Warm weather forecast in highlands, relatively hot in other regions until Wednesday

Amman: Sunday will experience warm weather in the highlands and relatively hot to hot conditions in other regions, with clouds at various altitudes and northwesterly moderate winds, picking up at times, the Jordan Meteorological Department said.

Over the next three days, warm weather will persist over the highlands, while it will be relatively hot to hot in other parts of the Kingdom, with clouds at medium and high altitudes and moderate northwesterly winds occasionally becoming active.

Today’s maximum and minimum temperatures in eastern Amman range between 21-32 degrees Celsius, in western Amman 19-30C, in the northern highlands 18-27C, in the Sharah highlands 16-28C, and in the Gulf of Aqaba 24-41 degrees Celsius.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UAE aid shipment arrives in Gaza by sea in cooperation with USAID

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced Sunday the arrival of an aid and food shipment to the Gaza Strip containing also 252 tons of humanitarian relief supplies at United Nations warehouses in Deir Al-Balah.

The shipment is also in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

UAE news agency (WAM) reported that this aid shipment is a testament to the power of international cooperation.

The United States, the Republic of Cyprus, the UN, and international donors, including the UK and the EU, played a crucial role in this endeavor.

The aid was transported through the waterway starting from the port of Larnaca in Cyprus, demonstrating the collective commitment to helping the people of Gaza.

WAM quoted Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al-Hashemi as saying that food aid is being delivered and distributed in cooperation with international partners and humanitarian organizations.

Al-Hashemi reiterated that the UAE has consistently provided urgent humanitaria
n aid and supplies to the Gaza Strip, and the aid shipment is just the latest example.

Over the years, Al-Hashemi added that the UAE has delivered more than 32,000 tons of urgent humanitarian supplies, including food, relief, and medical supplies, through 260 airplanes and airdrops missions demonstrating its steadfast dedication to the cause.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Officials of Agencies Supporting OCHA Stress Need for Rapid Humanitarian Action to Address Effects of Wars, Climate Change

Doha: A number of officials from Qatar’s agencies supporting the projects of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stressed the necessity of urgent humanitarian action to avoid the dire consequences of wars, conflicts, natural disasters, climate change, and the resulting waves of displacement, asylum, and deportation, during the High-level Strategic Dialogue between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), held in Doha on Sunday.

In this regard, Deputy Director General for Development Projects at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) Sultan Ahmed Al Aseeri noted that this dialogue is a crucial and essential moment, given the urgent need for humanitarian action, especially since the situation of humanitarian affairs is suffering greatly due to the humanitarian crises resulting from conflicts, natural disasters, climate change, and the resulting waves of displacement and asylum, which undermines the stability o
f various countries in the Middle East and neighboring countries, increasing economic and social pressures, and putting pressure on the education system, health care, and job opportunities. He stressed that all these fundamental changes and great challenges need coordinated efforts to continue saving people and alleviating human suffering.

He added that this meeting is of great importance, as it is an essential step in a long path between the State of Qatar and the OCHA that began in 2011, and since then, Qatar has remained committed to these humanitarian efforts through the QFFD. He noted that this partnership with the OCHA office went beyond just raising money, but also developed a framework for humanitarian response and organized emergency response within the 72-hour window.

He indicated that through this time window, which was determined through intensive coordination with partners, the QFFD developed a number of resources concerned with housing, shelters, health facilities, and mobile schools for emerg
ency and rapid response. He voiced his hope that crises would be responded not only to, but also to be prevented and that this dialogue will establish sustainable peace and security and make a significant difference in the lives of millions.

In the same context, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Charity Yousef bin Ahmed Al Kuwari expressed his happiness at participating in this dialogue, which discussed ways of cooperation in joint humanitarian work and addressed the unprecedented humanitarian challenges that have cast a shadow on the lives of millions of people. He pointed out that the past period was exceptional in its grave challenges in all parts of the world and in the Arab region in particular, where it faced unfortunate humanitarian conditions due to conflicts and natural disasters, where communities lost shelter and livelihoods overnight and were deprived of their right to food, water, and access to healthcare and education.

He added that 2023 witnessed the largest number of victims of humanitarian c
rises and that under these circumstances humanitarian work faced great challenges as the rates of targeting humanitarian workers in conflict areas increased, and that humanitarian organizations also suffered from restricted access to communities in need and the placement of obstacles and restrictions to their delivery of humanitarian aid. This was clearly demonstrated in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which is still ongoing, and the painful scene of the inability of aid convoys to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing to provide life-saving humanitarian aid to more than two million people, half of whom are children.

Yousef bin Ahmed Al Kuwari highlighted that Qatar Charity has had an extended strategic partnership for more than a decade with the OCHA that includes financing, project implementation, exchange of information and expertise, and coordination of humanitarian interventions. This partnership has proven the importance of joint work and cooperation to achieve common humanitarian goals.
In December 2023, this partnership with OCHA also resulted in the signing of a letter of intent for cooperation between the two parties to support the implementation of specific projects in areas of humanitarian crises most in need.

He added that a USD 10 million agreement was signed on Sunday to contribute to the strategic financing program in 2024 to support OCHA’s work and to contribute to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is the result of this joint cooperation.

CEO of the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, Fahad bin Hamad Al Sulaiti, emphasized the necessity of an innovative vision and strategic action to bridge the gap between humanitarian needs and available resources. He highlighted the crucial role of innovation, technology, and data in understanding and efficiently responding to problems. He stressed the importance of innovation in securing funding and accurate data to implement projects aimed at protecting all aspects of education-schools, teachers, and students. He mentioned t
hat EAA collaborates with the central data center and UNESCO to track and provide vital field data to understand and expedite responses to attacks on education and handle emergencies, aiding decision-makers in making informed choices. Regarding funding, Al Sulaiti stressed that this is a critical issue and they are working on it through new initiatives at the university level in partnership with the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the private sector, and other UN agencies to sustain education and humanitarian aid and address these challenges. Al Sulaiti also reviewed EAA’s efforts in Brazil, Afghanistan, and Palestine, mentioning that the foundation has built over 100 educational institutions over the years, many of which have unfortunately been destroyed. He highlighted significant projects supporting the Palestinian people, encompassing various educational stages and providing food and material aid. Secretary-General of the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), Faisal bin Mohammed Al Emadi, noted tha
t the collaboration between the QRCS and OCHA has achieved significant progress in many humanitarian fields, particularly in accelerating crisis response and enhancing local capacities in conflict and disaster-affected areas. He underscored the vital role of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Qatar’s joint crisis funds, which provide essential rapid funding for urgent needs, thereby enabling effective, principled humanitarian action and enhancing collaborative efforts among various humanitarian partners. Al Emadi added that these funds have played a crucial role in speeding up local humanitarian responses, allowing organizations to access necessary resources to execute projects effectively, save lives, and alleviate the suffering of those affected by crises, which strengthens QRCS’ position as active partners in the global humanitarian system. He emphasized that government support has been pivotal in the success and stabilization of these initiatives. HE Regional Manager at Qatar Airways Sheikh Ja
ssim bin Fahad Al-Thani affirmed that this strategic dialogue is a decisive moment to reaffirm the shared commitment to addressing global humanitarian challenges and making a difference in the lives of those affected by disasters and conflicts. He highlighted that the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Qatar Airways and OCHA marks a new chapter in their partnership, enhancing joint efforts to deliver humanitarian aid and reflecting a deep sense of compassion and solidarity as a global community. He reiterated Qatar Airways’ commitment to ongoing support and collaboration with the UN to overcome complex challenges and build a more resilient future. The High-level Strategic Dialogue between Qatar and OCHA featured several sessions discussing “strategic cooperation and partnership between Qatar and OCHA,” “innovative methods for financing humanitarian aid,” “country-specific areas: Afghanistan, Sudan, and Gaza Strip,” and “thematic areas: education, information in emergencies, participation in the
Doha Forum and INSARAG,” as well as an “overview of Qatar’s legal system and the framework governing agreements with OCHA.”

Source: Qatar News Agency

Health Authorities: 70 Palestinians martyred, 110 injured in Israeli occupation aggression

70 Palestinians were killed and 110 were injured in the last 24 hours as a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, Palestinian health authorities confirmed.

In a statement, Palestinian health authorities declared the death and injury toll as of Sunday, 35,456 dead, and 79,476 injured.

In another statement, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) said that a group of Israeli Settler extremists targeted two aid-filled trucks at Tarqumiyah crossing to block aid from entering Gaza, the settlers destroyed half of the packages and disposed of the other half.

The crossing is under Israeli occupation forces’ protection, however, settlers have attacked aid trucks many times before preventing them from entering Gaza.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Ministry of Labour Finalizes Preparations to Launch Doha Dialogue on Labour Mobility Between Gulf, African Countries

Doha: The Ministry of Labour has finalized its preparations to launch the Doha Dialogue on labour mobility between Gulf and African countries on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 – 22nd, with the participation of 33 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jordan, Lebanon, and 25 African countries.

The Doha Dialogue will gather Their Excellencies Ministers of Labour, representatives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), experts, academics, and representatives of civil society.

Members of the technical preparatory committee for the dialogue arrived in Doha earlier. The Executive Office of the GCC Councils of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs will play a crucial role in coordinating labour policies and standards alongside their counterparts from the African Union.

The Doha Dialogue is a result of an agreement between the State of Qatar and the African Union to establish a consultative mechanism between African and Gulf countrie
s. This mechanism aims to adopt best practices to strengthen regional cooperation and partnerships for improved recruitment of workers from African countries and to ensure fair mobility between regions.

The Doha Dialogue is expected to be a permanent, non-binding, state-led forum with the participation of relevant organizations as observers.

The Dialogue will provide a conducive environment for a frank and open exchange of ideas to foster trust, cooperation, and partnership to reach best practice standards for labour mobility from African countries.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Iran blames weather conditions for failure to reach President Raisi’s copter

Unstable weather conditions are encumbering efforts to reach the location where a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made a “hard landing,” Interior Minister Ahmad Vahid said on Sunday.

A helicopter carrying the Iranian president and Tehran’s foreign minister made a “hard landing” as it passed through a mountainous area on its way back from Azerbaijan, where Raisi had been on a state visit, the interior minister told state television.

State television began to broadcast prayers in the aftermath of the incident, calling on Iranians to “pray” for the safety of the president and his entourage. Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian president participated in the inauguration ceremony of a joint dam between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, in the presence of his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev. On his way back, the helicopter transporting Raisi had experienced a “hard landing,” according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Official Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Stresses Qatar’s Readiness to Provide All Forms of Support in Search for Iranian President’s Helicopter

Doha: Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Majid bin Mohammed Al Ansari expressed the State of Qatar’s grave concern after a helicopter carrying HE President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Ebrahim Raisi, HE Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and a number of other officials, suffered a hard landing accident in “Dizmar forests” in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest of the country.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency , Dr. Majid Al Ansari expressed the State of Qatar’s wishes for the safety of HE the President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and those accompanying them.

Dr. Al Ansari announced the State of Qatar’s full readiness to provide all forms of support in the search process.

Source: Qatar News Agency

KRCS graduates 1,000 students of Syrian orphans Quran memorizers

Kuwait Red Crescent Society announced on Sunday that it had graduated 1000 students of Syrian orphans Quran memorizers with the cooperation with Al-Sham Association for Orphan Care in Gaziantep, Turkiye.

In that context, KRCS Chairman Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer told KUNA that the graduates are male and female students in the kindergarten and elementary levels.

He said that this humanitarian project comes as part of the programs sponsored by KRCS to support orphan families and the education of their children, especially the weaker ones.

Al-Sayer expressed his appreciation to all the donors who were the main supporter in the implementation of these projects, saying, “the support that we see today embodies the Kuwaiti role and its slogan (Kuwait is by your side) based on the directives of the political leadership and the love of humanitarian acts that the Kuwaiti people are passionate about.” Kuwait Red Crescent Society have launched the project of housing and empowering Syrian orphan families in 2018, in cooperation
with Al-Sham Association for Orphan Care in Gaziantep, Turkiye.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Saudi, Pakistani Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Relations

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop them further in all fields, during a phone call conducted on Sunday.

The phone conversation also discussed the grave developments taking place in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, along with the latest regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Source: Qatar News Agency

MEW cooperates with KPTC to promote energy conservation

The Ministry of Electricity, Water, and Renewable Energy (MEW) launched 30 public transportation buses carrying awareness advertisements to promote energy conservation in cooperation with the Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC).

The Ministry stated in a press release that the advertisements for the “Wafer” (Conserve) campaign and the “Hafiz” (Preserve) program, which encourages the rationalization of water and electricity consumption, were broadcasted.

This grants people incentives of up to 50 percent off their bills through conserving water and electricity in private residences, reflecting the ministry’s belief in the importance of awareness campaigns to reduce excessive consumption of electricity and water.

The ministry explained that the national campaign will assist in updating its vision regarding the country’s electricity and water needs and rationalizing their consumption, which will directly alleviate the burden on public finances and contribute to the development of the environmental system in

The campaign aimed to change the consumption behavior of electricity and water among individuals in Kuwait.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Minister of State for International Cooperation: Qatar Has Taken Proactive Steps to Protect Lives, Ensure Rapid Response to Emergencies

Doha: HE Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater and HE United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths opened the High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Doha on Sunday.

The opening was attended by a number of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concerned authorities in the country.

In her opening speech of the strategic dialogue, HE the Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the State of Qatar has taken proactive steps to ensure a rapid response to emergencies, alleviate the suffering of those caught in crises, and protect human lives.

She said that Qatar established an air bridge to provide humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and Sudan, reflecting the country’s firm commitment to alleviating the
plight of those affected by the conflict.

HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater added that the State of Qatar plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian aid, medical support, and assistance in shelter efforts for those affected by conflicts. In December 2023, Qatar pledged to provide an initial USD 50 million humanitarian aid package to support refugees, the displaced, the wounded, the orphans, and victims of the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Her Excellency pointed out that Qatar sent 114 aircraft and ships carrying around 5,000 tons of aid to enhance relief efforts and also launched an initiative to treat 1,500 wounded Gazans and sponsor 3,000 orphans affected by the ongoing war in Gaza. In addition, Qatar pledged to provide USD 25 million to support UNRWA, which comes in addition to the previous commitment to support UNRWA with USD 18 million, covering 2023-2024.

HE the Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that with the continuation o
f the Israeli aggression against Gaza despite warnings from the international community, the Rafah crossing remains closed under Israeli control, which prevents the entry of any humanitarian aid into the Strip, She noted that hospitals in Gaza are in dire need of more support, including medicines and medical equipment, due to the increasing number of wounded men, women, children, and the elderly.

Her Excellency pointed out that the State of Qatar recently announced, before the Paris conference on Sudan, a new pledge of USD 25 million to support fraternal Sudan, based on its duty towards its generous people, bringing the total it has allocated since the outbreak of the crisis in the country to USD 75 million, in addition to the contributions of its civil institutions, represented by Qatar Charity and the Qatar Red Crescent Society, which exceeded USD 11 million as of the mid-April.

Her Excellency also noted the air bridge established by the State of Qatar at the beginning of the crisis to deliver humanitaria
n aid to Sudan, indicating that around 2,000 Sudanese with Qatari residency were evacuated through this bridge.

Her Excellency underscored that in Afghanistan, after the withdrawal of the United States, the State of Qatar played a vital role in supporting the Afghan people by evacuating more than 130,000 Afghans. She stressed the commitment of the State of Qatar to the people of Afghanistan by continuing to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance aimed at supporting three programs for education, healthcare, and livelihood, in addition to providing medical supplies and supporting infrastructure development.

Her Excellency indicated that during the past week, 5 Aircraft arrived at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport carrying shelter units, food supplies, medical supplies, and ambulances, in addition to rescue teams to help people in the areas affected by the floods.

HE the Minister of State for International Cooperation stressed that these efforts made in the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond, de
spite their importance, are not sufficient, as more work needs to be done to improve efforts and reach the most vulnerable communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters. she voiced her regret that despite the efforts of the international community, challenges remain, especially in Gaza and Sudan, where humanitarian aid faces obstacles in reaching those most in need.

HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater urged the need to raise the level of partnerships, empower the humanitarian system, and benefit from the valuable partnership between the State of Qatar and the OCHA to enhance the humanitarian impact in priority countries. She stressed the State of Qatar’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with the OCHA, contributing to Global response to humanitarian needs.

Concluding her speech, Her Excellency called for harnessing the collective experience, creativity, and determination to develop innovative strategies that will help overcome existing challenges and pave the way for a more effective humanitaria
n response. She added that by uniting the efforts, she is confident that there will be an ability to shape a brighter future for those caught up in the crisis and through cooperation, tangible progress would be achieved.

In turn, HE Director of Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sheikha Hanouf bint Abdulrahman Al-Thani indicated that the strategic dialogue is a highly important occasion, as it is the first strategic dialogue between the State of Qatar and the OCHA, which symbolizes the collective commitment to cooperation and partnership to address the pressing global challenges facing today’s world. she noted that it represents the beginning of a series of enriching discussions and cooperation, which would greatly impact the partnership between the two parties.

Her Excellency added that the State of Qatar attaches the highest levels of appreciation to its strategic alliance with the United Nations, and constantly seeks not only to achieve the noble goals set, but t
o exceed them to broader horizons. She expressed the State of Qatar’s deep commitment to strengthening international peace and security, promoting sustainable global development, defending human rights, providing timely humanitarian assistance, and engaging in constructive dialogues to address long-term and emerging global challenges.

The strategic dialogue – which is the first of its kind since the beginning of the partnership between the State of Qatar and the OCHA – aims to discuss and address ways to enhance cooperation between the two parties to coordinate humanitarian affairs in several areas, the most important of which is finding sustainable ways to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need.

The dialogue discussed strategic priorities and areas of cooperation to address the response to increasing humanitarian needs, including engaging in humanitarian diplomacy and enhancing humanitarian aid by identifying support and examining the relationship between humanitarian work and development
, including benefiting from development partners within Qatar to help reduce needs, in addition, to demonstrate Qatar’s contributions in OCHA’s office.

The dialogue dealt, in particular, with the humanitarian conditions and needs of the Gaza Strip, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

Participants stressed the importance of strengthening the humanitarian response through technical cooperation, capacity building, and continuous coordination between actors and the OCHA.

The dialogue resulted in the signing of five agreements with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), Qatar Airways, Qatar Charity, and the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).

Source: Qatar News Agency

Jordanian King, Singapore Defense Minister Discuss Developments in Gaza

Jordanian King Abdullah II on Sunday discussed with Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen the latest developments in the Gaza Strip.

King Abdullah stressed the need to reach an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and warning of the ramifications of an Israeli operation on Rafah.

The meeting also covered means to bolster cooperation between the two countries, especially in defense fields.

Source: Qatar News Agency