KANAAN BOUND FOR WASHINGTON TO PARTAKE IN IMF, WB ‘SPRING MEETINGS’


Chairman of the Finance and Budget Parliamentary Committee, MP Ibrahim Kanaan, has been invited by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to Washington, D.C., to participate in the ‘Spring Meetings’.

During his visit, Kanaan will hold meetings with officials involved in various Lebanese file.

A statement by MP Kanaan indicated that “the visit, which will last for several days, will include political and financial meetings. Kanaan will meet with the US administration at the White House, the US Department of State, the US Department of Treasury, and Congress, in addition to meetings with the Lebanese community.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Uzbek President Receives Saudi Foreign Minister


Tashkent: President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received here today Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah.

Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings and appreciation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to President Mirziyoyev, and their wishes of further progress and prosperity to the government and people of Uzbekistan.

The two officials discussed strengthening and expanding cooperation in all sectors, and current regional developments as well as efforts exerted to address them.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Turkiye, Qatar tackles developments in region


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed bilateral relations and the humanitarian situation in Gaza on Monday.

In a phone call, the leaders talked about Turkiye-Qatar ties, global and regional issues, Israel’s ongoing offensive on Gaza, and the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian enclave, according to a statement by the Turkish Communications Directorate.

The Turkish leader underlined the need for unity in the Islamic world to step up efforts toward stopping Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip and punish crimes against humanity it has committed throughout the ongoing offensive.

The Turkish president added that it was vital to restrain Israel as soon as possible and act with common sense to prevent tensions from spreading in the region.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

INTERIOR MINISTER CALLS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN NORTH LEBANON, AKKAR


Caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Judge Bassam Mawlawi, has issued a decree inviting the municipal electoral bodies in the districts of North Lebanon and Akkar to elect members of the municipal councils, determine the number of members for each, elect mayors and optional councils, and specify the number of mayors and members for each in the districts of North Lebanon and Akkar, on May 19, 2024.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Saudi and Chinese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza Developments on a Phone Call


Islamabad: Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah received a phone call today from Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi.

During the call, they discussed developments in the Gaza Strip, its surroundings, and the recent escalation in the region. They also discussed the importance of coordination and efforts not to aggravate the situation.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Egypt warns of risk of regional expansion of conflict


Egypt raised alarm Sunday about the risk of expanding military confrontations in the Middle East and called on Iran and Israel to maintain maximum restraint and avoid the brinkmanship policy that could further escalate regional tension and instability.

Egypt’s warning was conveyed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in three separate phone calls with his US, Iranian and Israeli counterparts.

In a press statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that Shoukry discussed with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken the developments in the region, the escalating tensions in recent weeks amid the Gaza crisis and its regional implications, which now present a significant threat to the region’s security and stability.

The ministers exchanged views and assessments regarding strategies to de-escalate tensions and spare the region the risks of expanding the conflict.

Minister Shoukry emphasized Egypt’s keenness on close coordination with the US to contain the current crisis between Iran and Israel, stressing Egypt’s u
nwavering commitment to exerting all efforts to halt the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid to alleviate the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe faced Palestinians in the strip.

He underscored that the widening scope of the conflict, as witnessed, will serve no party’s interests and will only bring further tension and instability to the region’s peoples.

The two ministers agreed to continue consultations and coordination between their respective countries to contain the ongoing tensions, promote de-escalation efforts, and defuse crises in the Middle East.

Earlier, Minister Shoukry phoned the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz.

He expressed Egypt’s deep concern due to the ongoing unprecedented military escalation between Iran and Israel, which threatens to spiral the situation out of control, jeopardize regional stability, and endanger the interests of its peoples.

During the separa
te calls, Minister Shoukry urged his Iranian and Israeli counterparts to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from policies of brinkmanship and mutual provocations that could further escalate tensions and instability in the Middle East.

He conveyed to his Iranian and Israeli counterparts Egypt’s readiness to intensify its efforts in collaboration with its partners to defuse the current crisis, which is taking on a dangerous escalatory trend, especially given the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip and the daily suffering of the Palestinian people, as well as the escalating tensions in multiple hotspots in the region.

Minister Shoukry also called for reinforcing rational discourse and enabling diplomatic endeavors aimed at preserving Middle East stability and ensuring the safety of the region’s populations.

He emphasized Egypt’s firm stance in calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid.

He also underscored Egypt’s rejection of any actions aimed at displacing Palestinians
from their lands, including military operations on the ground in the Palestinian city of Rafah.

Source: Kuwait News Agency