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ICRC president visits United Arab Emirates

25-02-2006 News Release 06/9

Geneva/Kuwait (ICRC) – Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has arrived in Abu Dhabi today for a visit during which he will hold talks with the highest authorities of the United Arab Emirates.

During the visit, the ICRC president will also address the inaugural session of the 34th General Assembly of the Organization of Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies in Abu Dhabi.

Mr Kellenberger's second visit since 2004 illustrates the ICRC's determination to develop and enhance dialogue and cooperation with the United Arab Emirates. The humanitarian situation in the Middle East, the relevance of international humanitarian law and the challenges facing the ICRC in 2006 will be major topics of the talks.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 25 90 or +41 79 251 93 18  

 Fuad Bawaba, ICRC Kuwait, tel. +965 532 20 61 or +965 787 94 34