Qatar emir to visit White House in July

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 10 June 2019
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Qatar emir to visit White House in July

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will host Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the White House next month, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

The two leaders will discuss "economic and security ties" and counterterrorism issues during the July 9 visit, the White House said, amid a US effort to build pressure on the Iranian regime.

Qatar has maintained cordial relations with Tehran even as other Arab states led by Saudi Arabia have cooperated with Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran.

Saudi Arabia and its allies the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have boycotted Qatar for two years, unhappy about Doha's insistence on maintaining its own approach to regional relations and links with Iran and terrorist organizations. Doha denies any such links.

Qatar is also slated to take part in the June 25-26 Bahrain conference on the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, where Washington hopes to raise financial pledges to support the Palestinian economy


New water project launches in Yemen

Updated 17 June 2019
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New water project launches in Yemen

  • The project will benefit more than 30,000 people
  • It will allow for water to be provided continuously over 24-hours

DUBAI: A new UAE-funded project to improve water production capacity was launched on Sunday in Yemen’s port city of Mocha, news agency WAM said on Monday.
The new project, by the UAE-run Emirates Red Crescent in Yemen, consists of two artesian wells connected to a generator and two storage tanks and will be connected to the main water distribution network.
The project will benefit more than 30,000 residents of Mocha and nearby areas. It will also allow water to be provided on a 24-hour basis, the Director-General of the city Sultan Abdullah Mahmoud said.