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U.A.E. lobbied against Canada's UN bid

A U.A.E. official says the country lobbied against Canada's bid for a United Nations Security Council seat in the latest blow to relations that have soured after disputes over airline routes.

A U.A.E. official says the country lobbied against Canada's bid for a United Nations Security Council seat in the latest blow to relations that have soured after disputes over airline routes.

The official says the United Arab Emirates opposed Canada's UN effort in part because of its trade policies. Canada failed earlier this week to win one of the non-permanent Security Council seats after coming behind Portugal in second ballot voting in New York.

The U.A.E. has pushed back hard against Ottawa for not opening up more routes for its airlines Emirates and Etihad. Canadian troops are being forced to leave Camp Mirage, a military base in Dubai used to supply Canadian forces in Afghanistan.

The U.A.E. official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because of standing government rules on behind-the-scenes briefings.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said the lack of support from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff for Canada's bid helped scuttle it, an assertion Ignatieff called "ridiculous."

The Liberals have also criticized the Conservative government's handling of negotiations with the U.A.E., but NDP defence critic Jack Harris said he supported the government on the issue.

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