New ministers of state at foreign ministry named in UAE reshuffle
ABU DHABI--The United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday a cabinet reshuffle, appointing Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan, the former UAE ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Khalifa al-Marar, former assistant minister of political affairs, ministers of state at the foreign ministry. The UAE government communications, however, did not specify which roles the two men would take up.
The move is part of a small cabinet reshuffle ordered by Dubai ruler and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter.
Zaki Nusseibah stepped down from his position of minister of state for public and cultural diplomacy at the foreign ministry to become a cultural advisor to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.
Anwar Gargash, who has occupied the second most senior foreign affairs position since 2008 and worked on a historic normalisation of relations with Israel last year, will become a diplomatic adviser to President Khalifa.
The veteran diplomat was also awarded the Order of the Union “for his dedicated work to support the country’s foreign policies and strengthen the UAE’s diplomatic relations at the regional and international levels.” Nusseibeh was also honoured with the Order of the Union “for his long cultural and diplomatic career serving the United Arab Emirates,” Emirati news agency WAM reported.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said on Twitter that Gargash had been “one of the most important pioneers of Emirati political work … who had been able to bring about major transformations in our foreign political work and international political and regional relations.”
On honouring the two men, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said in a tweet, “I was pleased and my brother Mohammed bin Rashid to honour Anwar Gargash and Zaki Nusseibeh with the Order of the Union, in appreciation for their efforts and role in serving the nation over many years in the diplomatic and cultural fields,” adding, “The UAE is grateful for its loyal children and proud of them in all fields.”