Saudi Arabia backs UAE bid for non-permanent UN Security Council seat

The UAE earlier proposed the allocation of a permanent seat for Arabs in the UN Security Council. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 02 July 2020

Saudi Arabia backs UAE bid for non-permanent UN Security Council seat

  • The UAE earlier proposed the allocation of a permanent seat for Arabs in the UN Security Council

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is backing its Gulf neighbor, the UAE’s bid for a non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2022-23.

Khalid bin Muhammad Manzalawi, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, called on other countries to support the UAE candidacy during a virtual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group of the world body.

Manzalawi said the ‘UAE has succeeded in addressing major issues closely related to international cooperation, peace, security, and sustainable development’ and ‘it has a leading humanitarian action, represented through its close cooperation with the United Nations and international partners to reach the common goal of achieving lasting peace in the Middle East and around the entire world.’

The Saudi envoy praised the UAE’s efforts ‘to promote the message of peace, spread a culture of tolerance, in addition to its work in supporting diplomatic efforts aimed at settling disputes by peaceful means through dialogue and confidence-building.’

The UAE earlier repeated its call for the allocation of a permanent seat for Arabs in the UN Security Council, which could be filled by rotation as is done by the League of Arab States.

The enlargement of permanent and non-permanent membership of the Security Council should be consistent and approved by at least two thirds of the members of the General Assembly, Abdul Aziz Nasser Al-Shamsi, the UAE's permanent representative to the UN, has proposed.


UK govt: British women strip-searched in Qatar

Updated 29 October 2020

UK govt: British women strip-searched in Qatar

  • London describes incident as ‘unacceptable’
  • Strip-search took place in Doha airport

LONDON: British authorities have formally registered concerns with Qatar following reports that two women who are UK nationals were strip-searched in Doha.

The forced medical examinations were carried out in Doha airport after authorities discovered a newborn baby in a bin.

This, it is claimed, prompted them to conduct “urgently decided” intrusive examinations, described as “absolutely terrifying” by one of 13 Australian women on a flight to Sydney who were subjected to them.

The British women were part of a group that was forced to disembark flights before having their underwear removed for a female medical professional to carry out an examination assessing if they had recently given birth.

The complaint was registered by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which said in a statement: “We are providing ongoing support to two British women following an incident in Doha. We have formally expressed our concern with the Qatari authorities and Qatar Airways and are seeking assurances an unacceptable incident like this cannot happen again.”

Australian officials said passengers from 10 flights leaving Doha on Oct. 2 were subjected to the ordeal.

“The advice that has been provided indicates that the treatment of the women concerned was offensive, grossly inappropriate, and beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent,” said a spokeswoman for the office of Australia’s foreign minister.

Sources familiar with the incident have said the newborn is alive and in care, and the mother has not been identified.

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