UAE president arrives in India for working visit

DUBAI: The UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday for a working visit to India, the Emirates News Agency reported.


Sheikh Mohamed’s agenda includes discussions with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ways to strengthen the two countries’ strategic partnership, and attending the 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Wednesday.


Modi welcomed Sheikh Mohamed on his arrival at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. The two leaders saw a large-scale artwork, which included portraits of themselves, and witnessed a performance by a local folk group.


Modi accompanied Sheikh Mohamed from the airport as local residents waved Emirati and Indian flags.


Sheikh Mohamed was in Baku on Monday for an official visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of Ilham Aliyev, the country’s president.



DUBAI: Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II and Princess Rajwa Al-Hussein will visit Singapore on a two-day working trip for their first official overseas visit as a couple.


A statement from the Royal Hashemite Court read: “HRH Crown Prince Al-Hussein, accompanied by HRH Princess Rajwa Al-Hussein, on Thursday begins a two-day working visit to Singapore, where His Royal Highness will meet President Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and senior officials and business leaders.” 


The crown prince will also visit the Institute of Technical Education and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to discuss cooperation in human capital development. 


The 29-year-old heir to Jordan’s throne wed his bride, a Saudi architect, on June 1, 2023.


The princess sparked a social media frenzy with her wedding outfits. For the ceremony she wore a classic white gown by Elie Saab, Lebanese fashion designer to the stars, before changing into a white, cap-sleeve ballgown by prestigious Italian label Dolce & Gabbana for the reception. 


TEHRAN: An attack, which was later claimed by a Sunni Muslim extremist group, killed a policeman in restive southeastern Iran on Wednesday, state media reported.

Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the attack took place, is one of the few mainly Sunni provinces in Shiite-dominated Iran and has seen persistent unrest involving drug-smuggling gangs and rebels from the Baluchi ethnic minority as well as extremists.

“In an exchange of fire this morning between forces from a police station in Rask and members of an armed group, one of the policemen was killed,” Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported.

The news agency said the firefight lasted around three hours before the arrival of police reinforcements prompted the assailants to withdraw.

The attack was claimed by extremist group Jaish Al-Adl (Army of Justice) in a brief statement on its Telegram channel. Jaish Al-Adl was formed in 2012 and is blacklisted by Iran as a “terrorist” group.

It was the second deadly attack on security forces in Rask claimed by the group in recent weeks.

At least 11 officers were killed in a similar attack on a police station in the town before dawn on December 15.

Sistan-Baluchistan province borders Pakistan and Afghanistan and has long been regarded as a key access point for militant groups, drug smugglers and irregular migrants.

Last week, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced new measures to firm up security along the porous border, following twin suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State extremist group that killed more than 90 people at a high-profile state event in the southern city of Kerman.

Vahidi said authorities had identified “priority points to block along the border.”





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