UAE leaders congratulate President of South Africa on re-election

ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his re-election as President of the Republic of South Africa for a second term.

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, also congratulated President Cyril Ramaphosa on his re-election.

Source: Emirates News Agency

GCC condemns continued Israeli aggression in Gaza Strip

GENEVA: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and expressed its support for the Palestinian people.

In a joint statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel, the GCC called for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, allowing the entry of humanitarian aid.

The council also rejected any justifications for the continued aggression against the Palestinian people.

The GCC expressed regret over the findings of the International Commission of Inquiry report and held Israel fully responsible in front of the international community.

Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Dr. Hend Abdalrahman Al-Muftah, speaking on behalf of the GCC, emphasised the Israeli occupation’s ongoing violations and attacks against innocent civilians, resulting in the deaths of 38,000 people in the Gaza St
rip. These actions were described as clear violations of international law and international humanitarian law.

Dr. Al-Muftah expressed disappointment that the committee’s report seems to equate the victim, the Palestinian people, with the perpetrator, the occupying power, which has been committing acts of genocide and violating the rights of Palestinians for over 75 years with disregard for international laws.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Kim, Putin ink strategic partnership treaty

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Wednesday a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty, including a mutual defense clause, as they met in Pyongyang, South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS reported.

The signing ceremony was held following a summit, in which Kim and Putin voiced continuing their military collaboration in Russia’s war against Ukraine, according to the report.

In a joint press statement following their summit, Kim said the two countries declared that they are upgrading their bilateral relations to an alliance, according to KBS.

Kim also said he is deeply content that the two great nations came to adopt a treaty befitting their relations in the new era just nine months after discussing such an agreement during his visit to Russia.

In his first trip to North Korea in 24 years, Putin said the accord would replace the “fundamental documents signed between the two countries in 1961, 2000 and 2001.” The revealed that the treaty includes a clause under which
their countries will support each other in the event one of them comes under attack.

According to Russia’s TASS and Interfax news agencies, Putin also explained that with what he termed the “drastic” deal with the North, Pyongyang-Moscow relations would reach a new level.

Putin added that Russia would not rule out advancing military and technical cooperation with the North, saying the two countries will engage in military cooperation in accordance with the new treaty. He then stressed that the two countries will not tolerate threats from other countries and will face what they called politically driven sanctions.

At the summit, Kim and Putin suggested continued military collaboration in Russia’s war against Ukraine.

“The government of the DPRK (North Korea) appreciates the role and mission the powerful Russian Federation serves in maintaining the world’s strategic stability and balance and express our full support for the Russian government’s special military operation in Ukraine to protect its sovereignt
y, interests and the stability of its territory,” Kim was quoted as saying at the summit. “We highly appreciate your consistent and unchanging support of the Russian policies, including in the Ukrainian direction, meaning our fight against the imperialist hegemonic policies of the US and its satellites against the Russian Federation,” Putin said.

Wednesday’s summit comes nine months after Kim and Putin held a summit in Russia’s Far East, which kick started the two sides’ military collaboration amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

South Korean Analysts said Moscow is providing technical assistance for North Korea’s military satellite program while Pyongyang, in return, provides ammunition, rockets and other military supplies for Russian troops attacking Ukraine, the report added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait reiterates calls for end to “aggressive” Gaza war

Kuwait on Wednesday urged the international community to step up efforts and put an end to what it called the “aggressive” war against the Gaza Strip, subsequently putting the Palestinians out of their misery.

Vowing to keep aid to the Palestinians intact, Kuwait’s permanent representative to the United Nations Nasser Al-Heyn told the UN Human Rights Council that Israeli occupation forces continue to wage a “destructive” war against the Palestinians, lamenting the silence of the international community.

He went on to say that the situation continues to exacerbate as a result of the impeded delivery of aid to the Palestinian enclave, calling or the immediate relief to be given to innocent civilians there.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

The Prime Minister renews the government’s support for the activities of volunteer teams


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani renewed the government’s support for the activities of volunteer teams, and appreciated their humanitarian and social work.

The Prime Minister’s media office stated: “Today, Al-Sudani met with a number of volunteer work activists, who presented influential humanitarian and charitable initiatives that left their mark on society and beneficiaries, from various groups and activities.”

Al-Sudani exchanged congratulations with the audience and praised the work performed by the volunteers, which included important humanitarian stories. He pointed out the importance of volunteer work and humanitarian service as a bond that strengthens the bonds of society, enhances individuals’ belief in the importance of social solidarity and spreads the spirit of assistance and mutual trust, which is ultimately reflected in stability and civil and social peace.

He stressed the government’s endeavor to support volunteer activities by launching the major volunteer campaign at the end of las
t year, approving a number of decisions in the Council of Ministers to support these activities, and directing all state ministries and institutions to provide assistance, response, and facilities to volunteers. This sponsorship culminated in the celebration of Iraqi Volunteer Day, in gratitude for these efforts and to highlight its positive results.

The Prime Minister directed to follow up on the outcomes of his previous directives regarding volunteers, and to use volunteer teams to monitor emergency situations through modern electronic applications in order to quickly respond to them, expressing his appreciation for their efforts in caring for vulnerable groups, families of martyrs, and families and individuals with special needs, stressing: ‘ The country has overcome the plight of ISIS thanks to solidarity and volunteer work, and volunteers sometimes arrive before the state to places of crisis.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Kuwait marks 63rd Independence Day

June 19 of 1961 is a pivotal day in the history of Kuwait as it marks the end of the British protection treaty and the emergence of the modern state.

On this day, Kuwait, a newly independent sovereign state, took its first steps in the journey of development.

The late Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem had signed the declaration of independence with the British Government Chief Political Resident in the Arabian Gulf Sir George Middleton.

Three years after the declaration, a decree was signed on May 18, 1964 merging the national day with the day in which Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem assumed office, making it February 25. Celebrations were held on that day as of 1965.

Since assuming office in 1950, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem took carefully measured steps paving the way for independence, and achieving stability.

The 15-year reign of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem, who was dubbed, “father of independence” and “father of constitution” was peppered with achievements.

The State of Kuwait became member in the Arab League on Jul
y 20, 1961.

Sheikh Abdullah signed decree on August 26, 1961 to hold elections of the Constituent Assembly, mandated with writing the constitution.

The 183-article comprehensive constitution was completed in nine months, it laid the foundations for a sturdy democratic regime putting the Kuwaiti people on a path of progress and prosperity.

On September 7, 1961, an Amiri decree was signed specifying the shape and colors of the Kuwaiti flag, the very first flag to be flown following the independence.

At that time, the State of Kuwait accomplished 43 laws and legislation, including the nationality law, monetary law, passports law and the organization of government departments.

New departments were established in order to cope with the development of the nation, like public works, health, publication, knowledge, municipality, post and telephone, electricity and water, social affairs, awqaf, radio and television.

Over the past 63 years, Kuwait had become reputable for its humanitarian contributions and its le
velheaded foreign policy.

Kuwait remains on a steady path of preventative diplomacy, crises mediation and effort contributing to solving outstanding regional and international issues.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

They signed a strategic partnership agreement.. Putin: Russia and North Korea will not accept the language of blackmail and dictates


Russian President, Vladimir Putin, announced today, Wednesday, following his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the signing of a strategic partnership agreement between the two countries, while stating that Russia and North Korea follow an independent foreign policy and will not accept the language of blackmail and dictates.

Putin explained in a speech after the discussions, ‘The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement, which the two countries signed with the participation of their delegations, stipulates the provision of mutual assistance in the event of aggression against either party to the agreement.’

He described the agreement as a real achievement document that will allow the two countries to raise cooperation to a new level, and also specified broad tasks and guidelines to deepen Russian-Korean relations in the long term, explaining that ‘this applies to the political, trade, investment, cultural and humanitarian fields, as well as the security field.’

The Russian President stre
ssed that “the development of military-technical cooperation with North Korea will take place in accordance with the treaty signed between the two countries.” He pointed to the statements of the United States and other NATO countries regarding the supply of high-precision long-range weapons systems, F-16 aircraft, and other similar weapons and equipment to strike Russian territory, which is a flagrant violation of international conventions that Western countries bear the responsibility to abide by.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Salihi announces receiving a complaint regarding the torture of a young man from Kirkuk by security services affiliated with the regional government


The Head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, MP Arshad Al-Salihi, confirmed receiving a complaint regarding the torture of a young man from Kirkuk by security services affiliated with the regional government, in the Taq Taq area.

Al-Salihi confirmed that the Supreme Judicial Council will issue arrest warrants against those involved in the incident.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Prime Minister’s Advisor: Holding early elections was not discussed in the political decision-making kitchens or in the meetings of the Coordination Framework or the State Administration Coalition


The political advisor to the Prime Minister, Fadi Al-Shammari, said that the statements that were circulated recently by the political forces about early elections were presented in the media and were not discussed in the kitchens of political decision-making or in the meetings of the Coordination Framework or the State Administration Coalition.

He added in a televised statement: The multiplicity of ideas and visions among the political forces is present at all times, and there is no “perfect consensus”.

He stressed that differences of opinion among the political forces are natural because the forces are of various orientations and moods and are not one case, including the framework forces.

He explained that a number of political forces, when forming the government, were primarily concerned with moving the country to stability, and there was no intention to hold early elections among a number of the Coordination Framework forces when forming the government.

He continued: Some of the Coordination Framework
forces saw, when forming the government, the necessity of restoring stability and people’s confidence in the regime.

He pointed out that setting the date for the elections is not done by a government initiative, but rather through the political forces and through parliament.

Al-Shammari stressed that The Commission needs 9 months as an operational procedure to hold any electoral entitlement, whether early or regular.

He pointed out that resorting to amending the electoral law may take from 4 to 6 months.

He explained that the Wisdom Movement and other parties in the Coordination Framework do not support holding early elections, and they are moving towards holding elections on time in 2025.

He stressed that the political forces have the right to say and propose whatever they want, taking into account the realistic and technical requirements of each issue.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency