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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Another milestone in the UAE-India bilateral relationship

Our readers have their say on Ethiopia, the UAE passport and animal welfare

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, meets with Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India. Ryan Carter / Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, meets with Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India. Ryan Carter / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

I write in reference to your article UAE and India agree to collaborate on African aid projects, starting with Ethiopia’s IT centre of excellence (December 5): Daniel Sanderson’s article was a good read. In her recent visit to the UAE, Indian external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj signed a landmark deal providing joint Indian and UAE aid to Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. This move is laudable. It represents one more milestone in India and the UAE’s long standing bilateral relationship. And the gesture is very good.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The UAE passport: a source of pride to Arabs everywhere

I refer to your article Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed praises team who powered UAE’s passport to No 1 in the world (December 5): this makes me very happy. These things make all Arabs proud. Hopefully our Egyptian government will focus on important things like the passport index.

Name withheld by request

Animals belong in the wild, not in zoos or the circus

I write in reference to your article Platinumlist seeks to cut ties with Dubai circus following backlash over use of animals (December 4): it should be banned by law to take wild annimals into circuses, as it is in most developed countries. It’s almost 2019.

Fred Inger, Norway

All animals belong in their original habitats. I will not go to a zoo, a dolphinarium, or even a safari park, even if entry is free. We should all instead go to see them in the wild.

Cecillia Zapata, Dubai

You know what, I’d actually take the cost of a ticket for the circus and give it to a local animal welfare charity if they cut ties. It would be worth it.

Anne Van Binsbergen-Hope, Abu Dhabi