Council of Europe calls for human rights safeguard on migration co-operation with Tunisia

The Commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe Dunja Mijatovic Monday called on its member states to insist on clear human rights safeguards in any further migration co-operation with Tunisia.

Her statement came in relation to the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union and Tunisia on Sunday which foresees, among other things, closer co-operation on migration.

“The recently reported serious human rights violations against refugees and migrants in Tunisia only make the inclusion of such safeguards more pressing,” she stressed.

Mijatovic called on Council of Europe member states which are also EU member states to press for immediate clarification of the human rights safeguards that will be put in place and to insist that the migration-related aspects of the agreement are not further implemented until adequate safeguards have been established.

The 47-member Council of Europe based in the French city of Strasbourg is Europe’s top most human rights body.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi and Tunisia’s Secretary of State of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Mounir Ben Rjiba, following a meeting in Tunisia between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Tunisian President Kais Saied on Sunday.

The MoU, which provides financial support to Tunisia, aims to prevent people from reaching Europe, increase returns of Tunisians without permission to remain in Europe, and facilitate returns from Tunisia to third countries of people of other nationalities, it noted.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

KSA, Montenegro sign MOU in Islamic affairs

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh and Chairman of Islamic Chaplaincy, Grand Mufti of Montenegro Rifat Vesic signed today in Podgorica a memorandum of understanding in Islamic affairs. The signing ceremony was attended by the Kingdom’s ambassador to Albania, non-resident in Montenegro, Faisal bin Ghazi Hefzi, and several senior officials at the ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, and the Islamic Chaplaincy.

Under the MOU, the two sides will cooperate in introducing Islam, explaining its virtues, tolerance, and position on contemporary issues through the exchange of research, books and scientific publications in various languages, and hold scientific seminars and joint training courses to qualify personnel in Islamic affairs.

Dr. Al Al-Sheikh stressed that the memorandum reflects the strong relations between the two countries and serious desire to cooperate to preserve the Islamic identity and entrench values that stem from the message of Islam, such as coexistence and tolerance, adding that the MOU will be a cornerstone in achieving the directives of the Saudi leadership, which urges the dissemination of these values and rejects extremism and all manifestations of terrorism.

He said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and HRH the Crown Prince, builds bridges of communication with the world and seeks to serve Muslims achieve dignity and pride, and teaches coexistence, adding that the agreement will work in the interest of both countries.

Vesic praised the Kingdom’s efforts to serve humanity, and Muslims in particular, pointing out that the MOU is an important event that will serve Muslims in this country, which constitutes nearly a quarter of the population.

Vesic stressed that the MOU will contribute to the education of imams and preachers, who will benefit from the Kingdom’s experience and expertise in Islamic work, teach moderation and tolerance, and help confront extremism

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Arabia signs 26 MoUs with Japan

Saudi Arabia and Japan signed on Sunday 26 Memo of Understanding (MoUs) and investment agreements between the two sides.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the signing ceremony took place during a roundtable meeting, which was attended by the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, and the Saudi Minister of Investment Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, in addition to representatives of the Japanese government and over 44 leading Japanese companies.

The signed MoUs and investment agreements covered many priority sectors, including healthcare, entertainment, culture, traditional energy, green energy, chemicals, manufacturing, machinery and equipment, financial activities, technology, agriculture, environment, and real estate.

The meeting reviewed and studied opportunities to enhance investment partnerships between the two countries in a wide range of sectors, including clean energy, clean chemicals, mining, healthcare, and digital technologies.

The Saudi Minister emphasized that the strategic relations between the Kingdom and Japan are of vital importance, not only to the region but also on a global scale.

Al-Falih indicated that the meeting between Saudi Arabia Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of Japan during his visit to the Kingdom represents an important turning point that confirms a new era of development and growth for these relations.

Moreover, the minister considered the roundtable meeting a unique opportunity to review and discuss mutual investment opportunities and strengthen the close relationship between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Japanese Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the attendees and participants in the roundtable meeting, adding that it will work to expand and develop economic relations between the two countries.

Japanese Prime Minister also affirmed that Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner for Japan in energy security and expressed his happiness for the diversity of this partnership in several areas under the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030, which was agreed upon during the visit of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince to Japan in 2016.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Secretary-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bids Farewell to Greek Ambassador

HE Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi met on Monday with HE Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the State of Qatar Eleni Michalopoulou, on the occasion of the end of her tenure in the country.

HE the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended thanks to HE the Ambassador for her efforts in bolstering and enhancing the bilateral relations, wishing her success in her new duties.

Source: Qatar News Agency

OIC chief, Japanese PM discuss cooperation

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Hissein Taha discussed in Jeddah Sunday with the Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida furthering cooperation between the OIC and Japan in various areas and issues of common interest.

They also touched upon the situation in the Muslim world and issues on the OIC agenda notably the cause of Palestine, the fight against violent extremism and terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan, the Sahel region, and combating Islamophobia.

The OIC Secretary-General lauded the distinguished relations between the OIC and Japan and expressed his appreciation for Japan’s active role in building sustainable peace, dialogue among civilizations and development in the World.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Bahrain welcomes UK human rights report

Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani expressed his country’s thanks and appreciations to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for removing the Arabian Gulf Kingdom from its list of Human Rights Priority Countries.

This came in a phone call on Saturday with UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly, the Bahraini News Agency (BNA) reported.

Al-Zayani noted that the removal of Bahrain from list of Human Rights Priority Countries reflects the kingdom’s important human rights achievements, led by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, with the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

He commanded the ongoing cooperation between the Bahraini-UK governments in the fields related to the developments of human rights in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He stressed the ministry’s firm commitment to reinforcing joint political cooperation and coordination with the British Foreign Office and supporting common efforts to strengthen longstanding relations towards serving mutual interests.

Cleverly hailed Bahrain’s human rights achievements which reflects the wise national efforts in Bahrain, wishing the Kingdom further progress and prosperity, the BNA reported.

Source: Kuwait News Agency