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Daily Archives: January 6, 2018

Al-Zayani, Bin Alawi ponder GCC experience

The visiting GCC Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani discussed on Saturday with the Omani official in charge of foreign affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi, means of boosting the Council role.

The Omani News Agency said in a brief report that the two sides reviewed the GCC march and the exerted efforts for boosting it.

Al-Zayani arrived in the sultanate earlier today on an official visit.

The GCC, founded in early 80s, groups Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. It was established for sake of boosting cooperation among the regional countries at various levels

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Trump says he would “absolutely” engage in talks with North Korea

During a weekend a meeting with key congressional leaders at Camp David, US President announced Saturday he would “absolutely” engage in phone conversations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump addressed reporters about his administration’s 2018 legislative agenda while at a retreat with Republican congressional leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and senior administration officials such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, among others.

Trump administration officials insisted there must be preconditions to talks with North Korea, but on Saturday, Trump suggested otherwise.

“Sure, I always believe in talking,” Trump said, when asked if he would speak on the phone with the North Korean leader.

“Absolutely, I would do that,” he added.

His comments come just days after US Ambassador to the United States Nikki Haley dismissed talks between North and South Korea and issued a stern warning to Pyongyang that the US would never accept its nuclear program.

Trump also renewed his pledge that a border wall will be built and Mexico will somehow pay for it.

The White House has reportedly requested USD 18 billion in border wall funding from Congress as part of a deal to provide protection to beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The wall’s going to happen or we’re not going to have DACA,” Trump said

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Arabs ponder alternative to Washington as mediator

Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abulgheit said on Saturday that the Arab foreign ministers discussed at today’s meeting in the Jordanian capital prospects of finding an alternative to the United States of America as mediator in the Middle East peace process.

The issue of finding a substitute for the American mediator in the peace process was raised during the meeting, he said, indicating that the Palestinian delegation stated that Washington practically abandoned its role in the process.

He was speaking at a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi following meeting of the six-member commission charged with following up on repercussions of the US president decision to recognize Jerusalem as “Israel’s capital.” The panel was formed during an extraordinary Arab ministerial meeting, held on December 9.

Trump has recently recognized Jerusalem as “Israel’s capital” and affirmed his desire to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

“The available option is adherence to the peace process and discussing role of the United States and the other stakeholders,” the Arab League chief said, alluding to France, Russia, China, Europe and the United Nations.

He affirmed that the conferees reached a consensus that the peace process would remain the Arabs’ strategic option, adding that the ministers during their next meeting, in end of January, would discuss holding an extraordinary Arab summit.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Germany, Turkey agree on restoring normal ties

Germany and Turkey agreed on Saturday to normalize relations between the two nations paving the way to close a chapter of one year and a half of jittery ties.

The accord to restore the normal relations came during a meeting that grouped German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his Turkish counterpart, Mevl?�t Cavusoglu, it was officially reported.

Minister Gabriel welcomed an invitation by his guest to visit Turkey, praising the historic bonds between Ankara and Berlin and lauding Turkish workers who had contributed to rebuilding Germany after World War II.

He added that the two sides attach great significance to restoring the regular relationship which turned sour due to Turkey’s detention of German citizens and Ankara’s charges that Germany hosted members of the outlawed group, the Workers Party of Kurdistan and followers of the exiled activist, Fethulah Gulen.

Both sides believe that problems can be resolved through dialogue, the Turkish foreign minister stated. However, he has acknowledged that the two sides disagree on Turkey’s accession into the European Union.

German-Turkish ties had dramatically strained since March 2016 after Turkish authorities detained German journalists and human rights activists.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Palestinian doctors in Turkey launch campaign against Israeli medicine

Palestinian doctors in Turkey have commenced a campaign aiming at boycotting Israeli medical products in Turkey.

The move was launched by a gathering of Palestinian doctors living in Turkey during a meeting held at the Turkish Medical Association in Istanbul, as the gathering’s chief Mohammad Abu Al-Sheikh gave a presentation in this regard.

Abu Al-Sheikh expounded on the volume of Israeli business in Turkey, and listed the names of Israeli pharmaceutical companies and medicine on sale at the Turkish market.

He also elaborated the steps to be taken by the Palestinian medical group to promote the anti-Israel campaign, and how to ensure that it would work out.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait underlines importance of preventative diplomacy at UNSC session

Kuwait on Friday stressed the importance of preventative diplomacy and boosting the Security Council’s role in the early prevention of conflicts and crises that may later threaten regional and global security.

In a speech at a Security Council session on the Middle East and Iran, Kuwait’s permanent UN envoy Mansour Al-Otaibi said he hopes ongoing public demonstrations in Iran do not take this route.

Kuwait urged the need to conform to UN charter principles, which call for respecting the sovereignty of nations and non-intervention in their internal affairs.

Al-Otaibi said that in recent years, many nations in the Middle East witnessed protests that began peacefully then turned violent, leaving behind huge human losses and destruction and outside intervention that threatened regional security and stability.

Some of these protests led to tragic situations the international community still suffers from. Kuwait hopes this does not happen to Iran or any other country, he said.

Iran is a neighbouring country to Kuwait, and both are bound by historic relations, said the ambassador.

Kuwait is committed to stable and warm relations with Iran based on good neighbourliness, mutual respect, shared interests and non-intervention in eachothers internal affairs, he said.

The security and stability of Iran is linked to the security and stability of the region as a whole, he said.

Kuwait hopes the situation there does not escalate to further violence and calls for self-restraint and rationale in handling protesters and responding to their needs.

Al-Otaibi also underlined the importance of freedom of expression and peaceful protest guaranteed by the Iranian constitution and in accordance with international law.

He also expressed Kuwait’s sorrow over the loss of civilians and security forces due to the protests in Iran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

KUWAITI EMIR SENDS CONGRATULATION TO OMAN’S SULTAN QABOOS OVER “GULF CUP” TITLE

congratulating him on the Omani team’s win of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup.

The Emir praised the sports achievement of the Omani national football team, and the high performance of the two teams, Oman and UAE, in the “Gulf 23” final game, held on Friday, at Kuwaiti Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.

Kuwait hosted the Gulf Cup Football tournament, from Dec 22-Jan 5.

The Gulf Cup of Nations or Arabian Gulf Cup, is an international association’s football tournament, originally for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, of the Persian Gulf.

It started in 1970 and is held on a biennial basis, rotating the host city every edition

Source: NAM News Network