Qatar calls for concerted efforts to find peaceful solutions for regional disputes

Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Thani on Monday called for concerted efforts to find peaceful solutions to all the conflicts unfolding in the region and prevent the consequential threats.

Al-Thani said in his speech during the GCC’s ministerial meeting in strategic partnership with the US, that the most prominent challenge is the International Community’s failure to find a solution for the Palestinian crisis.

The recent escalations pose a serious threat to the region, said Al-Thani, and extensive diplomatic efforts must be taken to find peaceful solutions and prevent the greater threat of wars.

The Qatari FM called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the release of hostages on both sides and providing essential human aid as a step towards peace.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait, Egypt.. historic relations crowned by the visit of Kuwait Amir

The official visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Egypt, due on Tuesday, is a culmination of the historic ties and joint coordination between the two countries.

The visit of His Highness the Amir to Egypt is the first since His Highness assumed the office of the state last December. He paid other visits as the Crown Prince representing His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on October 21, 2023 at Cairo Peace Summit, on November 7, 2022 at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and at the second edition of the Green Middle East Initiative Summit.

On December 17, 2023, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi visited Kuwait, where he offered his condolences on the death of the late Amir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

He met with His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during his visit and wished His Highness success in leading the State of Kuwait to a more pr
osperous and promising future. This visit was preceded by an official visit by the Egyptian President to Kuwait on February 22, 2022 where he met the late Amir and discussed several regional and international issues of common interest and ways to boost cooperation between the two countries.

The historic ties between Kuwait and Egypt go back to the middle of the nineteenth century, but they were limited to trade relations, On diplomatic relations, Egypt was one of the first countries to recognize Kuwait’s sovereignty and independence, when the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser received credentials of the late Ambassador Abdel Aziz Hussein on December 20, 1961 as the first Ambassador Plenipotentiary of Kuwait to Egypt.

On March 19, 1962, Ambassador Mohammad Abdel Aziz presented his credentials to the late Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah as the first Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait.

On political relations, bilateral relations have witnessed continuous development through the Supreme Joint Committee betwe
en the two countries to promote bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Kuwait has always affirmed its full support for Egypt in various situations, including its full support for Egyptian-Syrian unity in 1958, standing by Egypt in the face of the June 1967 aggression, and in the October War of 1973.

Egypt was also one of the countries in the international coalition that contributed to the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 and played an effective role in restoring Kuwaiti sovereignty over its entire territory.

On educational relations, after the establishment of the Knowledge Council in Kuwait in 1936, Kuwaiti missions abroad continued to raise the level of academic achievement for scholarship students. In 1938 a delegation of five students were sent to Egypt, followed by four students in 1939, and 17 students in 1943, while Al-Azhar adopted supervision of the religious institute in Kuwait. In 1945, Kuwait opened the Kuwait House in Cairo for students’ affairs before it was officially opened on October 1, 1958
in the presence of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, head of the Kuwaiti council of knowledge at the time. Kuwaiti students would continue their studies at Cairo University and similar higher institutes to pursue University and postgraduate studies.

On economic relations, Kuwaiti investments contributed effectively to the development of Egyptian economy, being the third largest Arab trading partner after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with investments amounting to about USD 20 billion and the fourth global trading partner among investing countries.

On media relations, the two countries signed a joint media cooperation agreement in September 1998 in Cairo that aims to support cooperation in various media fields.

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and the Middle East News Agency (MENA) signed an annex to the agreement in September 2017 to support and consolidate bilateral media relations and open new horizons for cooperation.

On parliamentary relations, cooperatio
n between the Kuwaiti National Assembly and the Egyptian House of Representatives has been growing through joint Friendship Committee, exchange of visits, and continuous coordination in various forums on regional, Arab and international issues.

The cooperation between the two countries is extended to military, security, cultural, sports and scientific fields, strengthening the historical ties between the two countries and achieving goals of common interest.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

MP: This is the reason for delaying the election of the Speaker of Parliament

The MP of the State of Law coalition, Thaer Makhif Al-Jubouri, revealed the reason for the delay in electing the Speaker of Parliament until now.

Al-Jubouri said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA): ‘The Sunni political blocs’ lack of agreement to present a single candidate is the reason for delaying the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, given that each bloc presented a candidate for the position.’

He explained that: ‘After the Federal Court’s decision to consider the first session to elect the Speaker of the House of Representatives valid, no new candidates were presented for the position, and therefore only the five candidates will enter the competition.’

He pointed out: ‘the MP, Salem Al-Issawi is more favorable than Shaalan Al-Karim, Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani and the others if the second round of voting on the candidate for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives takes place.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Arab League: Gaza crisis end linked to Israeli occupation forces withdrawal

The plight of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip would end only when Israeli occupation forces withdraw from the enclave, paving the way for Palestinian statehood, the chief of the Arab League said on Monday.

The two-state solution to the Middle East conflict can come to fruition with “international determination,” which includes the recognition of an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 border lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, the chief of the Cario-based bloc’s Palestinian affairs department Dr. Saeed Abuali told the Arab Peace Group, on behalf of the Arab League secretary general.

The aforementioned matter has the backing of the “vast majority” of nations who have demonstrated their support in a plethora of initiatives ranging from international gatherings to local protests, all of which call for an end to the “mass genocide” committed by Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinians, the official underlined.

He lashed out at Israeli occupation forces for their “systemic acts of violenc
e,” across the West Bank and Gaza, which include the forced displacement of Palestinians there, in addition to other malpractices that are tantamount to “ethnic cleansing,” he added.

On a recent US veto of a United Nations draft (UN) resolution that blocked a Palestinian bid for statehood through UN membership, the official lamented the move as a dangerous precedent that seriously undermines any chances of peace in the Middle East, while giving credit to the 12 countries that voted in favor of the resolution.

The official decried the harrowing toll of the war on the Gaza Strip, citing that more than 120,000 Palestinians were left either dead or wounded amid the destruction, while thousands of others are still trapped underneath the rubble, according to UN statistics.

He went on to highlight the growing significance of the media, in addition to global humanitarian organizations in exposing “Israeli crimes,” while simultaneously ratcheting up pressure on the international community in a bid to put an end to
the violence.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Spain PM says he is staying in office

Sanchez indicated that he informed King Felipe VI about his decision and expressed gratitude to the Spanish people who showed sympathy, encouraging him to remain in the officce and carry on work.

Last Wednesday, the prime minister declared that he was suspending public duties to ponder his political future after a court in Madrid declared starting investigations into charges made by his political opponents against his wife Pegona Gomez that she used her influence to make controversial business deals.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Al-Hakim discusses with the head of the Palestinian Water Authority the latest developments in Gaza

Head of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar Al-Hakim, received this evening the head of the Palestinian Water Authority, Mazen Ghoneim.

A statement by Al-Hakim’s office stated that during the meeting, developments in the political scene in Palestine and developments in events in Gaza were discussed, where Al-Hakim stressed the unity of the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic position towards the Gaza crisis.

Al-Hakim stressed that recent events have proven that the Israeli entity is no longer what it was and that the cards with which it has always marketed itself have fallen, such as the card of oppression and persecution and the card of the invincible intelligence state. He also stressed the importance of international legitimacy and the implementation of the laws and decisions issued by it.

Al-Hakim renewed his call on the international community to pressure Israel to comply with the Security Council resolution and stop the unjust war on the Gaza Strip.

In the water file, he emphasized the exchange of experti
se and experiences in water management and the preservation of this wealth, which is suffering from the consequences of climate change and other complex problems.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Eight new ambassadors present copies of their credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral Affairs and Legal Affairs, Omar Al-Barzanji, received, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad, copies of the credentials of eight new ambassadors to Iraq.

The Ministry stated in a statement, ‘The ambassadors are: the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Khalid Ahmed Al-Mansour, the Ambassador of Malta, George Saeed Zammit, the Ambassador of Ghana, Mohammed Habib Idris, the Ambassador of Angola, Mr. Jose G.Martins, the Ambassador of Ethiopia, Saeed Mohammed Jibril, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Udaya Kumara, the Ambassador of Portugal, Fernando de Ure de Berto, and the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slavko Matanovic.

The statement added, “The Undersecretary conveyed, while receiving the ambassadors separately, the greetings of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein, and the desire of the Iraqi government to establish friendly relations and cooperation with everyone based on common interests
, enhance political, economic and commercial cooperation, and overcome differences through dialogue.”

The statement stressed the importance of moving to establishing diplomatic relations through embassies residing in Baghdad with the aim of expanding the horizons of cooperation and confronting global and regional challenges, based on the openness of the Iraqi government to everyone within bilateral and multilateral frameworks in international organizations.

The ceremony of receiving the credentials was attended by the heads of the relevant departments and the head of the Protocol Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

GCC reiterates rejection of Israeli occupation “aggression” against Gaza

The Gulf Cooperation Council is unwavering in its rejection of Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the bloc’s chief said on Monday, slamming such actions as infractions of established international laws and conventions.

The region is in the throes of “extraordinary and unprecedented” circumstances, Jassem Al-Budaiwi said amid talks bringing together foreign ministers from the Riyadh-based bloc and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

On the rising tension between Iran and Israel, he said that a further escalation risks plunging the region into turmoil, subsequently, undermining security and stability.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

India summons Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to protest ‘Khalistan’ slogans

Indian government on Monday summoned Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to protest against slogans supporting Sikh separatist movement ‘Khalistan’ at a public event in Toronto attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that Canadian Deputy High Commissioner Stewart Wheeler was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs with regard to the raising of separatist slogans on ‘Khalistan’ at an event which was being personally addressed by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and attended by other leaders.

“The government of India’s deep concern and strong protest was conveyed at such disturbing actions being allowed to continue unchecked at the event.

This illustrates once again the political space that has been given in Canada to separatism, extremism and violence,” it said.

The ministry also stated that such continued expressions impact India-Canada relations and encourage a climate of violence and criminality in Canada that will af
fect its own citizens.

India Canada relations have deteriorated due to the alleged support to the Sikh separatist movement that calls for the establishment of a separate state for the Sikhs in Punjab.

Both the countries have exchanged allegations of interference in the internal affairs and carrying out activities detrimental to the interest of the other.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Al-Araji discusses with the Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee enhancing cooperation and joint coordination

The National Security Advisor, Qasim Al-Araji, received in his office today, Monday, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, MP Atwan Al-Atwani.

During the meeting, according to a statement by the Chancellery, they discussed ways to enhance coordination and cooperation between the National Security Chancellery and the House of Representatives on common issues and files, in addition to the role of the House of Representatives in supporting state institutions to accomplish their tasks in accordance with what was included in the government program.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Six-party Arab consultative meeting discusses Gaza situation

The six-party Arab ministerial meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the situation in Gaza on Monday, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The meeting was chaired by the Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, and in the presence of the Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Jordan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Al-Safadi, Egypt Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shukri, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al-Sheikh.

The meeting stressed the importance of reaching an immediate ceasefire and ending the war in a way that guarantees the protection of civilians by international humanitarian law, in addition to discussing mechanisms for lifting all restrictions that impede the entry of humanitarian aid into all areas of the strip.

It also tou
ched on the efforts made by the Arab Six Nations in support of the issue of international recognition of the Palestinian state to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Palestinian people in embodying their independent and sovereign state on the borders of June 4, 1967.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Chinese Pres. to visit France next week – Elysee

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting France on a state visit next week to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations and discuss current international crises, the Elysee announced on Monday.

According to news report by BFM News Station, citing the Elysee, French President, Emmanuel Macron, will receive his Chinese counterpart on 6 and 7 of May. Their meeting will be the first since the pandemic started.

The leaders will discuss the Ukraine war and the Middle East situation. Additionally, they will explore matters of mutual interest such as trade, scientific collaboration, cultural exchanges, and sports cooperation. Furthermore, they will address joint actions to tackle global challenges, particularly focusing on the climate emergency.

The two parties will also discuss the protection of biodiversity and the financial situation of the most vulnerable countries.

The state visit to France follows Macron’s three-day visit to Beijing and Canton in April of last year, aimed at revitalizing all aspects o
f French-Chinese relations amidst escalating international tensions and crises. It underscores the necessity of providing a clear direction to this strategic partnership in these challenging times.

Source: Kuwait News Agency