UAE Ministry denies arrest of three Emiratis in Kenya

Kenyan officials conveyed their apologies to the UAE government, says official

Published: 00:28 April 29, 2010

Abu Dhabi: The foreign ministry denied the arrest of three UAE citizens in Kenya.

Sultan Al Qurtasi Al Nuaimi, Director of Consular Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, denied on Wednesday the allegations that three Emiratis were arrested in Kenya as reported by some media agencies.

"The media reports claiming that a member of the UAE royal family was involved in the incident is false,” he said, noting that the incident occurred due to the misconduct of airport officials.

"The Kenyan officials have already conveyed their apologies to the UAE government," he added.

“The recent visit of Moses Wetangula, Kenyan Foreign Minister, was to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit has absolutely nothing to do with the false media reports. The two countries maintain deep-rooted relations and Kenyan visitors are always welcome in the UAE,” he clarified.

In regard to the recent visa restrictions, Al Nuaimi said these procedures were adopted by the respective authorities to regulate visa issuance, adding that the two countries are working on this issue.

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