Egypt, UN stresses necessity of intensifying volume of aid to Palestinians in Gaza

Egypt and the United Nations (UN) stressed on Monday the necessity of intensifying the volume of aid to meet the urgent needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza strip, including northern side, as well as providing protection for international relief crews in the Strip.

The official spokesman and director of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ahmad Abu Zaid said in a statement that the remarks were made during the Foreign Minister’s reception to the United Nations Chief Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs and Reconstruction in Gaza Sigrid Kach.

He called to deal seriously and urgently with the crushing humanitarian crisis by approving an immediate and permanent ceasefire, as well as the full, safe and intensive implementation of aid in all areas of Gaza.

He also stressed on removing all obstacles made by Israel occupation in this regard and open all land crossings between Israel and Gaza Strip to increase the flow of aid.

He pointed out that the meeting dealt with
following up on developments in the efforts of the UN coordinator to implement the tasks assigned to her under Security Council Resolution (2720) to facilitate, coordinate and monitor the process of bringing humanitarian aid into Gaza, and the related ongoing efforts with the parties.

For her part, the UN Coordinator affirmed her keenness to implement her tasks, appreciating the pivotal role played by Egypt in reducing the crisis in Gaza and containing its humanitarian repercussions.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait PM held many ministerial posts

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah assigned Monday Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as Prime Minister.

His Highness the Amir, in an Amiri Order, assigned Sheikh Ahmad to form a government to submit the names of the ministers to appoint them.

Born in 1952, Sheikh Ahmad did his primary studies in Sharqiya School and High School in Lebanon. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration, Finance (Banking and Investment) from University of Illinois, US, in 1976 He worked at the Kuwait’s Finance Center until 1978 and then transferred to the Central Bank of Kuwait where he worked until 1987.

Sheikh Ahmad was chairman of the board for Burgan Bank from 1987 till 1998, and in July 1999 he was appointed as Minister of Finance and Minister of Communications.

On February 14 2001, he was appointed as Minister of Communications while on July 14 2003, he was appointed as Minister of Communications, Minister of Planning and Minister of State for Administrative Affairs.

Sheikh Ah
mad was assigned as Minister of Communications and Minister of Health on June 15 June 2005.

He was appointed Minister of Oil on February 9, 2009, and Minister of Oil and Minister of Information on May 29, 2009.

On September 20, 2021, the government approved a draft decree to appoint Sheikh Ahmad as head of the Diwan of His Highness the Crown Prince.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

GCC Secretary General Addresses the GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue Second Ministerial Meeting

Tashkent: Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohamed Al-Budaiwi said that the second ministerial meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Central Asia countries Strategic Dialogue, which is being held here today, aims to strengthen cooperation between the two parties.

The meeting, headed by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and President of the current session of the Ministerial Council Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Saidov, brought together foreign ministers of the GCC and Central Asian countries.

Al-Budaiwi thanked the leadership, government, and people of the Republic of Uzbekistan for their hospitality, and highlighted the reasons that make this meeting important and distinguished.

Among the reasons, he said, is the fact that it is the first to follow the summit hosted by the Kingdom in Jeddah in July 2023, which brought together the leaders of t
he GCC and Central Asia countries to establish the frameworks for future cooperation between the two sides, and that it will prepare for the second summit between these two regions, slated to take place in Samarkand next year.

Another reason, he said, is that it is being held amid unprecedented international political, economic, security, and social developments and uncertainty that require increased communication and coordination to solve issues and deal with any repercussions that may ensue and affect all parties.

Al-Budaiwi said that the GCC General Secretariat held the first ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council and Central Asia countries in September 2022. The meeting, he added, issued a joint statement affirming the commitment of the participating parties to establish a strong and ambitious partnership based on shared values, interests, and historical ties.

Participants exchanged views on regional and international issues, emphasized the need to coordinate
their positions and address common priorities, and approved the cooperation action plan for 2023-2027, a plan that envisages strengthening cooperation in the political, economic, trade, and investment field, as well as in the education, health, culture, media, youth, and sports.

He said meetings held by the General Secretariat to decide how to implement the outcomes of the first strategic dialogue of the GCC and Central Asia countries included the first meeting on economy, trade, and investment, the first meeting on culture and media, the first meeting on health, and the first meeting on youth and sports.

Al-Budaiwi also stressed the need to consult on political, regional, and international issues and on matters related to trade, investment, culture, education, scientific and technical research, environment, and health, to find common visions on these issues.

He said that the GCC partnership with the countries of Central Asia works to ensure mutual success, enhance communication between peoples, open marke
ts and boost economic activities, work to save energy, and strengthen the digital economy.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Japan resumes funding UNRWA

Japan has resumed funding the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), completing the disbursement of about USD 35 million, the Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

The contribution will be spent to provide relief supplies for women and infants in Gaza and medical services in the West Bank, as well as other services, according to the ministry. Japan had suspended its funding to the UNRWA since January due to the alleged involvement of UNRWA staff in Hamas’s attack on Israel in October. However, on April 2, it decided to lift the suspension on funding to the UNRWA, saying the UN agency has been advancing governance improvement measures.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Qatari PM, Iranian FM tackles latest developments in region

Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman discussed on Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Hussein Amir-Abdollahian the latest developments in the region and ways to reduce tension and bring calm, in addition to the latest developments in Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories.

A statement by the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that this came during a telephone call conducted by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Iranian Foreign Minister.

The statement stated that the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed during the call the State of Qatar’s deep concern about developments in the situation in the region, calling on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint.

Abdulrahman stressed the need for joint action to reduce escalation in the region and resolve differences peacefully.

Abdulrahman also renewed the State of Qatar’s commitment to supporting all regional and international efforts aimed at achieving sec
urity and stability at the regional and international levels.

Iran carried out attack with drones and missiles on various targets inside the Israeli occupation in retaliation to the bombing of the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus at the beginning of this month.

Source: Kuwait News Agency