Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 September 2020

UAE and US increase diplomatic immunity of consular staff

The move is described as testament to the value that the US and UAE place on the safety of their consular teams

US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, right. Anna Moneymaker / The New York Times / Bloomberg
US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, right. Anna Moneymaker / The New York Times / Bloomberg

The UAE and the US have signed an agreement to increase the diplomatic privileges and immunity of Emirati and American consular staff serving in both countries.

The "Enhanced Consular Privileges and Immunities Agreement" will strengthen the ability of consular staff to advance national interests and protect the interests of citizens.

The agreement "is a testament to the value that the United States and the UAE place on the safety and morale of their consular teams", said the US Department of State.

"The UAE continues to be an important strategic partner in maintaining stability in the Gulf, protecting American interests in the Middle East and ensuring the free flow of commerce throughout the Gulf region," it said.

"We are grateful for the strong bilateral partnership we continue to have with the UAE and look forward to future initiatives."

Updated: September 13, 2020 09:07 PM

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