The United Nations warns of an imminent famine in the southern Gaza Strip

Jerusalem – Ma’an – The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, announced that “there are almost no food stocks left in the southern Gaza Strip.”

Griffiths stressed that famine in Gaza is an ‘imminent danger,’ noting that bringing in fuel is ‘almost impossible.’

He also added that the humanitarian operation in Gaza has been ‘stuck and cannot be planned’ since the Israeli attack on Rafah.

In turn, a United Nations spokesman confirmed that land routes to Gaza are the most feasible, effective and efficient for delivering aid.

Source: Maan News Agency

33rd Arab Summit: Somali Prime Minister Stresses Importance of Arab Support for Palestinian Cause

Somalia expressed its deep concern and extreme dissatisfaction with the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, denouncing the continuing crimes of the Israeli aggression against Gaza, and the Israeli entity committing a genocidal war against the residents of Gaza Strip.

In his speech during the 33rd Arab Summit held in the Bahraini capital, Manama, Prime Minister of Somalia, Hamza Abdi Barre has called for more Arab support to confront the violations of the Israeli entity against the Palestinians, pointing to the holding of the Arab Summit amid economic challenges, crises and armed and political conflicts witnessed by a number of Arab countries.

He highlighted that the Palestinian issue is the central issue of the Arab and Islamic nations, stressing the importance of Arab and international support to confront Israeli violations against the Palestinian people, and the right of the Palestinians to establish their independent, fully sovereign state.

He reiterated his country’s support for the Arab Peace I
nitiative, and for all efforts that lead to the Palestinian brothers achieving their legitimate rights, and its support for all steps taken by the Palestinian leadership to stop the brutal massacres taking place in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Jordan and Armenia Hold Political Consultations in Yerevan

Amman: Ambassador Majid Qatarneh, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates for Diplomatic and Expatriates Affairs, and Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia, Vahan Kostanyan, conducted the second round of political consultations between their respective foreign ministries on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the consultations, held in Yerevan, focused on enhancing the robust cooperation between the two countries, which has significantly developed over recent years.

The discussions covered regional developments, particularly the Palestinian issue, the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and its holy sites, and the situation in the Gaza Strip.

The talks also explored avenues for increased cooperation and coordination in economic and tourism sectors, information technology, artificial intelligence, education, and culture. Further, they emphasized deepening collaboration within international organizations.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli strikes kills 9 Gazans

Gaza: Israeli strikes killed four Palestinians and injured others on a house in Al-Fukhari area, east of Khan Yunis, south of Gaza Strip.

Additionally, four other Gazans were killed after the occupation bombed a house in Jabalia camp in the northern strip.

A child was also killed and others were injured in the occupation’s shelling on Taluli area in the northern coastal enclave.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli Occupation Murders 35,272 Palestinians, Injures 79,205 Others in Aggression on Gaza

The Israeli occupation murdered at least 35,272 Palestinians, and injured at least 79,205 others since the beginning of its ongoing aggression on the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7, 2023.

Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that, during the past 24 hours, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) committed four massacres against Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip, murdering 39 civilians and injuring 64 others.

The Palestinian authorities estimate that there are approximately 10,000 Palestinian martyrs under the rubble of demolished buildings, and in mass graves where Israeli soldiers buried hundreds of defenseless civilians.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Highlights Arabic AI Project Fanar

Doha: HE Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Mannai, said that the Arabic Artificial Intelligence Large Language Model (LLM) Fanar is expected to usher in a renaissance in Arabic generative AI content in terms of accuracy and the ability to understand and handle texts with high precision, which will reflect on the capabilities of translation programs, media, and academic research.

He emphasized that the project, resulting from a strategic collaboration between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Qatar Computing Research Institute as well as other partners, is capable of dealing with linguistic complexities in the Arabic language. He also said that the model will be trained on vast and accurate Arabic content that it can train to develop and improve within specific linguistic frameworks, helping it understand the characteristics of the Arabic language and thereby have the ability to understand, process, and create Arabic content
suitable for the Arab culture. His Excellency highlighted that this would enrich the digital experience of institutions and Arabic speakers.

During a panel discussion at the Qatar Economic Forum titled “Artificial Intelligence: Regulation and Innovation,” His Excellency highlighted that Fanar is a one of a kind national initiative aimed at developing large, precise linguistic models manufactured in the Arabic language. He pointed out that promising results achieved by the Qatar Computing Research Institute’s research in creating this massive Arabic language model are characterized by its ability to predict with extreme accuracy. His Excellency added that efforts are underway to translate these achievements into a successful and realistic project that respects the privacy and rich culture of the Arabic language.

He also pointed out the vast differences in the level of generative artificial intelligence solutions between the Arabic and English languages in terms of contextual understanding, linguistic accura
cy, and the depth and fluency of generated content, and that Fanar was developed to bridge this gap between the two languages, enabling it to provide balanced perspectives that avoid any negative impact on Arab culture.

His Excellency said that Qatar has allocated a package of incentives worth QR 9 billion to support comprehensive digital transformation by investing in technology, innovation, and artificial intelligence. His Excellency added that $1 billion dollars has been allocated to support entrepreneurs and startups in the region, demonstrating the country’s firm commitment to enhancing its regional position as a leading center for digital innovation and its pivotal role in driving digital development in the Arab region and reflect the state’s efforts to achieve the goals of the third national development strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Arab Summits: Historical Milestones in Support of Just, Legitimate Palestinian Rights – 2 –

During the 23rd Arab summit held in March 2012 in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab leaders called for a dialogue between the Syrian authorities and the opposition, demanding that Damascus immediately implement the plan of the UN and Arab League Special Envoy in Syria, Kofi Annan.

In March 2013, the 24th regular session of the Arab summit was held in Doha, during which the Arab countries’ leaders reaffirmed the statement within the Arab League Charter and the treaties and agreements complementary to it, proving the close connection and the many ties that bind all the Arab countries. They also stressed ensuring the consolidation of these ties, strengthening them, and directing them to what is best for all Arab countries.

The 25th Arab summit was held in March 2014, in Kuwait, and culminated in the issuance of the Kuwait Declaration, which renewed the pledge of the leaders of Arab countries to find the necessary solutions to the delicate and critical situations that the Arab world is going through with a deep vision an
d open insight. The leaders also expressed their absolute and categorical rejection of the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, the continuation of settlement, and the Judaization of Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem), whether by violating its Islamic and Christian sanctities, or by changing its demographic and geographic status, deeming the Israeli measures null and void under international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy.

Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration, which concluded the 26th Arab summit in March 2015, stressed Arab solidarity in word and deed in dealing with the developments that the region was experiencing, and the utmost necessity of formulating joint Arab positions in the face of all challenges.

The 27th Arab summit was held in July 2016, in Mauritania. It was concluded with the issuance of the Nouakchott Declaration, which affirmed the centrality of the Palestinian cause in joint Arab action, and moving forward in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the face of
systematic Israeli aggression.

The 28th session of the Arab summit was held in March 2017, in the Dead Sea region, Jordan, and it affirmed the continuation of work to relaunch serious and effective Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations that will end the political impasse.

The 29th Arab summit was held in April 2018, in Dhahran, KSA, and its final statement stressed the importance of strengthening joint Arab action to confront the dangers facing the Arab countries and threatening their security and stability. The Arab leaders also announced their rejection of all unilateral Israeli steps that change the facts and undermine the two-state solution, and the invalidity and illegitimacy of considering Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel, demanding that the countries of the world not move their embassies to Occupied Jerusalem, or recognize it as the capital of Israel.

The 30th Arab summit was held on March 31, 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia, during which the Arab leaders stressed that what unites Arab
countries and people is much greater that what divides them, thanks to the strength of ancient civilization ties, history, bonds of brotherhood, unity of culture and mutual interests.

Algeria hosted the 31st regular Arab summit in November 2022, and the Palestinian cause topped the summit’s agenda, which reiterated the centrality of the Palestinian cause to the entire Arab nation, in addition to the Arabs’ adherence to peace as a strategic choice, and resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 with all its elements.

In 2023, the 32rd Arab summit was held in Jeddah, KSA, during which Arab countries’ leaders stressed the centrality of the Palestinian cause, expressing their strong condemnation of the practices and violations that target the Palestinians and undermine efforts to establish their independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. They also emphasized the importance of strengt
hening joint Arab action, solidarity and cooperation, protecting the sovereignty of countries and the cohesion of their institutions, and achieving further advancement of Arab action to keep pace with the challenges of the new era, in a way that serves the goals and aspirations towards a better future for the coming Arab generations.

The Arab summits, resolutions and statements continue to affirm the adherence of the Arab nation, states and peoples, to the option of peace based on international legitimacy, and that a just solution to the Palestinian cause, as the Arabs’ primary cause, will remain the key to peace, security and stability in the Middle East region.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Kuwaiti woman plays major role in country’s progress — Deputy FM

The Kuwaiti woman has played a substantial role in the State of Kuwait’s progress and prosperity, motivated by her dedication to the homeland, said the Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikh Jarrah Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Thursday.

She plays a pivotal role at the level of the national economy, said the Deputy Foreign Minister during inauguration of a forum, organizaed by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, themed “Kuwait has its own women.” The forum marking Kuwait Woman Day was attended by diplomats.

The forum constitutes an opportunity to shed light on the Kuwaiti woman’s distinguished role and her contributions to the homeland establishment and progress at the economic, political, social and cultural levels, he said

The Deputy Foreign Minister said organizing the forum, in coordination between the foreign department and the KPC, mirrored the State of Kuwait’s substantial concern for the female citizens namely their major role in the oil sector.

This concern is in line with national policies dating back to the tim
es of establishing the State of Kuwait, out of the belief that the woman “is a prime section of the community and a key for progress and development,” Sheikh Jarrah Jaber said.

May 15 is an important day, celebrated annually to mark the Kuwaiti women accomplishments, he has affirmed.

The Kuwaiti woman has been playing a distinguished role at the social, political, itelligent and cultural levels, he said, noting that the state has taken many decisions intended to bolster the woman status at the local and external levels.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait Chief of Staff urges military personnel to dedicate themselves to homeland

Chief of the General Staff of Kuwait Army Air Marshal Bandar Al-Muzayan on Thursday called on military personnel to live up to the trust placed in them and dedicate themselves to the safety of the homeland.

In an address to the graduates of the 108th non-commissioned officers’ course and 108th personnel’s course combined with the 17th Maghawir’s (Special Forces’) course, Al-Muzayan spoke highly of the efforts of the Maghawir brigade to build the capacity of the military personnel and enhance their preparedness through military science and field training.

The graduation ceremony was held under auspices and in presence of Air Marshal Al-Muzayan, according to a statement from the General Staff HQ.

The Chief of the General Staff reaffirmed the readiness of the Kuwait Army to carry out any mission to protect the security and stability of the dear homeland under the leadership of His Highness the Amir and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

On his part, Commander of M
aghawir 25 Brigade Brig. Staff Nasser Barrak said the just-ended courses focused on field combat skills and chemical warfare defense.

The trainees were provided with techniques of mobilization, field combat, and engagement in mountainous areas, as well as training on communication systems and topographic study, Brig. Barrak noted in a statement.

During the ceremony, the graduates paraded their military skills and combat capabilities whether individually or collectively, and then the Chief of the General Staff handed them certificates and awards.

The ceremony gathered senior officers from the ministries of defense and interior and the National Guards as well as families of the graduates.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research arrives in Ankara on an official visit

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Naeem Al-Aboudi, arrived today, Thursday, in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on a two-day official visit, based on an invitation from the Chairman of the Higher Education Authority, Erwal Ozvar, to discuss joint cooperation programs among educational institutions in the two countries.

The Iraqi Embassy in Ankara stated, ‘The Minister was received by the Deputy Chairman of the Higher Education Authority, Khaldun Kok Tash, the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Ankara, Majid Al-Lajmawi, and the Cultural Attaché, Maysar Muhammad Yunus.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Qatar, Palau Authorities Discuss Enhancing Air Services Cooperation

Doha: In Charge of Managing Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) Mohammed Faleh Al Hajri and HE Minister of Human Resources, Culture, Tourism and Development of the Republic of Palau Ngiraibelas Tmetuchl, discussed the possibility of signing an air services agreement between the two countries.

During their meeting, the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the field of air transport. They also exchanged views on a number of topics of common concern in the field of civil aviation.

Source: Qatar News Agency