Ports deal causes confusion for UAE-tied firms

NEW YORK: Despite reports to the contrary, Davis Weinstock said his firm Clark & Weinstock is not working with Dubai Ports World in its attempt to provide terminal operations for six US ports.

NEW YORK: Despite reports to the contrary, Davis Weinstock said his firm Clark & Weinstock is not working with Dubai Ports World in its attempt to provide terminal operations for six US ports.

"We do, on an ongoing basis, represent the embassy of the United Arab Emirates," Weinstock, managing partner, said. "We're helping them to get a free trade agreement on other issues. We're not in any way employed by Ports [World]."

Dubai Ports World is controlled by the emir of Dubai.

Dubai Ports World is working with AOR Bell Pottinger Corporate and Financial for media relations and Downey McGrath Group for lobbying issues.

The latest news from the disputed deal, to which members from both sides of Congress have objected, is that the company has asked the Bush administration to further investigate the safety implications of Ports World-operated ports. The company has said that it plans to create a US subsidiary to operate those ports, if the deal goes through.

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