Ordeals pose opportunities to show generous and noble positions. In our Arab region, there are many ordeals that caused suffering of people and countries, paving the way for the UAE to show its noble and generous deeds, whether in support or financial aid. Iraqis still remember that the UAE was among the first countries that supported Iraq and its people. The UAE still supports the political process in Iraq as well as its rebuilding efforts, and looks hopefully towards the efforts that the Iraqi government exerts to achieve national unity and security in the country.
In this regard, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the UAE, asserted while receiving Mr. Nouri Al Malki, Prime Minister of Iraq on July 7th, 2008, that “The UAE has decided to cancel all Iraqi debts, worth US$ four billion, offered over a period of time to the country, in addition to all its interests.”
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa further explained: “The decision of the UAE to waive all its debts of Iraq is an expression of the deep brotherly and solidarity between both countries, and a support to the Iraqi government to implement its restructuring and rebuilding plans and projects,” calling on other countries to help Iraq in all ways possible to achieve this goal, and adding that “The UAE is announcing the reopening of its embassy in Baghdad, driven by the importance of connecting Iraq with its Arab neighbors.”
The Palestinian issue
The UAE has always been supporting the Palestinian case and constantly asserted its strong belief that “the settlement of the Middle East issues can never be achieved with the occupation, settlement, and blockades that face the Palestinian people, who currently undergo the worst human crisis due to the killing and destruction and group arrests” and that “continuing the -Israeli- occupation will definitely lead to more violence and lack of security, not only in the lands occupied by -Israel-, but also in the entire region".
To this end, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, renewed the call in his speech in front of the UN General Assembly to “making the Middle East, including the Gulf region, a region free of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which requires Israel to abide by the UN resolutions to have its nuclear facilities inspected and supervised by the IEAE , as well as unconditionally joining the regional and international pacts against the spread of such weapons. It also encouraged Iran to keep cooperating with the IEAE and the international community to eliminate concerns on its nuclear program and its objectives.” He also called on all parties to “continue the diplomatic and political efforts, avoiding irresponsible escalation to help reach an agreement that ensures security and stability for the region and its people.”
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah also reiterated the UAE's strong support to the Palestinian – "Israeli" peace negotiations, including the final settlement negotiations and the Annapolis meeting results, expressing at the same time his concerns over the “Israeli” carelessness in dealing with those negotiations and calling on the international community, especially the Security Council to exert more efforts to pressure “Israel” lift the blockade imposed on the Palestinians and to abide by all related international laws to end its occupation to the Palestinian and Arab lands that have been occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan and some Lebanese lands."
The UAE never hesitated to extend its aid to Sudan as well. In supporting the efforts to solve the Darfur issue, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah hailed the efforts of the UN and the African Union to solve the crisis and reach a peaceful settlement, within full commitment to respect the sovereignty of Sudan.