Kuwait Amir congratulates UAE Pres. on one year anniversary

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a congratulatory cable on Saturday to UAE President Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nuhayyan on the first anniversary of his assumption of power.

His Highness applauded the UAE’s developmental achievements in all fields, also hailing the two countries’ strong historic relations. His Highness Sheikh Nawaf also wished Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed a long healthy life and more development and prosperity for the UAE under his leadership.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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HANGZHOU – His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed signing of cooperation agreements in guest house at the West Lake in Hangzhou, China.

HANGZHOU – His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s visit to China is “very important” as Kuwait sought to update its 2035 vision to be 2024-40, a senior government official announced.

NEW YORK – Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States and UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverley have urged Iraq to respect international agreements and the UN resolutions, especially UNSCR No. 833 regarding the demarcation of the Kuwaiti-Iraqi borders.

KUWAIT – The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) announced that firefighting teams had extinguished the fire erupted earlier in the Unit 35 in Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery.

BRUSSELS – The European Commission announced a EUR-127 million financial support for Tunisia.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

US, Spain leaders reaffirm commitment to advance strategic partnership

US President Joe Biden welcomed Thursday President Pedro Sanchez of Spain to the White House where they discussed and reaffirmed the close partnership between their two countries.

During their meeting, the leaders underscored our unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s brutal war, including through continued security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, as well as the imposition of measures to impose economic costs on Moscow, according to a White House statement.

The leaders noted the recent signing of the expanded Agreement on Defense Cooperation between the United States and Spain, which facilitates the presence of additional US warships in Spain and enhances NATO’s collective security.

The two leaders discussed ongoing efforts to advance prosperity, security, shared values, and the rules-based international order, including as Spain assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union this July.

The leaders committed to deepen economic cooperation in the Americas, including through the Inter-American Development Bank. President Biden also thanked Spain for its recent commitment to expand safe, humane, and regular migration pathways for individuals from Latin America.

The two Presidents also discussed avenues to broaden the scope of bilateral cooperation.

The United States and Spain intend to work rapidly toward achieving their shared goals to address the climate crisis.

They will intensify cooperation on early warning systems, ocean protection, and drought resilience, and continue their strong collaboration on energy security.

President Biden applauded Spain’s decision to join the Net Zero Government Initiative, which commits countries to net zero emissions in government operations by 2050.

The leaders underscored the importance of strengthened cooperation on sustainable and inclusive infrastructure development, and in this context, President Biden welcomed Spain joining the Blue Dot Network’s Executive Steering Committee.

The leaders pledged to deepen cooperation in science and technology, including through the Artemis Accords on responsible use of outer space and a new partnership between NASA and the Spanish space agency.

The two Presidents tasked their teams with pursuing negotiations on an agreement related to further cleanup efforts at the site of a 1966 air accident in Palomares, Spain.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

EU Indo-Pacific Forum commits to upholding rules-based int’l order

The European Union Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum concluded in Stockholm Saturday evening, expressing determination to uphold a rules-based international order, principles of the UN Charter and international law.

According to a co-chairs’ press release after the one-day meeting, the Forum provided new political momentum to enhancing partnerships between the EU and the Indo-Pacific, promoting regional peace and security, stability and shared prosperity, and shaping a collective vision for the future of the Indo-Pacific region Co-chaired by Josep Borrell, EU High Representative and Tobias Billstrom, Swedish Foreign Minister whose country holds the current EU Presidency, the Stockholm Forum, the second such Forum after Paris in 2022, brought together participants from the EU and its Member States, in addition to 26 Indo-Pacific countries and several regional organisations. “Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has made clear that, in a globalised world, there are no safe distances from disruptive shocks,” said the release.

Participants expressed their willingness to work together in promoting energy diversification and reinforcing energy security. The EU and its Member States expressed their commitment to work more closely with their Indo-Pacific partners to ensure sustainable, secure and affordable energy for all.

They also shared their determination to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight as fundamental principles that underpin regional security and stability.

The participants addressed and welcomed their growing engagement on a broad range of traditional and non-traditional security and defence-related issues, such as maritime security, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, crisis management, hybrid threats and transnational crime.

The EU emphasised its ambition to establish a meaningful European naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

It was acknowledged that the EU and Indo-Pacific countries have a stake in each other’s security, and that the consequences of ongoing conflicts and instability go beyond any one country or region.

Replying to a question at the concluding press conference, as to why China was not invited to the Forum, Borrell replied “we can discuss a lot of things without having China. It doesn’t mean we are against China and that we neglect China”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

MoI supervises a huge drug bust

No one is above the law, said Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

His remark came while supervising the seizure of 152kg of hashish, 8kg of marijuana, 2kg of shabu, 150,000 Captagon pills and one million Lyrica tablets, in addition to 5 unlicensed firearms and live ammunition on Saturday.

The minister affirmed that the rule of law applies to everybody, commending anti-narcotics’ personnel for their tireless efforts, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior’s general department of security relations and media.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

The G7 countries agree to maintain sanctions pressure on Russia

The Finance Ministers and heads of central banks of the Group of Seven (G7) countries affirmed their intention to “impose and implement sanctions and other economic measures” against Russia and to resist its attempts to circumvent the sanctions.

A joint statement issued after a 3-day meeting in the Japanese city of Niigata said: “We affirm our unwavering firmness to impose and implement sanctions and other economic measures to further undermine Russia’s capabilities, and we remain steadfast in confronting any attempts to circumvent our sanctions.”

The participants in the meeting also affirmed their intention to “continue to strengthen cooperation to monitor cross-border transactions between Russia and other countries.”

The statement added, “We also intend to take new measures targeting Russia’s financial sphere, and if necessary – closely monitor the effectiveness of the cap on Russian oil and petroleum products prices to ensure that the measures achieve their goal and take any necessary and appropriate implementation measures.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Abdullahian and Faisal bin Farhan reviewed, in a phone call, the latest developments in the joint consensus between the two countries

The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia reviewed, in a phone call, the latest developments in the joint consensus between the two countries in Beijing.

According to the IRNA News Agency, Amir Abdullahian, during the phone call that took place with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan, expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in the consensuses reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries and the announcement of an agreement Resuming relations, and dispatching technical teams to reopen embassies and general consulates.

The Iranian Minister said, according to IRNA, that Iran has made the necessary preparations to officially open its political and consular representations in Saudi Arabia.

For his part, the Saudi Foreign Minister affirmed, during the phone call, Riyadh’s positive view of the future of relations between the two countries and the efforts exerted to develop and strengthen them.

He said, “We have taken good steps in the past two months, and our adherence to the agreements reached is an indication of our serious determination.”

Faisal bin Farhan expressed his hope that the Ambassadors of the two countries, after starting their work, would be able to facilitate ways of bilateral cooperation.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Sudani wanders in a park in the city of Mosul

The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, toured a park in the city of Mosul yesterday evening, and met with the people and citizens, and was briefed on their living conditions and their most important requests and needs.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Two women killed in a run-over accident north of Baquba

Two women were killed in a run-over accident north of Baquba, Diyala Governorate Center.

A source in the police told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that two women, while crossing the Khalis-Baquba road near the Kasiba area on the outskirts of Khalis, north of Baquba, were subjected to a run-over accident, which caused their death on the spot.

He added that the bodies of the two victims were taken to the forensic medicine department, while the security services opened an investigation into the incident.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

530 Civilians Have Been Killed And 2,948 Wounded Since The Start Of The Clashes In Sudan

The Sudan Doctors Syndicate announced that the death toll of civilians has risen since the start of the clashes between the army forces and the Rapid Support Forces, in the middle of last month, to 530 dead and 2948 injured.

The Syndicate said, in a statement: “Clashes are still taking place between the armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces for the twenty-eighth day in a row, which resulted in more victims being counted until the moment the report was issued in the capital and the regions.”

The statement indicated that the number of deaths among civilians rose “since the beginning of the clashes to 530 deaths, and 2948 cases of injury.”

The delegations of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, in the negotiations between them, hosted by the Saudi city of Jeddah, last Thursday, reached a preliminary agreement to protect civilians in Sudan from armed clashes.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Sudani conducts a night tour in the streets of Mosul

The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, conducted a night tour in the streets of the city of Mosul, and met with a number of citizens and was briefed on their living conditions and their most important requests and needs.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency