UAE-trained separatists land on Yemeni island amid dispute- Officials



UAE-trained separatists land on Yemeni island amid dispute- Officials


The UAE is a major partner in a Saudi-led military campaign that is supporting Yemen’s internationally recognised government against Iran-allied rebels, who are in control of the capital Sana’a.

However, ties between the Yemeni government and the UAE have recently soured amid accusations that the UAE is supporting separatists in Yemen.

“More than 100 fighters from the so-called Security Belt [UAE-backed southern forces] arrived on Monday at Socotra on the pretext of protecting it.

“This is unacceptable,’’ a Yemeni government official told dpa on condition of anonymity.

According to the official, the fighters arrived aboard a UAE vessel carrying the flag of Yemeni separatists.

Another government official confirmed the UAE-backed militiamen’s landing on Socotra, located near key shipping routes.

“This militia and others are supported, trained and armed by the Emirates, which claims to have come to Yemen to back the government,’’ Mokhtar al-Rahbi, an advisor to the Yemeni information minister, said in a tweet.

“What is happening is the contrary. It’s an attempt to destroy legitimacy,’’ al-Rahbi said, referring to the internationally recognised government based in the southern city of Aden.

The separatists’ reported landing comes days after the head of the Socotra local council, Ramzy Mahrus, warned against sending militias, saying such a move would trigger feuds in the archipelago.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash dismissed reports that his country had dispatched forces this week to the island, calling them “false news.’’

Southern separatists are seeking to re-establish the former South Yemen.

Yemen’s unification took place in 1990, when North and South Yemen formed the present-day Republic of Yemen.

In 2018, the Yemeni government accused the UAE of sending forces and military hardware to Socotra and controlling its airport and harbour.

Socotra, recognised by the UNESCO as a world natural heritage site, is famous for its rich biodiversity.

The island is home to many endemic species, with an estimated one third of its plants being unique.

Socotra is the largest of the Indian Ocean archipelagos and is located about 240 kilometres east of the Horn of Africa.

Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, has been locked in a devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthi rebels since late 2014.

The feud intensified in March 2015, when the Houthis advanced on the southern city of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies to start an air campaign against the Shiite group.


15th Abuja Int’l trade fair to feature 500 exhibitors – ACCI



The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) says its 15th Abuja International Trade Fair will feature not more than 500 local and foreign exhibitors.

ACCI Media Officer Latifat Opoola who made the disclosure on Sunday said the fair would hold in October at the Abuja Trade and Convention with the theme “Trade and Commerce Beyond Borders”.

According to Opoola, this year’s event in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols will only showcase indoor and virtual exhibitions to make room for a controlled environment that will ensure social distancing.

She noted that an average attendance of 100,000 visitors from both Nigeria and 150 countries, including U.K., United States, UAE, India, Malasyia and China would participate both physically and virtually at the fair.

She said other countries like Saudi Arabia, Ghana, South Africa, among others,  were expected to participate.

She noted that over the years, the fair had been an amazing trade platform for international and domestic industry professionals, leading brands and MSMEs to transact, share market insights, cutting edge technology and expertise in an interactive environment.

“This year’s event will provide a platform for sharing of trade, investment and market opportunity as well as information. It will also help buyers, investors and traders to foster business relationships.

“Over 500 exhibitors from within and outside Nigeria in all sectors of the economy, including Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining, Electricity, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Textile, Transport, Telecommunications, Financial and Service sectors are expected to participate.

“With a team of trade professionals, we are persistent in providing a conducive trading atmosphere for our exhibitors, which will lead to strategies and tactics needed to innovate, grow and promote businesses,” she said in a statement.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on Oct. 22,  while the closing ceremony holds on Nov. 2.

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Indian court issues 2nd arrest warrant for GP Global bunker tanker – document



An Indian court has issued a second arrest warrant for a marine refuelling tanker, owned by troubled UAE oil trader GP Global after it failed to make payments to its ship manager, court documents showed.

On Sept. 10, the High Court of the Western Indian state of Gujrat granted the vessel manager’s, Singapore-based Celestial Ship Management Pte Ltd, a request to arrest the GP B3 bunker tanker for unpaid dues, according to the court documents seen by Reuters.

On the previous day, the same court granted a request by the National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) to arrest the same GP Global-owned bunker tanker after the oil trader defaulted on a loan payment.

Celestial, which offered technical management, crewing and other services for the GP Global ship, said it was owed over $600,000 in outstanding claims, interest and court fees, the company told the court.

Among the registered directors of Celestial are Prachi Goel and Swati Goel, who are the spouses of the directors and shareholders of GP Global, Prerit Goel and Manan Goel, respectively, according to Singapore company records.

Celestial and GP Global’s Asia Pacific office in Singapore also share the same address, company records showed.

GP Global, a supplier of marine fuels worldwide with offices in Europe, Asia and America told Reuters in an email it would not be able to comment “since the matter is sub-judicial”.

Reuters was unable to find contact details for Celestial.

“Celestial had made repeated requests for payment but the last such payment was received in April 2019 and no such payment has been received thereafter,’’ the court said in the document.

Despite having agreed with the vessel’s owner not to commit their own funds for the payment of expenses incurred by the vendors that the ship’s managers engaged, “Celestial was being chased by the vendors and due to the impeccable reputation of (Celestial), they had to make the payment as they were put in an embarrassing position’’, the company told the court.

In July, GP Global said that it had undertaken a financial restructuring exercise after it failed to “get full support from a few financial institutions’’ and denied rumours questioning the company’s financial condition as ‘blatant lies’.

Later in July, the UAE-based trader said that an internal investigation had uncovered fraud within the company and it had filed criminal complaints against some of its employees.


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26 COVID-19 vaccines under development in Russia, says public health chief



Russian Public Health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, on Tuesday stated that no less than 26 different vaccines against coronavirus were currently being developed in the country.

Anna Popova, head of the Rospotrebnadzor, said in August, Sputnik V, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund, became world’s first registered COVID-19 vaccine.

“Thirty-six vaccines are at the stage of clinical trials, and globally 92 vaccines are going through pre-clinical trials,’’ Popova said at a meeting at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

According to him, in Russia, 17 scientific organisations are working on 26 vaccines.

“Currently, around 50 per cent of all the confirmed COVID-19 patients in Russia are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms, thanks to the epidemiological monitoring,’’ she added.

The Rospotrebnadzor chief also stressed that, according to official data, there has been no second wave of the pandemic in Russia during the summer season.

“Today, Spain, Germany and France approach the same figure of 50 per cent of asymptomatic cases, but they lost time when they said there was no coronavirus wave in the summer.

“They believe they had no wave in the summer.

“They believe there were two waves; while we think this is the same epidemiological process, just different manifestations,’’ Popova said at a meeting at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

After registration of Sputnik V, no less than 20 countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil and India, have expressed interest in obtaining the drug.

Moscow’s plans include ramping up production of the vaccine to 200 million doses by the end of 2020, including 30 million in Russia.

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Al Wahda removed from AFC Champions League after failing to arrive in Doha



United Arab Emirates (UAE) club Al Wahda have been withdrawn from the AFC Champions League, the continental football governing body, Asian Football Confederation (AFC), said on Monday.

This is because the club failed to arrive in Doha, Qatar for their remaining group matches.

The AFC Champions League, Asia’s elite club competition, which was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to resume in the West Asia hub of Qatar later on Monday.

The East Asia hub of Malaysia will resume on Oct. 16.

Al Wahda were supposed to arrive in Doha a minimum of four days before their match but informed the AFC last week that they could not travel due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The tests had led to the club being placed under quarantine by authorities in the UAE.

“Al Wahda… shall be considered to have withdrawn from the competition having failed to arrive in Doha, Qatar ahead of their remaining Group A matches.

“…the matches played by Al Wahda in the AFC Champions League (West) shall be considered `null and void’.

‘“For the avoidance of doubt, no points or goals from the previous matches will be considered in determining the final group rankings,” the AFC said in a statement.

Al Wahda were second in Group A after two matches with four points, behind Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli on head-to-head away goals.

The AFC had drafted special rules applicable during the pandemic.

It had informed participating clubs that those who could not travel due to COVID-19 restrictions would be considered to have withdrawn from the competition.

COVID-19 tests conducted on all participating teams in Qatar returned seven positive results over the weekend.

This year’s edition of the AFC Cup, Asia’s second-tier club competition, was cancelled due to the pandemic.


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