Mohammed receives UN Secretary-General

February 26, 2013 | By More

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today received the visiting UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in the presence of Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting reviewed the latest regional and international humanitarian issues and the role of the states, governments, organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies in supporting people affected by disasters, displacement and hunger in the world.

Shaikh Mohammed stressed the firm UAE policy regarding the right for decent living, resolution of the regional and international conflicts through the dialogue and understanding far from the language of force and threat, as well as the acknowledgment of legitimate rights of people to achieve justice in accordance with the international norms and laws enshrined in the UN convention.

The UAE Vice President underlined that the UAE supports the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, as well as the international efforts to help the Palestinians set up their independent state on their soil.

Ban Ki-moon hailed the role of the UAE and its humanitarian organisations in helping the needy people, citing the humanitarian and charitable initiatives of the UAE leadership, which is always there to support needy people.

He praised Emirati woman’s empowerment programme and her participation in the comprehensive development programme. The UN secretary general noted that the UAE is a role model when it comes to the woman empowerment in the region.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and chairman of Emirates Group, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and hospitality, UN officials, and a number of other senior officials were in attendance.

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