Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner

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Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner speaks during a press briefing at the White House as National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien listens on August 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. (File/AFP)
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Palestinian Muslim worshippers gather at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on the first day of Eid al-Adha on July 31, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 18 August 2020

Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner

  • Israel said Jordan’s King Abdullah II will continue to be the custodian of the mosque
  • Kushner said Trump’s Vision for Peace was aimed to achieve a two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

DUBAI: Tensions between Israel and the Muslim world will be reduced following the opening of Al-Aqsa mosque to all Muslims, state news agency WAM reported citing Senior Advisor to US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, on Monday.
"Israelis are very excited that they can get cheaper flights now by flying through Dubai, and I know a lot of Muslims are excited that they can now fly through Dubai to Tel Aviv to go and visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said.
Israel said Jordan’s King Abdullah II will continue to be the custodian of the mosque, he added.
Kushner also said Muslims are free to come and pray at the mosque peacefully, as part of the UAE-Israel agreement, adding that more people throughout the world will notice that the mosque is not under attack.
"Obviously, this historic breakthrough, this is the first peace agreement in the region in 26 years, and only the third in the last 70 years with Israel. And so, I do think it gives a lot of people great optimism that the Middle East doesn’t have to be stuck in conflicts of the past," he said.
Kushner further said that US President Donald Trump’s Vision for Peace proposed in January was aimed to achieve a two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict.
"He (president Trump) got Israel to agree to negotiate on the basis of the President’s vision, agree to the map, and agree to move forward on a Palestinian state. This was a major breakthrough," he said.
The peace deal will also impact the economies of both countries, the UAE and Israel, he added.


UAE records 1,251 new coronavirus cases

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UAE records 1,251 new coronavirus cases

  • The total number of cases in the UAE since the pandemic began had reached 167,753, with the death toll now at 570

DUBAI: The UAE on Sunday recorded one death and 1,251 new coronavirus cases.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention said that the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 167,753, with the death toll now at 570.

The ministry added that 736 people had recovered over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 154,185.

On Saturday, Abu Dhabi Ports said that it would store and distribute 70 million coronavirus vaccines to continue to play “a vital role in the global fight against COVID-19, using its enhanced logistics capabilities.”

The vaccines will be stored at Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, and is part of the Hope Consortium initiative launched by Abu Dhabi last month that “aims to serve as a logistics platform to coordinate and facilitate the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world.”

Jamal Mohammed Alkaabi, undersecretary of Abu Dhabi’a Department of Health, said that the emirates “continues to play a vital role within the global effort to discover a vaccine for COVID-19. And as part of those efforts, we are providing logistical capabilities that will position the UAE as a distinguished local, regional, and global distribution hub.”

Meanwhile, Robert Sutton, head of Logistics Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Abu Dhabi Ports’ ability in expanding capacity to receive and store clinical, pharmaceutical and life science materials at moderate and extreme temperature ranges is a testament to our commitment to offer world-class logistics solutions.

“Our Department of Health-licensed facility fully integrates the movement of cargo with state-of-the-art temperature, humidity, and refrigeration-controlled technology. Abu Dhabi Ports, through our highly advanced infrastructure and multimodal connectivity, is ready and able to meet the challenges of distributing sensitive pharmaceuticals quickly across the supply chain,” he said.

Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 231 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 142,426. The death toll reached 878 after three new fatalities were registered.

Oman’s Health Ministry said that its total number of cases had reached 123,484 and the death toll was 1,418.

In Bahrain, one death was reported, bringing the toll to 338, while 150 new infected cases were confirmed.