On the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of UAE met with U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey to discuss current issues and latest developments taking place in the Syrian region.
Dr.Anwar emphasised that they will receive unwavering support and continue restoring security and stability in Syria and discussed the importance of finding a solution to end the Syrian crisis through a comprehensive political dialogue.
UN special for Syria, known as Staffan de Mistura will receive endless support from UAE for bringing about a successful political process in Syria.
The objectives to restore peace in Yemen and Syria through political solutions and providing humanitarian assistance was in line with the nine objectives that it will continue to establish in cooperation with international partners around the world.
At the 73rd United Nations General assembly meetings UAE addressed on key issues relevant to international cooperation, maintaining peace and sustainable humanitarian development and its nine objectives are
Firstly : Supporting and restoring regional peace in the Middle East through its partnership with the United Nations. In this respect, tolerance represents a fundamental value that the country deems as an important factor to ensure stability in the region, with the country’s leadership setting a model to be copied for building up peaceful societies capable of confronting subversive ideologies. The UAE seeks to share this fundamental value with the countries of the region and the entire world.
Second: Confronting terrorism and extremism. The UAE said it believes that regional stability would not be possible without uprooting terrorism and extremism, which the country regards as one of the most critical threats to international security. The UAE will continue to work with UN member states and various UN organisations to exchange best practices to counter terrorism and establish new partnerships in this regard.
Third: Promoting peace and diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, as the country exhibits full readiness to support all constructive efforts to reach peaceful settlement to all armed conflicts in the region, including those flaring in Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, by adopting measures based on peaceful dialogue and confidence-building.
Fourth: Alleviating humanitarian suffering by providing developmental and humanitarian aid as the UAE believes that settlement of disputes is inseparably associated with ensuring sustainable development. Within this context., the OECD named the UAE as the world’s largest Official Development Aid donor relative to national income.
Fifth: Gender-Equality and women’s empowerment. The UAE continues to underline the importance of gender equality and promote women’s empowerment as an integral part of its policies- an approach which manifests itself in the country’s partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women. In this respect The UAE will continue to support the UN Secretary-Genera’ strategy on gender equality.
Sixth: Supporting youth’s integration into society, as the UAE strongly believes that addressing challenges is not possible without adopting a future-oriented approach based on delivering genuine partnerships with youth.
Seventh: Reforming the UN to empower it to fulfill its obligations, as the UAE believes that the world organisation is entrusted with a major role in confronting cross-border challenges, including the current unprecedented waves of displacement, chronic conflicts, urgent humanitarian needs during crises and the escalating role of non-state parties. The UAE will remain committed to supporting the UN; however it will in the same time endeavour to sustain reform efforts made to enhance the world organisation’s ability to address the current geopolitical status quo.
Eighth: Leading efforts to harness technologies with the ultimate goal of addressing major global challenges. This includes fostering cooperation in areas of digital space, future of corporate governance and dedicating science and innovation to realise SDGs.
Ninth: Addressing climate change and mitigating its impact. The UAE is diligently working to propel international efforts aimed at confronting climate change threats by supporting renewable energy investments and cultivating robust partnerships with other international parties concerned.
Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva said “UAE’s humanitarian commitment towards the Syrian people and noted that the country currently hosts over 242,000 Syrian residents. The UAE also runs Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan, which is home to more than 7,000 Syrian refugees.”
UAE pledged to provide US $60 million more to help Syrian people earlier this year, thus bringing the total value of UAE’s aid assistance to US $1 billion (this value is totalled of all aid provided since the start of the Syrian crisis). The 7 year long crisis is notably one of the biggest humanitarian crisis and Al Zaabi has expressed his gratitude to UAE and international leaders to restoring conflicts between several different parties in Syria and enabling the chance for them to come to the negotiations table to arrive at comprehensive and equitable settlement.