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Otaiba Apparently Told UN Ambassador That The Global Body Won’t Be Important

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The leaked emails showed Otaiba, UAE’s ambassador to US saying to country’s UN ambassador that the global body would not be important for the next four years, referring to the election of President Donald Trump.

His exchange with Lana Nusseibeh, UAE’s ambassador to the UN expresses concerns that the president’s”America First” doctrine is eroding support for the United Nations and allowing Middle East allies to forfeit accountability at the global level, at least in the short term.

Nusseibeh sent an email on January 19, it had the analysis of the Senate confirmation of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to top Emirati government officials, which included Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan and Anwar Gargash, UAE state minister for foreign affairs. But she did not include Yousef al Otaiba, the UAE’s envoy to Washington, and promptly forwarded it to him with the message,”just realised forgot to copy the most important person!”

He replied,”No worries. The UN won’t be very important for the next four years,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Nusseibeh responded, also with a smiley face:”So I can relax while you work over-hard?”

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