Gulf in the News – August 30, 2012

UAE urges for peaceful solution to occupied islands

Source: Gulf Today (read full story)

TEHRAN: The UAE is committed to all the principles on which the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was established, in particular respecting the sovereignty of states, the settlement of conflicts through peaceful means as well as the rejection of foreign occupation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gergash said in a statement at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran.

“Based on this, and in emphasis of cementing the historic relations and good neighbour policy, the UAE calls on Iran to respond to its calls to find a peaceful and just solution to the issue of the UAE’s islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb which are currently occupied by the Islamic Republic of Iran either through bilateral negotiations or by referring the case to the International Court of Justice,” Gergash added.

Majority Bloc discusses ‘failure’ of the protests – Plans to revive Ramadan petition

Source: Kuwait Times (read full story)

“MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun called for a meeting within days to avoid having the same problems take place again during the second demonstration planned in two weeks”, the sources said under the condition of anonymity.

They further added that the bloc (a coalition of oppositionists who dominated majority seats in the annulled 2012 parliament), looks to “revive Ramadan’s petition” that rejects the Cabinet’s step to refer the electoral law to the Constitutional Court.

Saudi prisoners in Jordan ask to finish sentences at home

Source: Arab News (read full story)

Hamad Al-Hajri of the Saudi Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Amman said Saudi Arabia and Jordan have signed an agreement to swap prisoners but nothing has been done yet.

“The agreement, endorsed by the Jordanian Parliament and the House of Representatives has not been put into effect,” he said.

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