GCC chief welcomes recognition of Palestine by several European states


The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) welcomed on Wednesday the official recognition of the State of Palestine by Spain, Ireland, and Norway.

In a statement, Jassem Al-Budaiwi — GCC Secretary General — indicated that this recognition was a pivotal and strategic step towards achieving the two-state solution.

He added that it was a strong motivation for all countries to take similar steps to recognize the State of Palestine, contributing to the Palestinian people obtaining all their rights and living in peace, justice and independence, after many years of injustice, oppression, and serious violations and living under the pressure of the Israeli occupation forces.

Furthermore, he called on the international community, with all its institutions and organizations, to play their role in supporting the Palestinian people to obtain the full right to establish their state.

Al-Budaiwi also reaffirmed the firm stance of the GCC in support of the Palestinian cause, and reaching a solution based on ending the Israeli o
ccupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Iraq welcomes the decision of Norway, Spain and Ireland to recognize the independent State of Palestine


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed, today, Wednesday, that Iraq welcomes the decision taken by Norway, Spain and Ireland to recognize the independent State of Palestine.

The ministry said in a statement: ‘This decision is an important first step towards restoring and consolidating the entire usurped Palestinian right,’ calling on the countries of the world to ‘move forward towards recognizing the State of Palestine and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and supporting their national struggle to achieve independence.’

It stressed: “Stability in the region will not be achieved except by establishing a Palestinian state with Holy Quds as its capital.”

Today, Wednesday, Spain, Norway, and Ireland announced their official recognition of the Palestinian state, in a step that will take effect on May 28.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Dean of African diplomatic corps hails Kuwait’s aid to Africa


The dean of the African diplomatic corps and Ambassador of the Republic of Togo, Mohamed Ouro, praised on Wednesday the pioneering role undertaken by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and aid for development in 51 African countries.

The ambassador was speaking to KUNA after partaking in a seminar organized by the Kuwait Diplomatic Institute, titled “sixty years of Kuwaiti-African relations,” attended by the Foreign Minister assistant for the Institute Affairs, Ambassador Nasser Al-Sebeeh, and heads of foreign diplomatic missions.

Ambassador Ouro said the Kuwaiti-African relations are distinguished with brotherly and strong bonds, based on fruitful cooperation, citing the endorsement of various accords, visits’ swaps by senior officials and diplomats.

The cordial dialogue organized by the institute on the 60th anniversary of the distinguished ties is a good opportunity to examine means of fostering these relations further, he said.

The State of Kuwait hosts 34 African diplomatic missions, the l
argest entity of the sector in the country. Kuwait, for its part, maintains up to 17 missions in the African continent.

He valued Kuwaiti investments in Africa at USD 28 billion and the trade exchanges volume at more than USD 10 million.

KFAED, for its part, has contributed 500 loans worth USD 10 million to fund development projects in Africa.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

In the video: Al-Sudani arrives in Tehran at the head of an official delegation to offer condolences on the death of the Iranian President


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani arrived in Tehran, at the head of a high-ranking official delegation that included the President of the Federal Court and a number of ministers and governors, to offer condolences on the death of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and their companions.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

In the presence of Al-Maliki… Dawa Party holds a condolence gathering to mourn the souls of Raisi and his companions in the helicopter accident


The Islamic Dawa Party held, this evening, Wednesday, a condolence gathering to mourn the souls of the victims of the plane crash of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and his companions, in Al-Abrar Complex, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Islamic Dawa Party, Nouri al-Maliki, and political, parliamentary, and community figures.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Palestinian Presidency acclaims states’ recognition of the State of Palestine


The Palestinian Presidency on Wednesday applauded plans by Ireland and Spain to recognize the State of Palestine, saying such stances mirror keenness on supporting the Palestinian people and their uncompromised rights.

The Presidency said in a press release that Ireland has steadily supported the Palestinian people’s rights for years and voted in favor of these rights at international quarters. Its latest decision capped these stands and came in line with international law’s norms that recognize people’s right to be liberated from colonialism and oppression.

It called upon states that have not taken such a step to take the move and acknowledge the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and restore confidence in the world order, based on equal rights for all nations.

The Palestinian Presidency also lauded an identical decision by Spain saying its decision comes as a contribution by the states that advocate the two states’ solutions as an option that represents the international will and legitimacy
.

It also urged states to follow Spain’s steps that has chosen the path for attaining peace and stability.

Ireland had declared its recognition of the State of Palestine and that a relevant decision would be effective as of May 28. Madrid had made an identical announcement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Khamenei receives Al-Sudani in Tehran


The Leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Mr. Ali Khamenei, received Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, who is visiting Tehran to offer condolences on the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani arrived this morning in Tehran, at the head of a high-level official delegation that included the President of the Federal Court and a number of ministers and governors, to offer condolences on the death of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and their companions.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Sudani heads to Tehran at the head of an official delegation to offer condolences on the death of the Iranian President


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani headed to Tehran, at the head of a high-ranking official delegation that included the President of the Federal Court and a number of ministers and governors, to offer condolences on the death of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and their companions.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Arab Parliament’s commission utterly rejects bids to liquidate Palestinian cause


CAIRO, The Arab Parliament’s Palestine Committee on Tuesday declared anew utter rejection of any bids to liquidate the Palestinian cause, systematic coercive displacement of the Palestinian people and any scenario to replay Al-Nakba.

The Palestinian Nakba has been recurring since the October 7 events (2023) in an uglier and much more horrific manner, said the commission in a statement, released after a meeting.

It alluded to the Israeli occupation’s daily massacres and genocides claiming lives of thousands of Palestinians, mostly women and children.

The Arab Parliament wilL continue its international and regional efforts in support of the cause until the Palestinian people attain their legitimate rights and establish their independent state with the June 4, 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.

It affirmed necessity that Palestine as an independent state be accepted as a member in the United Nations, with full sovereignty and ensure reclaiming all the legitimate rights for the Palestinian people na
mely their right to return to their homeland and determine their destiny.

International stakeholders are ought to shoulder their responsibilities to restore peace, security and stability to the Middle East, the statement said, warning that this objective could not be attained without resolving the Palestinian cause, achieving justice and granting freedom to the Palestinian people.

It supported a recent call by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold an international conference and take irreversible steps for establishing the Palestinian state according to the 2002 Arab peace initiative and resolutions of the international legitimacy.

The commission, in the end of the session, adopted a resolution regarding the situation in Palestine for submission to the broad session of the Arab Parliament, due at the Arab League headquarters on Saturday.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Erdogan stresses the necessity of putting an end to the genocidal policy of the Netanyahu government


Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need to put an end to the genocidal policy of the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Gaza Strip.

Erdogan said in a joint press conference with Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciulacu following their meeting today in Ankara: ‘Netanyahu and his government are continuing the policy of genocide at the expense of endangering the security of their citizens, and this must be put to an end.

He added: “The responsibilities of the international community regarding stopping the injustices committed by Israel and ensuring the security of our Palestinian brothers are clear, but despite this, steps are not being taken that would stop the massacre.

The Turkish President explained that they exchanged ideas with Ciolacu about developments in the region and the world, in addition to bilateral relations.

He pointed out that the Israeli injustice in Gaza and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories was at the forefront of these e
xpressive issues of his belief that Romania will make the necessary contributions to international efforts in this regard.

Erdogan stated that the course of the war in Ukraine, which has entered its third year, was discussed during his talks with the Romanian Prime Minister.

He stressed that since the beginning of the war, Turkey has made and continues to make significant contributions to ending the clashes, ensuring global food security and safety of navigation in the Black Sea.

Regarding bilateral relations with Romania, Erdogan indicated that trade exchange between the two countries exceeded 10 billion dollars during two consecutive years, and that the two countries’ goal is to reach 15 billion dollars.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Saudi’s ALESCO presidency testament to efforts in development — Saudi cabinet


JEDDAH, Saudi cabinet said Tuesday that earning presidency of Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO) for the third time in a row is a testament to the Saudi role in its development and efforts in achieving objectives and amplifying its influence.

This was in a statement issued by the state-run news agency (SPA) on behalf of Information Minister Salman Al-Dousari after a cabinet session chaired by the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammad bin Salman.

During the session, the Crown Prince reassured that the King is in good health, wishing him a speedy recovery and wellbeing.

The Saudi cabinet looked into outcomes of 33rd Arab League summit in Bahrain, as well as recommendation issued after the Arab Forum for anti-corruption authorities that was held in Riyadh last week.

Source: Kuwait News Agency