Romanian PM to visit Oman, Qatar to strengthen trade ties

New Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila in the parliament in Bucharest on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Romanian PM to visit Oman, Qatar to strengthen trade ties

  • Dancila’s office announced Wednesday that she will first open a Romanian embassy and a consular office in Oman during her Nov. 3-8 visit to the region
  • She will then travel to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where she will meet senior officials

BUCHAREST: The office of Romania’s prime minister says the leader will visit the Gulf states of Oman and Qatar as part of a government initiative to strengthen ties between the East European nation and countries in the Middle East.
Premier Viorica Dancila’s office announced Wednesday that she will first open a Romanian embassy and a consular office in Oman during her Nov. 3-8 visit to the region. She will then travel to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where she will meet senior officials.
Romania and Qatar established diplomatic relations in 1990, a year after the collapse of communism.
A statement from her office said the purpose of her visit was to strengthen diplomatic and commercial ties.
Earlier this month, Dancila visited Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief says blast kills 5 foreign demining experts in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief says blast kills 5 foreign demining experts in Yemen

SANAA: A Saudi demining group says five of its international experts have been killed by an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed.
The MASAM Demining Project said Monday that two South Africans, a Croatian, a Bosnian and a Kosovar were killed a day earlier while transporting the material in the central Marib province to a remote location where it could be safely detonated. It says a British national was wounded.
The project, part of the Saudi King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), began last year and seeks to remove unexploded ordnance from Yemen.
MASAM says the experts “lost their lives while attempting to bring safety and security to the Yemeni people, and their service to mankind will not be forgotten.”


This comes as Yemeni security officials say UN envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, on an unannounced visit to discuss the “complex situation” in and around the coastal city of Hodeidah, where Yemen’s warring parties agreed to a cease-fire last month and agreed on a prisoner exchange that has yet to take place.
Also under discussion from Monday will be disagreements between the Houthi militia, who hold Hodeidah, and Retired Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, who is heading a UN mission charged with monitoring the cease-fire.
The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of Sanaa by the Iranian-backed terrorist group. An Arab coalition allied with the internationally recognized government has been fighting the Houthis since 2015.
The officials spoke anonymously as they weren’t authorized to brief journalists.
Meanwhile, the coordination cell at the Advanced Operations Center in Hodeidah identified 688 violations committed by the Houthi militia since the cease-fire took effect on Dec. 18.
A cell report published by the Yemeni News Agency said that these violations committed by the Houthis led to the killing of 48 citizens and 362 others wounded, some with serious injuries.
A military source in the committee pointed out that the Houthi violations continue with various types of weapons, which target civilian houses, public places and army positions.
The source stressed that the militia continues to strengthen its defensive positions by planting mines and digging trenches and land passages at the entrances to the city and the main sites.
The source pointed out that the Iran-backed militia aims to provoke the forces of the Yemeni National Army and the Arab coalition through these increasing violations, in a clear intent to thwart the Stockholm cease-fire agreement.
The source called on the office of the UN envoy to take the necessary and serious measures to pressure the Houthi militia to immediately stop these violations and abide by the UN-led agreement on Hodeidah.