Who needs enemies with ‘friends’ like this?
The four-minute footage displayed the last visit made by Emirati volunteers of the UAE Armed Forces to Kosovo. Abu Dhabi – Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, on Tuesday posted a video on his official Twitter page showing the aid and assistance the UAE offered during the Kosovo war in 1999.
The footage displayed the last visit made by Emirati volunteers to KLA and their families. It shows also an Emirati woman, who was then member of the UAE Armed Forces volunteer team and who came to Kosovo to halep the ‘Kosovo’ (i.e. Albanian) cause – ethnic cleansing of Orthodox Christian Serbs.
Shaikh Abdullah, commenting on the clip, said: “A good model of an Emirati girl.”
There was no surprise when the Emirates recognized so called ‘Kosovo’ soon after Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, on 14 October 2008.
I wonder about Serbian PM and gov. reaction concerning this, since Aleksandar Vucic openly says that Sheikh bin Zayed is ‘his friend’.
It was soon after Vucic became PM that Bin Zayed boosted their interest and investment in Serbia. Actually, it’s not cleart whether Vucic brought bin Zayed to Serbia, or bin Zayed (among others) assisted in bringing Vucic to power.
17 February 2013. Vucuc signed agreement on cooperation in military industry with Sheikh bin Zayed! For the beginning the Emirates shall invest 33 million Dollars in production of the ALAS rocket system the production of which the SDPR began as early as in 2007. The agreement with the ‘Earth’, a state company from the Emirates shall be signed today and it envisages the total investment of 220 million Dollars in the following four years.
Aleksandar Vucic and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan sign inter-state agreements, 2013: http://english.blic.rs/News/9448/Aleksandar-Vucic-and-Sheikh-Abdullah-bin-Zayed-al-Nahyan-sign-interstate-agreements
Over the past two years the UAE have invested billions of dollars in Serbia.
The Emirati leadership has agreed lucrative deals to develop the Serbian arms industry; bought a significant stake in its national airline; and handed out multibillion dollar loans to the government.
The reasons for UAE investment in Serbia are shrouded in secrecy, although Serbian sources have revealed to MEE that they go far beyond any potential financial rewards.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan has been accused of acting as a proxy for the US and Israel in Eastern Europe while also attempting to exploit a loosely regulated Serbian arms market to distribute weapons across the Middle East.
Mohammed Dahlan at a Fatah rally in 2007, before he was kicked out of the party after being accused of corruption.
Behind the huge investment lies the shadowy figure of exiled Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan. (!! He was granted Serbian citizenship last week!) He is said to be at the centre of a web facilitating communication between the UAE with American and Israeli intelligence figures while also aiding corrupt Emirati investments in Serbia that have lined the pockets of their political leaders. As my Middle Eastern sources claim Mohammed Dahlan could be planning to use country as base to launch leadership challenge against Palestinian Authority leader.
While the source said the UAE is primarily interested in Serbia’s burgeoning defence industry, the Emiratis have also made numerous other investments across several industries.
One of the most prominent deals has been Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways buying a 49 percent stake in Serbia’s lossmaking JAT Airways in August 2013. A new company was born out of that investment, Air Serbia, with the stated aim of creating an eastern European transportation sub-hub.
The deal, however, has been criticised as corrupt by a former economic advisor to the Serbian government.
“Etihad provided a credit note, not a direct investment, in the JAT deal that will later be converted to shares,” Dusan Pavlovic, who served as advisor to the Minister of Economy in Serbia from September 2013 to January 2014, told MEE. “The Republic of Serbia is the guarantor of this credit note and if the new company goes bust it is the Serbian people who will have to pay up the 40 million euros.”
“If this were to happen an additional two million euros would have to be paid in legal fees to a company involving people close to the Serbian prime minister,” he added.
January 2012, Abu Dabi: so called Kosovo (Albanian) president Atifete Jahjaga with Sheikh bin Zayed – quote: “Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, who is also chairman of Abu Dhabi and also holds other important positions in the state, emphasized that the United Arab Emirates have helped Kosovo without hesitation so far and this assistance, will continue and will intensify in the future. He offered President Jahjaga his full support and that of the United Arab Emirates in all processes the Republic of Kosovo is going through.” ( http://www.president-ksgov.net/?page=2,6,2140 )
Deals involving UAE investments in Serbia are kept secret from the public because of a condition in an agreement signed between the two governments in March 2013, according to Pavlovic.
“This agreement included provisions to overrule some domestic law in Serbia. For example, any investment that comes from the UAE is given priority over local deals,” he said.
“The agreement for UAE investments in Serbia stipulates that the details of all deals must remain secret.”
Pavlovic slammed many of the most high-profile Emirati investments and criticised the Serbian government for lying to their people.
He described a proposed multibillion dollar property investment by the Emiratis in Belgrade (‘Beograd na Vodi’) as “totally absurd”, saying “there simply isn’t the market for luxury apartments” in a country as poor as Serbia.
He criticised the sale of agricultural land to the UAE worth hundreds of millions of dollars as preventing local Serbians from accessing huge farming areas, condemning the government’s claim that the land was derelict as a “complete lie”.