| 23 February 2024, Friday |

UAE Calls for Immediate De-escalation, Cessation of Hostilities in Ukraine

The United Arab Emirates called at a meeting of the UN Security Council for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, state news agency WAM said on Saturday.

It expressed “particular alarm at the consequences for civilians present in Ukraine, as well as for the region, and for the international community,” WAM added.

The Foreign Ministry emphasized the importance of ensuring that humanitarian assistance reaches those in need, and called on all parties to respect International Humanitarian Law, prioritize the protection of civilians, and allow for the unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Speaking to the Council, Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh underscored the UAE’s willingness to work with members of the Security Council to achieve de-escalation and the cessation of hostilities.

“Being from the Middle East, we are intimately aware of the critical importance of a stable regional security environment, and of de-escalation, diplomacy, and dialogue. Similarly, we understand from experience the need for inclusive and consultative processes.”

Nusseibeh added that the UAE is committed to the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of all UN member states and expressed support for the various diplomatic initiatives and channels aimed at resolving the crisis.

“That is the clear sentiment that this Council is united on,” she concluded.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat