Kuwait Deputy FM, UN official discuss world food security issues

Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi received on Sunday the United Nations Coordinator for Black Sea Grain Initiative Abdullah Dashti on his official visit to Kuwait.

The two figures tackled matters pertaining to global food security and the importance of maintaining stability in such sector.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Strategic Studies, International Relations Experts Say HH the Amir’s Visit to Uzbekistan Opens New Chapter in Arab, Central Asian Relations

Two experts in Strategic Studies and International Relations affirmed that HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan as part of his Central Asian tour opens a new chapter in Arab and Central Asian relations and paves the way for a transitional phase in bilateral cooperation.

The two experts said, in remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), that the State of Qatar’s approach to strengthening cooperation with Central Asian countries will benefit both sides, given both parties’ enormous potential.

Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center in the Republic of Uzbekistan Eldor Tulyakov described HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit to his country as an important and strategic milestone bringing a quantum leap in the cooperation between Qatar and Uzbekistan.

Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center, a center established in 2017 by a decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, pointed out that there is a strategic direction in Uzbekistan to strengthen its relations with the Arab world, including the State of Qatar because of the common denominators it shares.

HH the Amir’s visit to Uzbekistan is of great importance to both countries as it would open the way for a comprehensive strategic dialogue on strengthening cooperation in economy, trade, energy, transport, culture, and other vital sectors, he highlighted.

Uzbekistan believes that the cooperation relationship with the State of Qatar is very important due to several reasons. This includes Qatar’s international reputation, its extensive experience gained in the construction and infrastructure fields, and its comprehensive development process, mostly noted during its hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, he said.

Uzbekistan has a strategic vision for development and wants to benefit from the Qatari experience on how to overcome challenges on its journey toward comprehensive development, he added.

Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center, that provides consultations and studies to the Uzbek government, pointed out that the areas of cooperation with the State of Qatar have different dimensions.

He stressed that the talks that will be held between HH the Amir and HE President of the Republic of Uzbekistan will give a strong momentum to enhance cooperation, activate the agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs), and conclude new agreements in all sectors and fields of interest to the two countries.

The Development Strategy Center reaffirms that strengthening cooperation between Uzbekistan and Qatar is vital, calling for both countries to take advantage of the enormous potential they enjoy to achieve many economic benefits by launching Qatari investment projects in Uzbekistan and benefiting from the incentives provided by the Uzbek government.

Concluding his statement, Eldor Tulyakov said that the trade exchange figures between Uzbekistan and Qatar will increase after HH the Amir’s visit thanks to the resolve of the leaderships of the two countries, who realize that the distinguished political relations must be translated into reality through joint cooperation in all fields.

For his part, International Relations expert Dr. Ahmed Muhammad Ghaith Al Kuwari said that HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit to Uzbekistan as part of his Central Asian tour establishes a new phase of relations to serve the two friendly countries and peoples.

He explained, in a statement to QNA, that the State of Qatar and Uzbekistan have shown, in recent years, their determination to move forward in developing their relations at various levels. This is evident in the opening of the Qatari embassy in the capital, Tashkent, a few weeks ago, in conjunction with the third round of political consultations between Qatar and Uzbekistan.

Dr. Al Kuwari believed that building bridges of communication between Qatar and Uzbekistan and establishing commercial, agricultural, and industrial partnerships serves Qatar National Vision 2030 to achieve sustainable development that guarantees a decent life for its people, as well as coming generations.

He referred to the investment opportunities enjoyed by the Central Asian countries, their political stability, and their aspiration to form partnerships with the State of Qatar, expressing the importance of involving Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatari businessmen in investing in these countries.

Many historical and civilizational common denominators unite the State of Qatar and Central Asian countries, he said. Qatar’s wise leadership is taking deliberate steps to achieve the required balance in its relations and investment in these denominators to serve common interests, he added.

The countries see the State of Qatar as a reliable partner in light of its international presence, effective diplomacy, strong economy, and role in energy security, which stimulates the acceleration of cooperation and partnership at various levels that serve common interests.

Dr. Al Kuwari concluded his statement to QNA by saying that Qatar is confident that HH the Amir’s visit will give bilateral relations a strong impetus and establish a new phase of cooperation and partnership.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Leaders of Islamic Institutions in Uzbekistan to QNA: Qatar Plays Pioneering Role in Islamic World

Leaders of Islamic institutions and centers in Uzbekistan commended the pioneering role played by the State of Qatar in spreading the principles of the tolerant Islamic religion in the world, and providing various types of support and assistance to Islamic countries in normal circumstances or times of crisis.

Deputy Chairperson of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan Dr. Uygun Gafurov said that the State of Qatar has become a role model for the developed Islamic countries, which have kept pace with renaissance and modernity, while preserving their traditions and customs derived from the principles of the Islamic region.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Dr. Gafurov said that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was an opportunity for Qatar to appear as a developed and advanced country, adding that Qatar has presented to the world an unprecedented edition of the World Cup – at the same time, which contributed to spreading the principles of Islam, and promoting Islam’s tolerance to the world.

Qatar is also a pioneer in the field of dialogue among civilizations and dialogue between religions, especially after having launched multiple editions of the Conference of Inter-faith Dialogue over the past years, which granted the country a prominent role in this field, at the regional and global level, he added.

Deputy Head of the Muslim Administration of Uzbekistan described the visit of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Uzbekistan as an important step to enhance the rapprochement between the two countries, by engaging in an Islamic-Islamic cooperation, which will not only benefit the two countries, but the entire Islamic world.

He emphasized the importance of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Qatar in the field of Islamic sciences and modern knowledge, which serve the Muslim world, especially since the State of Qatar is one of the advanced countries in the field of education and research. Uzbekistan is also one of the countries that is interested in Islamic sciences and their development, based on its long history in this field, he added.

For his part, Director of the Center of Islamic Civilization in Uzbekistan Shaazim Minovarov said that Uzbek people welcome the visit of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, noting that they also appreciate the noble and courageous stances that the State of Qatar has always taken in support of the Islamic world.

In addition to strengthening bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Qatar, the visit of His Highness to Uzbekistan will also contribute to strengthening fraternal ties between two Islamic countries, as well as bringing about a quantum leap in cooperation between Islamic countries, he added.

Minovarov explained that, Uzbekistan, which has been the homeland of prominent scholars of the Islamic nation, such as Imam Bukhari, Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Sina, is proud of its similarity to the State of Qatar in terms of focusing on science, research and innovation in all fields, adding that the distinguished relations between the two countries will pave the way for more cooperation in the field of Islamic sciences and modern science.

He also stressed the importance of strengthening economic and trade ties between Qatar and Uzbekistan, as it would achieve mutual benefit for the two countries and the two peoples, thus contributing to the prosperity, progress and development of the Islamic nation in various fields, which is why it is important to hold discussions between the leaderships of the two countries, especially in the field of investment and trade.

Director of the Center of Islamic Civilization in Uzbekistan welcomed the cooperation with all Qatari authorities specialized in the field of research, science and Islamic studies, pointing out the memorandum of understanding signed by the center with Qatar National Library (QNL) in order to enhance cooperation in efforts to preserve and protect the documentary heritage, and to facilitate access to it, in addition to the exchange of publications, and lists of manuscripts in digital copies of manuscripts, which fall within the public domain on topics of mutual interest.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve registered in World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA)

Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Natural Reserve Development Authority (ITBA) has registered the reserve in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), one of the main steps toward accession to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Green List (IUCN).

According to ITBA, the registration was done in cooperation with the National Center for Wildlife (NCW), which is the national authority responsible for inventorying and registering reserves in the WDPA. This step contributes to the Kingdom’s appearing in specialized global databases and highlights national efforts, undertaken with the support of the Saudi leadership, to protect the environment and ensure its sustainability.

The authority said that its registration in the global database of protected areas reflects its commitment to achieving the goals of the “Saudi Green” initiative launched by HRH the Crown Prince in March 2021, specifically, raising the percentage of protected areas to 30% of the Kingdom’s area by 20230 from the current 16.2%.

WDPA, launched in 1981, represents the most comprehensive database of protected areas globally. It is a joint project between the UN Environment Program and IUCN, and is managed by the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre, in collaboration with governments, NGOs and academia. The database is updated monthly.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

US Nat’l Security Advisor meets UAE counterpart

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met on Friday evening at the White House with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan “to reiterate the enduring US-UAE strategic partnership and discuss a range of global and regional issues.” The White House said in a statement that Sullivan “welcomed the UAE?’s leadership in the run-up to the COP-28 Summit in the UAE and its commitment to becoming a global leader in clean energy technologies, including through the US-UAE Partnership for Accelerating Clean Energy (PACE).” Sullivan and Sheikh Tahnoon pledged “to intensify cooperation under the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII).” For his part, Sheikh Tahnoon praised the US?’ “strong security and defense partnership with the UAE.” Sullivan confirmed the US “commitment to deterring threats against the UAE and other US partners while also working diplomatically to de-escalate conflicts and reduce tensions in the region.” Sullivan and Sheikh Tahnoon also discussed “the importance of building trusted technology ecosystems and the potential for advanced technology to improve human welfare in the Middle East region and globally.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait affirms Palestinian’s right to return to their land

Kuwait affirmed that time will never strip the Palestinian people of the right to return to their land.

The remarks were made in a speech by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Ambassador Tariq Al-Bannai late Friday, during a meeting of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The Palestinians’ right to return comes in accordance with the international legislations, especially article 194 of the General Assembly and the Arab Peace Initiative, he said.

“While commemorating 75 years since the crisis, we remember with sorrow the crime against humanity the Palestinian people faced in 1948, when hundreds of thousands were forcefully displaced and were forced to stay away from their land and home for over seven decades, Al-Bannai noted.

Kuwait will continue to support the rights of Palestinians, said the ambassador, hailing the efforts of UNRWA workers to ease the suffering of about six million Palestinian refugees in different countries.

He announced Kuwait’s pledge of USD two million for UNRWA for 2023.

Source: Kuwait News Agency