sheikh mohammed bin zayed al nahyan

washingtonpost.com
Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates.
By https://www.facebook.com/kevin.sieff

Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, and Karen DeYoung at Washington Post

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations.

“We are not aware of any meetings, and Erik Prince had no role in the transition,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

A Prince spokesman said in a statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump. Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”

Prince is best known as the founder of Blackwater, a security firm that became a symbol of U.S. abuses in Iraq after a series of incidents, including one in 2007 in which the company’s guards were accused — and later criminally convicted — of killing civilians in a crowded Iraqi square. Prince sold the firm, which was subsequently re-branded, but has continued building a private paramilitary empire with contracts across the Middle East and Asia. He now heads a Hong Kong-based company known as the Frontier Services Group.

Prince would probably have been seen as too controversial to serve in any official capacity in the Trump transition or administration. But his ties to Trump advisers, experience with clandestine work and relationship with the royal leaders of the Emirates — where he moved in 2010 amid mounting legal problems for his American business — would have positioned him as an ideal go-between.

The Seychelles meeting came after separate private discussions in New York involving high-ranking representatives of Trump with both Moscow and the Emirates.

The White House has acknowledged that Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s original national security adviser, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late November or early December in New York.

Flynn and Kushner were joined by Bannon for a separate meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who made an undisclosed visit to New York later in December, according to the U.S., European and Arab officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

In an unusual breach of protocol, the UAE did not notify the Obama administration in advance of the visit, though officials found out because Zayed’s name appeared on a flight manifest.

Officials said Zayed and his brother, the UAE’s national security adviser, coordinated the Seychelles meeting with Russian government officials with the goal of establishing an unofficial back channel between Trump and Putin.

Officials said Zayed wanted to be helpful to both leaders, who had talked about working more closely together, a policy objective long advocated by the crown prince. The UAE, which sees Iran as one of its main enemies, also shared the Trump team’s interest in finding ways to drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran.

Zayed met twice with Putin in 2016, according to Western officials, and urged the Russian leader to work more closely with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia — an effort to isolate Iran.

At the time of the Seychelles meeting and for weeks afterward, the UAE believed that Prince had the blessing of the new administration to act as its unofficial representative. The Russian participant was a person whom Zayed knew was close to Putin from his interactions with both men, the officials said.

washingtonpost.com
Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates.
By https://www.facebook.com/kevin.sieff

In Dec. 2016, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon meet with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan #MBZ.

The crown prince would go onto setting up a clandestine meeting on Jan. 11, 2017 between Betsy #DeVos brother, #ErikPrince and Putin’s Russian adviser. The meeting was hidden from the US government because Donald J Trump was NOT yet the president!

So much collusion #RussiaGate #TrumpRussia #UAE #ItsMuellerTime

UAE and 9/11:

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Trump Super PAC: Mercer Family and Bannon

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

Hiding the meeting from Obama and US government

In an unusual breach of protocol, the UAE did not notify the Obama administration in advance of the visit, though officials found out because Zayed’s name appeared on a flight manifest.

Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon

Flynn and Kushner were joined by Bannon for a separate meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who made an undisclosed visit to New York later in December, according to the U.S., European and Arab officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

Erik Prince and DeVos Family

Prince and his family were major GOP donors in 2016. The Center for Responsive Politics reported that the family gave more than $10 million to GOP candidates and super PACs, including about $2.7 million from his sister, DeVos, and her husband.

Erik Prince has had lucrative contracts with the UAE government, which at one point paid his firm a reported $529 million to help bring in foreign fighters to help assemble an internal paramilitary force capable of carrying out secret operations and protecting Emirati installations from terrorist attacks.

Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests, Washington Post

instagram

سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ولي عهد دبي يرافقه سمو الشيخ طحنون بن زايد آل نهيان مستشار الأمن الوطني يشهد منافسات دورة ند الشبا الرياضية ٢٠١٧.
..
Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by H.H Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, attends the Nad AlSheba Sport Tournament (NAS) 2017 2017/06/13 (at NAS Sports Complex)

Made with Instagram
9

2/11/2017
HQ PHOTOS

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai And his daughter Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed Celebrates UAE National flag Day with children at Union House in Dubai.


It’s a day to honour the country’s past, present and future.So it was touchingly fitting that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum brought along his youngest daughter, a representation of tomorrow’s generation, to Flag Day celebrations in Dubai.

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai accompanied 9-year-old Al Jalila to a flag-raising ceremony at Union House on Thursday.

The father and daughter were joined by schoolchildren from the city, who provided a rousing display of flag-waving.

UAE Flag Day was an occasion started by HH Sheikh Mohammed in 2013, and is typically celebrated on November 3, the anniversary of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan becoming the president of the UAE in 2004.

However this year it was brought forward a day, with all government departments asked to raise the UAE flag at 11am.

Sheikh Mohammed paid tribute to the day on social media, remarking that “the UAE flag is a symbol of our unity and our strength, and the pride of our fathers and sons”.

emirateswoman

2

All challenged, all supporting Dubai Fitness Challenge 30x30 😄👏🏻👌🏻💪🏻✌🏻 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan shared this morning a message on Twitter that he feels delighted by the great response and encouragement to the challenge thanking Sheikh Hamdan MRM for the encouragement of sports & better health, later in the evening a picture was shared where he cycles 🚴🏻 with his 👦🏻💕😊

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

4

أمام صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان .. الوزراء يؤدون اليمين الدستورية في التشكيل الجديد للحكومة وذلك في قصر المشرف بالعاصمة أبوظبي.‬
..
H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, witness the swear in ceremony of the new UAE government ministers at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi 2017/10/31

UAE to establish space agency and send the first Arab spaceship to Mars by 2021

 ABU DHABI, 16th July, 2014 (WAM) – The U.A.E. has entered the space race with a project to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 in the Arab world’s first mission to another planet. A new U.A.E. Space Agency will be created to coordinate the U.A.E.’s growing space technology sector and to supervise the mission.

Keep reading