Arab leaders pay tribute to late emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah

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A handout picture released by the press office of the Emir of Kuwait Diwan on October 1, 2020 shows Tunisia's President Kais Saied (L) meeting with Kuwait's new Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R) and offering condolences to the latter, while mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Kuwait City. (AFP)
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A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 1, 2020 shows Jordan's King Abdullah II (L) and his son Crown Prince Hussein (2nd-L) offering their condolences to the Kuwaiti royal family while mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, at the Emiri Terminal of Kuwait International Airport. (AFP)
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi offers condolences to Kuwait's new Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah on the death of late Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, October 1, 2020. (Kuwait News Agency/Reuters)
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A handout picture released by the press office of the Emir of Kuwait Diwan on October 1, 2020 shows Iraq's President Barham Saleh (L) meeting with Kuwait's new Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R) and offering condolences to the latter, at the Emiri Terminal of Kuwait International Airport. (AFP)
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Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Bin Taimour of Oman offers condolences to Kuwait's new Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah on the death of late Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, October 1, 2020. (Kuwait News Agency/Reuters)
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Updated 01 October 2020

Arab leaders pay tribute to late emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah

  • Leaders from Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman and Iraq flew to Kuwait to offer condolences to the Kuwaiti royal family

CAIRO: Arab leaders flew to Kuwait on Thursday to offer condolences to the family of the late Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who passed away this week aged 91.
The newly crowned emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the brother and successor of Sheikh Sabah, has received leaders from Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman and Iraq.
Jordan’s king Abdullah II and his son, Crown Prince Hussein, offered their condolences to the Kuwaiti royal family. The Jordanian king’s delegation also had senior officials, among them was the country’s prime minister, foreign minister and senate president.
The president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Iraqi President Barham Salih, and Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said were among those paying their respects.
El-Sisi and Sultan Haitham were received at the Emiri Terminal by Emir Sheikh Nawaf.
Saudi Arabia was represented by Mansour bin Mutib, an adviser to King Salman.
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad also offered his condolences.
Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, the UAE’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, minister of tolerance and coexistence also attended the funeral to pay their respects.
Sheikh Sabah was buried on Wednesday after his body was flown home from the United States, where he had been receiving treatment since July.


Turkey irked over joint declaration by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

Updated 23 October 2020

Turkey irked over joint declaration by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

  • The joint statement also asked Turkey to accept Cyprus’ invitation to enter negotiations for an agreement on maritime delimitations

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and numerous “provocations” that they maintain are threatening regional peace.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “fully rejected the declaration containing baseless accusations and allegations.”
During a trilateral regional summit on Wednesday in Nicosia, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions.
The joint statement also asked Turkey to accept Cyprus’ invitation to enter negotiations for an agreement on maritime delimitations. Greece and Cyprus have signed maritime border agreements with Egypt while dismissing a similar deal that Ankara signed with Libya’s Tripoli-based government as “legally invalid.”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the declaration attacked Ankara rather than supporting peace and stability in the region. It repeated Turkey’s position that cooperation could only take place with the inclusion of Turkish Cypriots in governing and sharing the resources of the ethnically divided island nation.
“We will continue with determination to protect our rights and the rights of Turkish Cypriots in the eastern Mediterranean,” the ministry statement said.
The trilateral summit took place amid high tensions between nominal NATO allies Greece and Turkey over maritime borders and energy rights.
In late summer, Turkey dispatched a research vessel escorted by warships to conduct seismic research in a part of the Mediterranean Sea that Greece claims as its territory, which prompted the Greek government to deploy its own warships.
Turkey pulled the research ship back to shore for several weeks for maintenance and to allow time for diplomacy but redeployed the Oruc Reis on a new energy exploration mission. A maritime announcement by Turkey says the Oruc Reis and two other ships would continue working in the area until Oct. 27.
Turkey also has had ships prospecting for oil and gas reserves in waters that Cyprus claims as its exclusive economic zone.