UAE leaders congratulate Grand Duke of Luxembourg on National Day

ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, sent similar messages to the Grand Duke Henri and Prime Minister Luc Frieden on the occasion.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Jordanian Foreign Minister Meets Vice President of German Parliament

Amman: Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met today with the Vice President of the German Parliament, Aydan Ozoguz.

During the meeting, they discussed urgent measures to stop the attacks on Gaza Strip, address the worsening humanitarian situation there, and explore opportunities to deepen cooperation between Jordan and Germany.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

HRH the Crown Prince Congratulates the Grand Duke of Luxembourg on National Day

Jeddah: His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has sent a cable of congratulations to Henri Grand Duke of Luxembourg on his country’s National Day.

The Crown Prince wished the grand duke continued good health and happiness and the government and people of Luxembourg steady progress and prosperity.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Philippine Pres. stresses peaceful dispute settlement

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Sunday that his country does not seek war since it is in favour of peaceful resolution.

Marcos made the statement amid growing naval tensions between his country and China.

He added that his country will not be intimidated by anyone after a violent clash between the country’s navy and the Chinese coast guard in the South China Sea.

This speech came during his visit to the headquarters of the Philippines’ South China Sea forces on Palawan Island, emphasizing that Manila would not yield to any foreign power.

President Marcos urged Filipino sailors to continue to fulfill duty of defending the nation, pledging to continue exercising freedoms and rights in support of national interests, in accordance with international law.

The Philippine military reported that China’s coast guard, armed with knives and spears, “deliberately punctured” Philippine boats, severely injuring a Filipino sailor in the clash.

The South China Sea, a vital route for over USD three trilli
on (Ă‚pound 2.8 trillion) in annual shipborne commerce, is contested by Beijing and several Southeast Asian states.

In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague stated that China’s claims have no legal basis, a decision that Beijing rejects.

Source: Kuwait News Agency


Caretaker Information Minister Ziad al-Makary issued a statement this evening, commenting on the news article published by “The Telegraph” news daily, in which he said: “Once again, we find ourselves faced with news that has nothing to do with credibility, and whose purpose is to raise tensions in the atmosphere…”

Al-Makary referred to the recent article published by the British newspaper, The Telegraph, in which it stated that “Hezbollah is storing missiles and explosives at Lebanon’s main airport, according to whistleblowers.’

“Out of concern for the security of the country and the safety of Lebanese citizens, residents, and expatriates, Arabs, and foreigners, and based on the fact that the article contradicts the principles and ethics of journalism, and because its goals are not innocent, we address all media outlets in the hope that they will not be satisfied with denouncing the article but rather aim to expose the goals behind its publication in this particular circumstance,” al-Makary added.

“We en
courage all media outlets to respond to the invitation of the Caretaker Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ali Hamieh, to come to Beirut Airport at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow to have a first-hand verification of the false allegations included in the Telegraph newspaper article,” the Minister went on, expressing regret that the newspaper would have such a slip at the professional level, deeming it an “unacceptable investment in the crisis.”

Source:National News Agency – Lebanon


In an issued statement on Sunday, the IATA responded to the recent article published by the British newspaper, “The Telegraph”, stating the following:

“It has come to our attention that The Telegraph in the UK, in an article published on June 23rd titled “Hezbollah Stores Missiles and Explosives at Lebanon’s Main Airport,” included a quote attributed to an “unnamed IATA source.”

This quote is completely false and misattributed. IATA has not made and will not make any comments on the situation at Beirut airport.

We have no involvement in the political or security situation in Lebanon and would never comment on such matters.

IATA alerted the Telegraph to the error and the newspaper has since updated the article, removing IATA’s name.”

Source:National News Agency – Lebanon