Egyptian, Syrian FMs meet on UNGA sidelines

Egyptian, Syrian FMs meet on UNGA sidelines
Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry meets with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad on the sidelines of the UNGA. (@MfaEgypt)
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Updated 25 September 2021

Egyptian, Syrian FMs meet on UNGA sidelines

Egyptian, Syrian FMs meet on UNGA sidelines
  • Mekdad stressed the importance of relations between the two countries
  • They discussed bilateral relations, regional issues of common interest, and ways to end the Syrian conflict 

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues of common interest, and ways to end the Syrian conflict. 

Mekdad stressed the importance of relations between the two countries — especially in light of the historical ties that unite them — and of mobilizing efforts to resolve the conflict while respecting Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

Egyptian MP Mustafa Bakri said: “This meeting reflects Egypt’s keenness on Syria, its security, stability and territorial integrity — a position that (Egyptian) President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi emphasized more than once as he demanded a halt to any interference in Syrian internal affairs.”

Bakri added: “The meeting also confirms that relations between the two countries are moving forward.”

Mekdad also met with his Jordanian and Somali counterparts, Ayman Safadi and Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, respectively.


Kuwait announces lifting of COVID-19 restrictions for double-jabbed

Kuwait announces lifting of COVID-19 restrictions for double-jabbed
Updated 46 min 43 sec ago

Kuwait announces lifting of COVID-19 restrictions for double-jabbed

Kuwait announces lifting of COVID-19 restrictions for double-jabbed
  • Social distancing restrictions will be scrapped at mosques as of Friday
  • Kuwait International Airport will operate at full capacity as of Sunday

LONDON: Kuwait has lifted COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated people, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday.

People will be able to hold conferences, social gatherings and weddings from Sunday, Kuwait News Agency reported.

Face masks will not be required outdoors but people will still have to wear them and socially distance whilst indoors.

Visas will also be issued to double-jabbed people wishing to enter Kuwait.

Kuwait International Airport will operate at full capacity as of Sunday.

Social distancing restrictions will be scrapped at mosques as of Friday.


Arab coalition says more than 80 Houthis killed near Yemen’s Marib

Arab coalition says more than 80 Houthis killed near Yemen’s Marib
Updated 20 October 2021

Arab coalition says more than 80 Houthis killed near Yemen’s Marib

Arab coalition says more than 80 Houthis killed near Yemen’s Marib
  • Arab coalition says airstrikes hit 26 Houthi targets, also destroying 11 military vehicles

RIYADH: The Arab coalition in Yemen said on Wednesday it carried out 26 attacks targeting “mechanisms and elements” of the Houthi militia in two districts near the strategic city of Marib in the last 24 hours.
The coalition said more than 82 Houthi militants have been killed and 11 military vehicles were destroyed in the military operations in Al-Jawba and Al-Kassara.
The coalition added in a statement that it will continue to provide support to the Yemeni National Army to protect civilians from Houthi violations.
This is the tenth consecutive day that the coalition has announced strikes around Marib, reporting a total of around 1,300 Houthi fatalities.
Most of the previously announced strikes were in Abedia, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Marib — the internationally recognized government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen.
Al-Jawba lies about 50 kilometers south of the city and Al-Kassara is about 30 kilometers northwest.
According to a government military official on Wednesday, the Houthis have made “small advances” in Al-Jawba amid clashes with loyalist troops.
The Houthis began a major push to seize Marib in February and have renewed their offensive since September after a lull.
(With AFP)


Egyptian, Sudanese armies launch first-of-their-kind joint exercises

Egyptian, Sudanese armies launch first-of-their-kind joint exercises
Updated 20 October 2021

Egyptian, Sudanese armies launch first-of-their-kind joint exercises

Egyptian, Sudanese armies launch first-of-their-kind joint exercises
  • The exercises will be held until Oct. 29 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base in Egypt
  • The training is part of plans by the Egyptian Armed Forces to exchange military experience with friendly countries

CAIRO: The Egyptian Armed Forces announced the launch of “Guardian of the South,” the first joint exercises with Sudan’s military to involve both countries’ border guards.

The exercises will be held until Oct. 29 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base in Egypt. The first phase includes lectures, practical exercises, and an exhibition of military equipment used recently to combat smuggling and infiltration operations at the border. 

The training is part of plans by the Egyptian Armed Forces to exchange military experience with friendly countries.

In parallel with this, Egyptian naval forces carried out separate exercises with their Greek, US and Spanish counterparts. 


Six loyalist fighters killed in Syria arms depot blast: monitor

Six loyalist fighters killed in Syria arms depot blast: monitor
Updated 20 October 2021

Six loyalist fighters killed in Syria arms depot blast: monitor

Six loyalist fighters killed in Syria arms depot blast: monitor
  • It was not initially known what caused the blast

BEIRUT: Six members of a pro-government militia were killed Wednesday in an arms depot blast in the central Syrian province of Hama, a war monitor reported.
Seven other members of the National Defense Forces militia were wounded in the blast, the cause of which remains largely unclear, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Kuwait’s emir launches process for amnesty pardoning dissidents

Kuwait’s emir launches process for amnesty pardoning dissidents
Updated 20 October 2021

Kuwait’s emir launches process for amnesty pardoning dissidents

Kuwait’s emir launches process for amnesty pardoning dissidents
  • This could potentially end a months-long standoff with opposition

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s ruling emir on Wednesday paved the way for an amnesty pardoning dissidents that has been a major condition of opposition lawmakers to end a months-long standoff with the appointed government that has paralyzed legislative work.
Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah tasked the parliament speaker, the prime minister and the head of the supreme judicial council to recommend the conditions and terms of the amnesty ahead of it being issued by decree, Sheikh Nawaf’s office said.