Egypt flies aid to Jordan as talks focus on peace, trade

Egypt flies aid to Jordan as talks focus on peace, trade
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, left, is met by Jordan’s King Abdullah on his arrival in Amman. (Twitter/@RHCJO)
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Updated 19 January 2021

Egypt flies aid to Jordan as talks focus on peace, trade

Egypt flies aid to Jordan as talks focus on peace, trade
  • Military flight landed in Jordan before President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s arrival on Monday to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah for talks on a range of regional issues
  • Both leaders discussed enhancing bilateral relations in trade, development, investment, security cooperation and exchange of information

CAIRO: Egypt sent a military aircraft loaded with medical aid to Jordan ahead of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s official visit to Amman.

The medicines and medical supplies will help the country in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The military flight landed in Jordan before El-Sisi’s arrival on Monday to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah for talks on a range of regional issues.

Senior ministers and officials from both sides were joined by Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah for discussions on ways to strengthen bilateral relations and “the latest developments in the regional and Arab arena, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue,” the state-run news agency Petra reported.

King Abdullah affirmed Jordan’s “clear and firm stance” on Palestine and called for a just and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution guaranteeing the establishment of an independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Both leaders discussed enhancing bilateral relations in trade, development, investment, security cooperation and exchange of information.

Talks also focused on eliminating the threat of terrorism and extremism in order to ensure stability, maintain territorial integrity and encourage prosperity.

During their meeting, the two leaders also “discussed mechanisms to expand tripartite Jordanian-Egyptian-Iraqi cooperation, and their aspiration to continue building on what has been accomplished in the previous three summits.”

Regarding the latest efforts to revive the Palestinian peace process, El-Sisi said that Egypt will continue its support for the Palestinian cause “since it is one of the fundamentals of Egyptian policy.”

King Abdullah said that he appreciated Egypt’s “relentless efforts in supporting the Palestinian cause, which is an extension of its historical role.”

He added that these are in line with Egypt’s efforts to promote stability, and improve living conditions and economic security in the Gaza Strip.

The monarch praised efforts aimed at advancing the reconciliation process and encouraging political consensus between all Palestinian factions.


Pope says will make Iraq trip despite rocket attack

Pope says will make Iraq trip despite rocket attack
Updated 43 min 55 sec ago

Pope says will make Iraq trip despite rocket attack

Pope says will make Iraq trip despite rocket attack

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis said Wednesday he still expected to make his historic visit to Iraq in two days time, after a rocket attack on a military base hosting US-led coalition troops.
"The day after tomorrow, God willing, I will go to Iraq for a three-day pilgrimage. For a long time I have wanted to meet these people who have suffered so much," the 84-year-old Francis said in his weekly Wednesday address.
The Argentine pontiff asked for prayers for the trip, the first ever by a pope to Iraq, through which he hopes to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland while broadening his outreach to Islam.
"I ask you to accompany this apostolic journey with your prayers so that it may take place in the best possible way and bear the hoped-for fruits," the pope said.
He added: "The Iraqi people are waiting for us, they were waiting for Saint John Paul II, who was forbidden to go. One cannot disappoint a people for the second time. Let us pray that this journey will be successful."
At least 10 rockets slammed into a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops earlier on Wednesday, security sources said, leaving one civilian contractor dead.
The attack on the sprawling Ain al-Assad base in Iraq's western desert comes after several weeks of escalating US-Iran tensions on Iraqi soil.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for Francis said the pope would be travelling by armoured vehicle and that he would not be meeting crowds.
"This is a particular situation, that's why the transports will all be in a closed vehicle, meaning it will be complicated to see the pope on the streets," spokesman Matteo Brunei said.
"There will be a number of meetings but none will be more than a few hundred people," he said.


New government takes oath before Kuwait emir

New government takes oath before Kuwait emir
Updated 43 min ago

New government takes oath before Kuwait emir

New government takes oath before Kuwait emir

DUBAI: Kuwait Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah called on the executive and legislative authorities in his country to cooperate as a new government took oath before him, according to state-run news agency KUNA. 

Sheikh Nawaf received at his Bayan Palace the prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to swear-in as head of cabinet.
Ministers of the new government were also sworn in.

The previous government had resigned in January.
Oil Minister Mohammad Abdulatif Al-Fares, Finance Minister Khalifa Hamade and Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah were reappointed in the new cabinet.

 


COVID-19: UAE soon one of first countries to vaccinate most of population

COVID-19: UAE soon one of first countries to vaccinate most of population
Updated 03 March 2021

COVID-19: UAE soon one of first countries to vaccinate most of population

COVID-19: UAE soon one of first countries to vaccinate most of population
  • The UAE has been ranked as one of the top countries in coronavirus jabs by Our World in Data
  • It has also approved four coronavirus vaccines

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will soon be one of the first countries in the world to vaccinate most of its population against coronavirus, TV channel Al-Arabiya reported.
“With the dedicated effort of the UAE government to combat the pandemic – for which we are truly thankful for, and the willingness of the general public to support the programs led by the government, UAE may soon be the first country to vaccinate its entire population and hence, reach herd immunity,” specialist in emergency medicine at Bareen International Hospital Fouad Al-Rahal told Al-Arabiya English.
The UAE has been ranked as one of the top countries in coronavirus jabs by Our World in Data, a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oxford and the non-profit Global Change Data Lab.
According to Our World in Data, UAE has administered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60 percent of its population.
The Gulf state’s National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority reported that over six million vaccine doses have been administered across the seven emirates, with a rate of 60.82 doses per 100 people.
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The UAE has approved four coronavirus vaccines, the Chinese Sinopharm, US-German Pfizer-BioNTech, UK-Swedish Oxford-AstraZeneca and Russian Sputnik V.


Multiple rockets land at Iraq’s Al-Asad air base that hosts US, coalition forces

Multiple rockets land at Iraq’s Al-Asad air base that hosts US, coalition forces
Updated 03 March 2021

Multiple rockets land at Iraq’s Al-Asad air base that hosts US, coalition forces

Multiple rockets land at Iraq’s Al-Asad air base that hosts US, coalition forces

BAGHDAD: A civilian contractor with the US-led coalition in Iraq died of a heart attack during a rocket attack on a western base on Wednesday, Iraqi and Western security sources said.

At least 10 rockets hit the sprawling Ain al-Assad air base in Anbar province , which hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces. The sources could not confirm the contractor's nationality. 
The attack took place at 7:20 am (0420 GMT), coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto was quoted by AFP as saying.

A Baghdad Operations Command official said earlier that multiple rockets were launched from a location about 8 kilometers from the base.

It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days ahead of Pope Francis’s historic visit to Iraq.

The Pope will visit despite deteriorating security in some parts of the country which has seen the first big suicide bombing in Baghdad for three years.

On Feb. 16 a rocket attack on US-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor and injured a US service member.

(with Reuters and AFP)


Ten people killed in plane crash in South Sudan

Ten people killed in plane crash in South Sudan
Updated 03 March 2021

Ten people killed in plane crash in South Sudan

Ten people killed in plane crash in South Sudan

JUBA: Ten people, including the two pilots, died when a plane crashed Tuesday at an airstrip in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, the region’s governor said.

“It was with great shock and horror to receive the news of the plane crash (HK-4274) of South Sudan Supreme Airline that happened today the 2nd day of March 2021 at around 5.05 PM at Pieri Airstrip,” Governor Denay Jock Chagor said in a statement sent to AFP Wednesday.

“Ten people including the two pilots lost their lives.”