Foreign Minister Participates in GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Meeting

Tashkent: Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah took part today in the second ministerial meeting of the GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue, held in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

In a speech, the minister stressed the importance of continued coordination and consultation between the GCC and Central Asian countries, based on common values, interests, and deep historical ties, which have been growing in recent years.

He also said it was important to nurture common interests, to make the two regions safe, stable, and prosperous, and give hope for a better future for all, adding that there is wide consensus in GCC and Central Asian countries on the importance of reaching peace, encouraging negotiation to find solutions, and supporting security, stability, and development.

He reiterated the need for intensive efforts to ensure the internationally recognized rights of the Palestinian people, and to achieve peace through negotiations, in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and th
e principles of international law.

Prince Faisal also stressed the importance of continuing efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region, of arriving at a sustainable ceasefire, lifting the siege on Gaza Strip, and ensuring the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid there.

He called for preventing the forced displacement of Palestinians, and urged the international community and the UN Security Council to permanently stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

Saudi Ambassador to Uzbekistan Yousef Algahrah and Director of the Department of the GCC Countries at the Saudi Foreign Ministry Anas Alwasedey attended the meeting.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

UN Secretary-General calls for de-escalation in the Middle East

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that the people of the Middle East are facing a real danger of a devastating full-scale conflict, urging ‘maximum restraint’ across a region ‘on the brink’.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council yesterday evening, with representatives from Israel, Iran, and Syria present, to address recent developments between Iran and Israel, Guterres underscored the imperative to de-escalate tensions, exercise utmost restraint, and step back from the brink of conflict.

The Secretary-General reiterated to all United Nations members the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, which strictly forbid the use of force against regional stability or the political sovereignty of any nation.

Furthermore, he highlighted the importance of upholding the sanctity of diplomatic and consular premises, along with their personnel, in accordance with international law under all circumstances.

‘It is vital to avoid any action that could lead
to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East…Now is the time for maximum restraint,’ the UN Secretary-General told delegates at the opening of the UN Security Council meeting.

Recalling the international community’s shared responsibility to engage all parties to prevent further escalation, the Secretary-General added that there was a similar responsibility to secure an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.

He added that there was a further shared responsibility to stop violence in the occupied West Bank, de-escalate the situation along the Blue Line, and re-establish safe navigation in the Red Sea.

‘We have a shared responsibility to work for peace. Regional – and indeed global — peace and security are being undermined by the hour. Neither the region nor the world can afford more war,’ Guterres concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Uzbekistan Pres. receives Kuwait’s FM

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on Monday, received Kuwait Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Al-Yahya, on the sidelines of the second ministerial meeting between GCC and central Asian countries, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to develop and enhance relations in various fields.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Saudi, Uzbek Foreign Ministers Sign Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic, Special Passports Holders

Tashkent: Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met today with Uzbek counterpart Bakhtiyar Saidov on the sidelines of the second GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting, held in Tashkent.

A key outcome of the meeting was the signing of a reciprocal visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic and special passports.

Discussions covered a wide array of topics and reviewed the current state of Saudi-Uzbek relations, and avenues for further collaboration on issues of mutual interest.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

UN experts denounce use of purported (AI) to commit ‘domicide’ in Gaza

A group of UN experts on Monday deplored the purported use of artificial intelligence (AI) and related military directives by the Israeli Occupation Entity in Gaza leading to an unprecedented toll on the civilian population housing vital services and infrastructure.

In a joint statement, the experts said “If proven true the shocking revelations of the use of AI systems by the Israeli military such as “Gospel” “Lavender” and “Where’s Daddy?” combined with lowered human due diligence to avoid or minimize civilian casualties and infrastructure contribute to explaining the extent of the death toll and home destruction in Gaza.

They noted that more than 15,000 deaths almost half of all civilian deaths so far occurred during the first six weeks after October 7 when (AI) systems seem to have been largely relied upon for target selection.

“We are especially concerned about the alleged use of (AI) to target ‘family homes’ of suspected Hamas operatives typically at night when they sleep with unguided munitions known
as ‘dumb’ bombs with little regard for civilians who may be in or around that home,” they said.

They also expressed concern about the practice of bombing so-called “power targets” such as large high-rise residential and public buildings especially in the first weeks of the war. “Buildings that were not legitimate military targets were bombed simply with the intent to shock the population and increase civilian pressure on Hamas,” the experts said.

The experts underscored that between 60-70 percent of all homes in Gaza and up to 84 percent of homes in northern Gaza are either fully destroyed or partly damaged. The World Bank UN and EU estimate that damage to the Strip thus far is USD 18.5 billion or 97 percent of the total GDP of Gaza and the West Bank.

The experts stated that the systematic and widespread destruction of housing services and civilian infrastructure represents a crime against humanity “a Domicide” as well as numerous war crimes and acts of genocide.

They added that the Occupation entity had
the moral and legal responsibility to start the reparative approach as well as the countries that supplied military material and political support for the war and the occupation.

The statement signed by Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Balakrishnan Rajagopal Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 Francesca Albanese Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls its causes and consequences Reem Alsalem and Special Rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Arab Parliament condemns settlers’ crimes escalation against Palestinians in West Bank

The Arab Parliament on Monday condemned the escalation of crimes and violations by settlers, colonialist militias and their armed terrorist elements against defenseless Palestinians in villages, towns, camps and cities in the West Bank.

The Arab Parliament said in a statement, “Firing bullets at Palestinians and burning their homes and vehicles reached unprecedented levels under the protection of the Israeli occupation army.” The statement held “the Israeli occupation and the extreme right-wing government fully and directly responsible for these inflammatory calls and the subsequent crimes and violations that violate international law and all international legitimacy resolutions, which lead to detonating the situation and undermining the chances of a two-state solution

Source: Kuwait News Agency