DEFENSE MINISTER DISCUSSES DEVELOPMENTS WITH RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR, ITINERANT VISITORS

Caretaker Minister of National Defense, Maurice Sleem, met on Tuesday at his Yarzeh office, with Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Rudakov, with discussions reportedly touching on developments in Lebanon and the region, in addition to the bilateral relations.

Caretaker Minister of Defense also received in his office former MPs Estephan Al-Duwaihi and Mansour Ghanem Al-Bon, with whom he discussed the country’s general situation.

Minister Sleem later received Minister the Secretary General of the Independent Nasserite Movement- Al-Mourabitoun, Brigadier General Mustafa Hamdan, with whom he broached the latest developments in the country.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Turkiye, US discuss bilateral ties, situation in Palestine


ISTANBUL, Turkiye and the United States, on Tuesday, discussed bilateral relations, the Israeli occupation entity’s attacks on the Palestinians, and developments in the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Turkish (Anadolu) news Agency reported that this came during a meeting in Ankara between Akif Cagatay Kilic, chief advisor to the Turkish President, and an American delegation headed by Undersecretary of State for Administrative Affairs John Bass.

The two sides also touched on Turkish-American relations, Israeli attacks on the Palestinians, and the latest developments in the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The latest developments between Iran and the Israeli occupation entity and the Azerbaijani-Armenian file were discussed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

“NATIONAL ACCORD” BLOC MEETS WITH AMBASSADORS OF QUINTET COMMITTEE

National Accord” bloc MPs Faisal Karami, Taha Naji, Hassan Murad, Mohammed Yahya and Adnan Trabulsi, on Tuesday met with the Ambassadors of the Quintet Committee.

The meeting took place at the residence of the Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alaa Moussa, in Aramoun.

The Quintet committee includes US Ambassador Lisa Johnson, French Ambassador Hervé Magro, KSA Ambassador Walid Bukhari, Egyptian Ambassador Alaa Moussa, and Qatari Ambassador Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

Discussions touched on the latest developments related to the election of a new President of the Lebanese Republic and the means to achieve this entitlement.

Following the meeting, MP Karami said: ‘We have sensed a push from the ‘quintet’ towards a solution in Lebanon in terms of electing a president of the republic, especially since Lebanon is going through a stage that is considered more dangerous than ever before.’ Karami added: “It is clear that there is no salvation or solution except through dialogue, and it is also clear that the Qui
ntet’s trust in Speaker Nabih Berri is great.’

Karami also indicated that ‘there is nothing new with the quintet, but only seeking opinions.’

Karami concluded by saying: ‘The name of the candidate we support is known and we are ready to go to any lengths to defend him.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Abdullah bin Zayed, UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs discuss regional developments over phone

ABU DHABI: .H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, discussed with David Cameron, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, recent developments in the region and their fallout on regional and global peace and security.

During a phone conversation, the two top diplomats reviewed international efforts to enhance the response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, and the urgency of fast-tracking the sustainable and safe delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in the Strip.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the importance of exercising the utmost restraint to avoid serious repercussions, and the region being pulled into new levels of instability. He also stressed that dialogue, diplomatic channels, adherence to the rule of law and respecting the United Nations Charter are essential tools in resolving conflicts and promoting peace and stability in the region and the world and the prosperity of nat
ions worldwide.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Speaker of Shura Council Holds Official Talks with Jordan’s House of Representatives Speaker


Amman, The Speaker of the Shura Council, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, led a delegation to Jordan today in response to an official invitation from the Speaker of the Jordanian House of Representatives, Ahmed Safadi.

During his official visit, the two speakers engaged in discussions to strengthen parliamentary cooperation between the two countries and open up new horizons for cooperation. They also discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries and touched on many topics of common interest.

Dr. Al Al-Sheikh expressed gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality extended to him and his delegation. He highlighted the importance of translating the relations between the two sides into work that strengthens the bonds of cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

He noted that the efforts of the two Houses through parliamentary friendship committees and mutual official visits would be crowned with desired results that serve the interests and a
chieve the aspirations of the two countries’ leaderships.

Safadi, in turn, welcomed Dr. Al Al-Sheikh and his delegation, expressing his country’s appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s positions in support of Jordan. He also praised the Kingdom’s positions regarding various regional and international issues.

The Speaker of Shura Council noted the continuous directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for all efforts that support the solid relations between the two countries. He explained that the discussions with the Speaker of the House of Representatives come as an extension of previous meetings in which the two sides seek to work hard to achieve the aspirations of the two countries’ leadership.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

GCC Chief: Gulf, Cerntral Asian countries 2nd meeting to strengthen cooperation


Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi said Monday that the second ministerial meeting of the strategic dialogue between GCC and Central Asia countries aims to strengthen the foundation of cooperation between the two sides.

This came during his speech at the meeting, held in the Uzbekistan capital Tashkent, with the participation of the Cooperation Council and the Central Asian countries foreign ministers.

In his speech, Al-Budaiwi noted the multiple reasons for the importance of this meeting, as he stated that there are two main reasons that distinguish this joint ministerial meeting and make it among the most important and accurate meetings. The first reason is that it is the first of its kind, following the historic summit hosted by Saudi Arabia in July 2023, which brought together the leaders of the GCC countries and the leaders of the Central Asian countries to establish the frameworks for future cooperation between both sides.

He added that the second reason is the
unprecedented developments and state of uncertainty in many political, economic, security, and even social matters and issues that the international community is facing, which require intensifying communication and coordination in an effort to resolve these issues.

Al-Budaiwi explained that the joint cooperation action plan for the period 2023-2027 was approved during the meeting, which includes strengthening cooperation in various fields, such as political and security dialogue, economic, trade, and investment cooperation, as well as cooperation in the fields of education, health, culture, media, youth, and sports.

He also highlighted the direction of the GCC partnership with the countries of Central Asia, which includes ensuring joint success, establishing effective partnerships, enhancing exchange and communication between peoples, opening markets and elevating economic activities, working to save energy and its flow, and striving towards strengthening the digital economy.

Source: Kuwait News Agency