Qatar and Somalia… Fraternal Bonds, Continuous Support

The Qatari-Somali diplomatic relations are witnessing continuous development based on the two countries political leadership’s desire reflected through the ongoing talks between officials and the joint and continuous keenness to support these relations to advance them towards deeper horizons in a way that serves common interests, goals, and aspirations.

Within the framework of the ongoing talks and enhancing bilateral relations and joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries, HE President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud arrived in Doha Tuesday on a visit to the country.

HE Somali President’s visit to Doha falls under the successive senior officials’ visits made to Qatar to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, ways to support and develop them, and the latest developments in the regional and international arenas of common concern.

In this regard, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met with HE President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud on March 5, on the sidelines of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).

On every occasion, the two sides affirmed their determination to enhance cooperation in various fields that serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples and countries.

On Nov. 23, HE President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud received the credentials of HE Dr. Abdullah bin Salem Al Nuaimi as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Somalia.

On Oct. 5, the State of Qatar renewed, before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its 51st session, its support for the brotherly Somali people to build a state of institutions and the rule of law, which guarantees Somalis all their rights and respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Somalia, during the interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia, under the 10th item on the council’s agenda.

On June 28, HE the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hamza Abdi Barre affirmed that Qatar is an important partner for Somalia, thanking it for its support in the reconstruction of the Government Presidency Building Project funded by the Qatar Fund for Development, during his inspection of the final stages of the project.

The State of Qatar also participated on Jun. 9 in the inauguration ceremony of HE President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud. The State of Qatar was represented in the ceremony by HE Minister of State Sheikh Fahd bin Faisal Al-Thani, reaffirming the depth and strength of bilateral relations between the two countries, Qatar’s support to Somalia in all fields, and keenness on its stability, progress, and prosperity.

In April 2022, Qatar University (QU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mogadishu University to establish joint cooperation covering different, scientific, administrative, technical, and research areas. most importantly, to promote the Arabic language programs in Somalia, which the University of Mogadishu prioritizes in all its programs. The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies also signed an MoU with Mogadishu University in Somalia to strengthen cooperation between the two sides in scientific research and areas of common interest.

Following up on the Somali issue, the State of Qatar participated, in early March, in the meeting in Somalia held in the US capital, Washington, to discuss Somalia’s security, state-building, development, humanitarian priorities, how to better support its efforts and strengthen its ability to withstand future climate shocks. At the end of the meeting, the participants welcomed the invitation of the State of Qatar to hold the next meeting in Doha.

At the beginning of 2023, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) organized an eye surgery and anti-blindness medical convoy, carried out at De Martino Public Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, in cooperation with Somalia’s Federal Ministry of Health, the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS), and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Somalia to provide medical assistance for poor and displaced people with eye diseases in the Banaadir region, with a special focus on people with special needs and those living at camps in Mogadishu and surrounding areas.

On Jan. 26, Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to drought-affected people in Somalia. The aid contained 2,000 tons of food supplies for the benefit of more than 200,000 people affected by the drought in the country in five states. This urgent aid comes to address the drought and contribute to improving livelihoods, easing the Somali people’s economic burdens. It is worth noting that QFFD, along with Qatar Charity, sent 45 tons of food aid to Somalia to combat drought in March 2022 in cooperation with the Amiri Air Force.

Qatar Charity launched an urgent response appeal in mid-June to confront the wave of drought, which prompted many people to flee their areas of origin to displacement camps, provide urgent relief aid and offer the essential requirements for those affected, to save the lives of more than half of its endangered population.

Somalia views with great appreciation the continuous fraternal support it receives from the State of Qatar, and Doha’s firm commitment to the prosperity, security, and stability of Somalia. The Republic of Somalia also seeks to attract Qatari investors to establish projects that can support the development of the country.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Russian Foreign Ministry: US, NATO Attempt to Make Central Asia Bridge to Threaten Us

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin confirmed Tuesday that the United States and NATO are attempting to transform the Central Asian region into a bridge to threaten Russia’s southern border.

Addressing the Third Central Asian Conference, Galuzin said that the United States and NATO are trying to engage the Central Asian States in so-called partnership programs and training courses, they do not stop demanding the resumption of joint exercises in the region and the deployment of their military infrastructure.

It is clear that all these efforts are aimed at containing Russia, separating the region from our country and gradually turning it into a bridge head to threaten our southern border, he added.

In turn, Director of the Third CIS Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Sternik declared that the United States does not hide its dissatisfaction with Central Asian countries’ deep ties with Russia.

Speaking to Sputnik News, Sternik said that the current events have shown the EU’s lack of independence in choosing its regional strategy, noting that its goals and techniques are to ‘clone’ American facilities.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Palestinian Foreign Ministry: Israeli Prime Minister’s Statements Are Admission of Committing Crimes Against Palestinian People

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned in the strongest terms the provocative remarks made by the Prim Minister of the Israeli entity’s Government Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the so-called flag march, which will take place according to its traditional path and break into the revival of Occupied East Jerusalem, expressing its strong condemnation of his inflammatory and cheap words and calls to assassinate the Palestinians in bloody terms.

In a statement, it considered that the statements and expressions of the Israeli Prime Minister are similar to the approach of the gangs that deal with the Palestinian land as a field for training and shooting, and with the Palestinian citizens as permissible and easy targets for killing, in public and frank admissions before the international community of the involvement of Netanyahu and the political echelon of the occupying state in all the crimes committed against the Palestinian people, by giving instructions and facilitating the killing of Palestinians, and providing political and legal protection for the perpetrators of the crimes.

The Ministry stated that the Israeli occupation government was deliberately escalating the situation in the conflict arena in a systematic manner closing a page of crimes to open another page in an open war against the Palestinian people and their just and legitimate national rights, in an ongoing process of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian presence especially in occupied East Jerusalem.

The ministry also expressed its strong condemnation of the silence of the international community and countries that claim to be keen on the principle of the two-state solution and human rights towards the boasting of more than one official Israeli official about the policy of assassinations, extrajudicial killings, and the provocative flag march. It believed that the Israeli government is taking advantage of this silence to persist in attacking the rights of our people and committing more crimes, miserable international double standards and a flagrant violation of international law and international humanitarian law.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Non-Compliance With The Armistice Raises The Victims Of The Battles In Sudan

The battles between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces continued in several cities in Sudan in the conflict, which entered its second month, amid lack of commitment to any declared truce and international mediation.

The media reported that: Aerial bombardment and clashes with heavy weapons broke out today, Tuesday, between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in Kadro area, north of Khartoum North.

It quoted witnesses as they said that they heard the sounds of air strikes, clashes and explosions in the south of Khartoum, and there was heavy shelling during the night in parts of the neighboring cities of Bahri and Omdurman.

It added: The Rapid Support Forces clashed yesterday, Monday, with military forces from the Sudanese army inside the city of Al-Rahad in the Sudanese state of North Kordofan.

The sources indicated that several government buildings were burned, including the intelligence service building, and that the Rapid Support Forces withdrew outside the city.

The city of El Geneina, western Darfur, also witnessed clashes between the Rapid Support Forces and armed groups, as a result of which about 200 people were killed within two days.

In a related context, the governor of the Darfur region, Minni Minawi, said that the main and civil components in four states in the Darfur region decided not to engage in any war.

With the escalation of the fighting, the Sudan Doctors Syndicate announced today, Tuesday, that the number of civilian deaths has risen to 822, since the clashes began in mid-April.

The non-governmental medical syndicate said in a statement: The continuation of the clashes led to more casualties in the capital, Khartoum, and a number of states.

The statement added: The number of civilian deaths since the beginning of the clashes rose to 822 deaths and 3,215 injuries.

It pointed out: that the new deaths and injuries that were counted included the capital, Khartoum, the city of El-Obeid (south), and the city of El-Geneina in the state of West Darfur (west).

The latest toll announced by the Medical Syndicate, on Saturday, recorded 530 dead and 2,940 injured civilians. / End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Ministry Of Interior And The Judiciary Discuss Cooperation In Resolving Cases And Strengthening The Security Situation In Salah Al-Din

The Minister of Interior, Abd al-Amir al-Shammari, discussed with the head of the Salah al-Din Court of Appeal, Judge Abd Meshhan Hamdan, cooperation in resolving cases and strengthening the security situation in the province.

A statement to the media of the Judicial Council stated that the head of the Salah al-Din Court of Appeal, Judge Abd Meshhan Hamdan, received the Minister of Interior in the presence of a number of judges and members of the public prosecution.

It added, “The two parties discussed measures for cooperation between the judiciary and the Ministry of Interior’s agencies with regard to speeding up the settlement of lawsuits and strengthening the security situation throughout the province.”

The statement added that “the meeting also witnessed a discussion of means of cooperation regarding the implementation of arrest warrants, obstacles to the work of investigation offices, and the speed of implementation of the decisions of investigative judges.”/ End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

JICA Reveals The Total Of Its Loans Provided For The Reconstruction Of Iraq

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) revealed its total loans provided for the reconstruction of Iraq.

The JICA’s Executive Vice President / Junji Yamada / said in a press statement that the total loans of the Agency for the reconstruction of infrastructure for Iraq amounted to about 10 billion US dollars since the Japanese government announced its support for Iraq.

He added: Iraq ranks seventh in the world in JICA’s loan file, while no country has received this large number of loans in such a short period of 15 years.

Yamada explained: The Japanese government and JICA have supported Iraq so far with about 11.5 billion dollars, including grants, which is more than double the amount that was pledged at that time, in addition to more than 10,000 Iraqis receiving training, mainly in Japan, in order to help in develop capabilities and implement technical cooperation projects in all fields, including agriculture, worker safety, urban planning, port planning and health, in a way that enhances stability and growth, as Iraq occupies an important position in the Middle East.

He pointed out: JICA is currently playing an important role in economic and social development in Iraq, beyond the concept of post-war reconstruction, as many important projects have been completed during the past few years after achieving security and political stability in Iraq.

Yamada continued: Iraq needs more renewable energy projects, promoting solar energy generation and energy stability by combining solar energy with current energy generation in addition to large-scale development through private investment, expecting: the implementation of two projects will be signed soon with the government on Samawah water and the fifth phase of the development of the Basra refinery.

He stressed: Our companies are interested in the durability of technology, hard work and a spirit of responsibility, as the Iraqis consider it a virtue in their society, and JICA plays an important role in conveying these facts to Japan and enhancing understanding of Iraq, which leads to the development of cooperation between the public and private sectors./ End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Three Elements Involved In Terrorist Operations Arrested In Baghdad And Kirkuk

The Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency at the Ministry of Interior was able, based on judicial orders, to arrest three elements involved in terrorist operations in Baghdad and Kirkuk.

The agency stated in a statement: A suspect was arrested in Baghdad Governorate who fled from Nineveh Governorate, and another was arrested in the northeast of Baghdad. They committed terrorist crimes, most notably the attack on the security forces and the planting of an explosive device to target them during the previous years.

It added: Another member was also arrested in Kirkuk Governorate, working to provide ISIS terrorist gangs with information about the movements of the security forces.

The agency indicated that: legal measures have been taken against those arrested./ End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Basra government discusses with UNICEF the initiative to nominate Basra as a “child-friendly city”

Today, Tuesday, the local government in Basra discussed with the UNICEF the nomination of Basra as a “child-friendly city”, and the organization’s initiative project to generalize this initiative and launch it to include the rest of the governorates of Iraq.

A statement by the office of the First Deputy Governor of Basra, Eng. Muhammad Taher Al-Tamimi, stated that he met a delegation from the United Nations headed by the new director of UNICEF in the southern region, Najib Allah Hama, to document, strengthen and maintain work ties and follow up on the projects it is implementing in Basra.

Al-Tamimi said, “The local government of Basra is supportive of UNICEF projects in Basra, especially projects related to child development, support and protection,” indicating that it “has adopted the launch of the first project in the world in the field of supporting the education sector, which is the governmental international schools project, and the number of these schools in Basra has so far reached (40) schools, and we are working to increase their number next year to (50) government schools with international standards spread in the center, districts and sub-districts of Basra.

Al-Tamimi stressed that “this scientific project will serve poor and middle-income families by 85%, and it is a nucleus and great wealth for the creation of the future generation.”

For his part, the director of UNICEF in the southern region praised the work of the local government, especially what it is doing to support children, noting that “the international schools project adopted by the Basra government is one of the important projects to support children in the province.”

He explained that “UNICEF nominated Basra for the initiative of the “Child Friendly City” project, stressing that “this project will be launched to include the rest of Iraq’s governorates.” End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Japan, China DMs launch defense hotline

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and his Chinese counterpart Li Shangfu on Tuesday held their first conversation on a direct telephone line, launching a hotline between the two countries’ defense authorities, Japan’s Defense Ministry said.

During their 20-minute conversation, Hamada and Li welcomed the start of the operational use of the hotline, which was established on March 31, the ministry said in press release.

The two ministers confirmed that the “Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism between the Japan-China Defense Authorities,” which includes the hotline, plays an important role in fostering trust between Japanese and Chinese defense authorities as well as avoiding contingencies, it said.

While noting that the hotline will be operated “appropriately and reliably,” they also agreed to continue communication between their defense authorities.

Pointing out the existence of security concerns between Japan and China, such as the situation in the East China Sea, and Hamada said, “It is necessary to have candid communication especially when there are concerns about Japan-China relations.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait Amir expresses admiration for Kuwaiti women rights, contributions

Marking Kuwaiti Women’s Day anniversary, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed on Tuesday his pride and admiration to the outstanding contributions and achievements of Kuwaiti women and their thrive to prosper the dear homeland.

His Highness the Amir underlined the vital role that Kuwaiti women play in various fields and their answer to many of the required stages of development and renaissance that we all seek.

His Highness the Amir remembered as well the honorable national stances of Kuwaiti women in the various events in Kuwait history that the dear country went through, and their fulfillment of their duties without hesitation or tirelessness, in a way that was the subject of appreciation and admiration.

His Highness the Amir praised the many gains achieved by Kuwaiti women, especially in the recognition of their full political rights, which have always proved that they are worthy of their entitlement.

His Highness the Amir also expressed his congratulations to all his sisters and daughters, the honorable women of Kuwait, on this anniversary, wishing them all success in serving their dear to heart country.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Libyan FM: Kuwait always supports Libya’s stability

Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush said Kuwait has been supporting stability and security in Libya, out of the deep-rooted ties between the two countries and their peoples.

Mangough made the statement to KUNA Tuesday while concluding her visit to Kuwait, expressing delight at her official visit to Kuwait as part of the Gulf tour.

She met Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, saying that exchanging visits between officials of the two countries deepen the distinguished ties.

The Libyan top diplomat said several dossiers of common concern have been discussed during her visit to Kuwait.

She voiced her pride for Kuwait’s political and humanitarian stances on Arab, regional and international dossiers.

Mangoush stressed the success of her tour to the Gulf, indicating that there is a Gulf support to Libya’s stability and Libyans.

On the expected parliamentary and presidential polls in Libya, Mangoush underlined the necessity of proceeding with the electoral path.

She said that the region is facing another challenges, in reference to Sudan’s situation, expressing her hope that that Arab country would enjoy stability, security and safety.

Earlier in the day, Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah met with his Libyan counterpart at the Foreign Ministry’s H.Q.

During the meeting, Sheikh Salem renewed Kuwait’s absolute backing to Libya and all steps it takes to maintain its unity, sovereignty, stability and security, and achieve peace, prosperity and development to its people.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

EU calls on India to support Ukraine’s peace initiative

European Union High Representative Josep Borrell in a meeting with Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Brussels Tuesday called on India to support Ukraine’s peace initiative, and to urge Russia to agree on the crucial extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

In the meeting held in the margins of the 1st EU-India Trade and Technology Council, the EU’s top diplomat commended the work of India as current G20 President, and efforts in this capacity to also address the diverse interests of countries outside the G20 platform, in a spirit of global inter-connectedness, according to a statement released by Borrell’s office.

Borrell reiterated to Jaishankar the EU’s unwavering resolve to support Ukraine, including its efforts to secure a comprehensive, just and lasting peace based on the UN Charter.

The two sides exchanged views on the expanding security and defence pillar of the bilateral cooperation between the EU and India.

They agreed to further step-up cooperation on security matters, with special relevance to cybersecurity.

Finally, EU High Representative expressed his expectation for the next EU-India Summit to take place in the course of 2023.

Source: Kuwait News Agency