UAE / by Alistair Galloway

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pledged $137 million in aid of the Syrian crisis. The UAE's foreign minister visited Buenos Aries to discuss cooperation between the Argentinian government and the UAE. Major changes to the Federal government were announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, including the appointment of 5 female cabinet officers and a ‘Happiness and Tolerance’ minister. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed made a visit to India where he signed nine strategic agreements binding the UAE’s relationship with India. UN human rights experts have called for the immediate release of 5 men whom have been held captive and tortured by UAE authorities. The UAE distributed further relief to the Yemen island of Socotra, following a natural disaster last year. The UAE has declared that it will deport more than 20 Lebanese individuals residing in the UAE in response to policies undertaken by the Lebanese foreign ministry. The UAE has announced plans to provide a $2.5 billion grant to the expansion of the Bahraini airport. The foreign minister of the UAE has riterated the UAE’s position in regards to Islamic State (IS), arguing that it is willing to send troops to fight against the militants.