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UAE official Gargash says UAE encourages political solution to Ukraine conflict

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The diplomatic adviser to the UAE president Anwar Gargash said on Sunday that the UAE rejects military solutions and encourages a political settlement to the Ukraine conflict.

“We believe that taking sides will only lead to more violence. [When it comes to] the Ukraine crisis, our priorities are encouraging all sides to adopt diplomacy and negotiations to reach a political settlement that ends this [conflict],” Gargash said on Twitter.

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He also said that the UAE has a “firm stance” regarding the basic principles of the UN, international law and sovereignty of countries.

Gargash added that the “sharp polarization” which the world faces as a result of the conflict in Ukraine “increases the factors of instability.”

“Based on our experience in a region full of conflicts, we [believe] that [reaching] political solutions and creating balances that strengthen security and stability are the best way to confront crises and mitigate their consequences,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

On Friday, Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would have deplored Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, while China, India and the UAE abstained from the vote.

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