha bin Saeed bin Thani Al-Maktoum in a religious ceremony in the emirate, the UAE’s Gulf News has reported.
Two of the crown prince’s brothers were also married on the same day — Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, deputy ruler of Dubai, wed Sheikha Mayram bint Butti Al-Maktoum while Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammed got married to Sheikh Midya bint Dalmouj Al-Maktoum.
The crown prince’s sister Sheikha Latifa confirmed the news on her Instagram account with a picture of the three brothers and a caption: “The nation is rejoiced.”
The announcement of three of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s nuptials caused a buzz on social media with people sending their congratulations to the three couples, while an Arabic hashtag #Spirit_Of_The_Union became a trending topic in the UAE.


Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between US and Iran

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Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between US and Iran

  • ‘We are trying to help and to be mediators’
  • The crisis takes root in President Donald Trump’s withdrawal last year of the US from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers

BAGHDAD: Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers steadily unravels.
Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed Al-Hakim, made the offer Sunday during a joint news conference in Baghdad with visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“We are trying to help and to be mediators,” said Al-Hakim, adding that Baghdad “will work to reach a satisfactory solution” while stressing that Iraq stands against unilateral steps taken by Washington.
In recent weeks, tensions between Washington and Tehran soared over America deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Arabian Gulf over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran.
The crisis takes root in President Donald Trump’s withdrawal last year of the US from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that capped Iran’s uranium enrichment activities in return to lifting sanctions. Washington subsequently re-imposed sanctions on Iran, sending its economy into freefall.
Trump has argued that the deal failed to sufficiently curb Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons or halt its support for militias throughout the Middle East that the US says destabilize the region, as well as address the issue of Tehran’s missiles, which can reach both US regional bases and Israel.
Zarif, who was been on a whirlwind diplomatic offensive to preserve the rest of the accord, insisted that Iran “did not violate the nuclear deal” and urged European nations to exert efforts to preserve the deal following the US pullout.
Speaking about the rising tensions with the US, Zarif said Iran will be able to “face the war, whether it is economic or military through steadfastness and its forces.” He also urged for a non-aggression agreement between Iran and Arab countries in the Gulf.
The mediation offer by Al-Hakim, Iraq’s foreign minister, echoed one made Saturday by Mohamad Al-Halbousi, the Iraqi parliament speaker. Al-Hakim also expressed concern for Iran’s spiraling economy.
“The sanctions against sisterly Iran are ineffective and we stand by its side,” Al-Hakim said.