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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 August 2018

The UAE is well placed to support South Africa

Our readers have their say on Ramaphosa's visit, diplomacy, China, low-cost airlines and the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi hotel

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks after his meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street, London, April 17, 2018. Hannah McKay / Reuters
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks after his meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street, London, April 17, 2018. Hannah McKay / Reuters

I write in reference to your editorial Strong ties with a revitalised South Africa are mutually-beneficial (July 15): this piece made for an interesting read. The recently elected South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, travelled to the UAE as part of his effort to improve his country’s damaged economy through investment from the Gulf and beyond. He was welcomed by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. I am sure the two leaders discussed future courses of action to develop the bilateral relationship between their two nations. At this pivotal juncture, South Africa needs investment and support to recapture its former economic performance. The UAE is an excellent place to garner such support.

K Ragavan, Denver

Decency is still the lynchpin of successful diplomacy

Please refer to the article by Damien McElroy, Unhindered by the standard logic of decision-making, Trump involves himself in Brexit (July 15), the terms of Brexit are really a local concern of the British people. Perhaps US President Donald Trump could have maintained some discretion and detachment on the issue, irrespective of his personal view.

It is indeed bizarre for a visiting foreign leader to eulogise a possible competitor, to a sitting Prime Minister, not least the US president while visiting a close ally. Decency, like good manners, is the cornerstone of successful diplomacy and democracy.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Has China finally overtaken the US as the reliable power?

I write in reference to your article UAE leaders hail ‘historic’ Chinese state visit by Xi Jinping (July 15): in my view it is far better today to work closely with a stable China than a highly unpredictable and reckless United States.

Name withheld by request

A little taste of New York City right here in Abu Dhabi

I write in reference to your online article A first look inside the new Grand Hayatt Abu Dhabi hotel (July 15): it looks just like the Grand Hyatt in New York, by Grand Central Station.

Reema Soboh, Dubai

Low-cost airlines are great, but not for a six-hour flight

In reference to your article Long-haul, low-cost: How new technology is changing air travel forever (July 15): You have to admit that six hours on a low cost airline is difficult and rather uncomfortable.

Salim Mahmood, Hong Kong

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