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Dubai royal ‘grateful’ for Robinson visit

Dubai royal ‘grateful’ for Robinson visit

Image copyright United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry Image caption Sheikha Latifa photographed alongside Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in December The wife of the ruler of Dubai says she is grateful that a former president of Ireland visited her family. Princess Haya bint Hussein told Irish Broadcaster RTÉ, that she had…

Sheikha Latifa is photographed alongside Mary Robinson being served at a table Image copyright United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry
Image caption Sheikha Latifa photographed alongside Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in December

The wife of the ruler of Dubai says she is grateful that a former president of Ireland visited her family.

Princess Haya bint Hussein told Irish Broadcaster RTÉ, that she had invited Mary Robinson to visit her and Sheikha Latifa as a family friend.

Shiekha Latifa reportedly tried to flee the United Arab Emirates in 2018 after recording a YouTube video in which she criticised her father.

She was allegedly captured from a yacht near India.

The United Arab Emirates has denied the reports, and says the 33-year-old has been living at home with her family.

Sheikha Latifa’s father is the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Mrs Robinson was the first woman elected as Ireland’s president in 1990 and served for seven years.

Last month she visited the princess who tried to flee and was criticised by human rights groups for comments she made about the meeting.

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Mrs Robinson, who is also a former UN human rights chief, described Princess Latifa as a “troubled young woman”

Princess Latifa’s father is married to Princess Haya bint Hussein who told RTE she invited Mrs Robinson to come and see her.

She told RTE, Mary Robinson is someone who she considers “will tell you the right thing and not what you need to hear”.

She added that she wanted Mrs Robinson’s advice due to her “integrity and unblemished track record”.

Princess Haya bint Hussein added that it was an extremely private mater and that the family is trying to protect Latifa from being used.

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