Sameh Shoukry asks Omanis to invest in Egypt

Sameh Shoukry asks Omanis to invest in Egypt
Sameh Shoukry speaks at a press conference in Oman on Sunday. (@MfaEgypt)
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Updated 23 January 2022

Sameh Shoukry asks Omanis to invest in Egypt

Sameh Shoukry asks Omanis to invest in Egypt
  • Shoukry touched on the solidarity between the two countries
  • He inaugurated the headquarters of the Arab Specialized Eye, Nose, Throat and Dental Hospital on Saturday

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said in Muscat on Sunday, to discuss bilateral relations and taking advantage of the developmental and economic boom in Egypt. 

Ambassador Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the meeting dealt with the economic reform Egypt is witnessing, as well as its development boom. It also dealt with efforts to advance bilateral economic and trade relations, in addition to the most prominent Arab and regional issues, stressing Egypt’s firm position in supporting the security and stability of the Gulf states and the Arab region.

He added that Shoukry touched on the solidarity between the two countries, expressing his appreciation for what is provided to the Egyptian community in Oman, and the community’s role as a bridge of communication between Muscat and Cairo.

On Saturday, Shoukry inaugurated the headquarters of the Arab Specialized Eye, Nose, Throat and Dental Hospital, one of the joint Egyptian-Omani investment projects, in Muscat in the presence of a number of members of the Egyptian-Omani Joint Business Council.

He arrived in Muscat on Saturday to chair the Egyptian side participating in the fifteenth session of the joint committee between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Sultanate of Oman, held on Jan. 22-23. 

Shoukry, with his Omani counterpart Badr Al-Busaidi and the Omani Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion Qais Al-Yousef, called on the country’s private sector to strengthen and increase their presence in the Egyptian market, telling businesses to take advantage of the giant economic and development projects the Egyptian state is currently implementing, which provide many opportunities for investment in various fields.

The Egyptian foreign ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, said Shoukry praised the regularity of the business council’s meetings since its establishment in 2019, adding that this reflects the solid will of both sides to expand the fields and frameworks of cooperation between the two countries.

Shoukry commended the effective role played by the council in supporting efforts to increase the volume of joint investments, and in exploring the available cooperation opportunities in the areas in which the two sides enjoy a comparative advantage.

Meanwhile, the minister also expressed his hopes that Syria would be allowed to rejoin the Arab League.

The country was suspended from the Arab organization over its failure to end the bloodshed caused by government crackdowns on pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011.

“We hope that conditions will be available for Syria to return to the Arab domain and become an element supporting Arab national security,” Shoukry said.

“We will continue to communicate with Arab countries to achieve this, and we look forward to the Syrian government taking measures that facilitate Syria’s return to the Arab League,” the minister continued.


Turkish troops, Kurdish fighters exchange heavy shelling in Syria’s Kobani

Turkish troops, Kurdish fighters exchange heavy shelling in Syria’s Kobani
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Turkish troops, Kurdish fighters exchange heavy shelling in Syria’s Kobani

Turkish troops, Kurdish fighters exchange heavy shelling in Syria’s Kobani
  • Artillery fire hit within the town and around its edges, starting overnight and intensifying throughout the day
BEIRUT: Turkish troops and US-backed Kurdish fighters exchanged heavy shellfire on Tuesday in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, leaving one civilian dead as the conflict between the warring parties escalated.
The artillery fire hit within the town and around its edges, starting overnight and intensifying throughout the day, according to residents and the semi-autonomous local administration governing the town.
The administration said in an online statement that at least one child died due to the shelling and others were wounded.
Ankara sees the semi-autonomous system — spearheaded by Kurdish factions and governing swathes of northern and eastern Syria — as a national security threat on its border.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged a new incursion to create a 30-kilometer safe zone in northern Syria, swallowing up Kobani and other towns held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Kobani has been relatively calm since US-backed Kurdish fighters pushed back Daesh fighters from the town in 2015.
But shelling and drone attacks have been ramping up in many border towns. At least three Kurdish commanders were killed last month which the SDF blamed on Ankara.
Dilvin, a shopkeeper and married mother of one, said scenes of chaos broke out in Kobani when the shelling intensified on Tuesday.
“People started running everywhere, cars everywhere, people asking about their friends and their family. Then the sounds started to build, the sounds were everywhere,” she told Reuters by phone from Kobani.
“There was so much screaming. So much fear. Now everyone is locked up at home,” said Dilvin, who preferred to identify herself with just a first name for security reasons.

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes
Updated 16 August 2022

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes
  • 2 soldiers were wounded in last Friday’s clashes between army units and terrorists

DUBAI: Tunisia’s minister of defense, Imed Memmiche, visited two soldiers who were wounded in last Friday’s clashes between army units and terrorists in Mount Salloum in Kasserine. 
 
Memmiche went to the Tunis military hospital on Monday to commend the men for their ‘patriotism and sense of duty’, according to the Ministry of Defense’s statement released on state news agency TAP.


UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222

UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222
Updated 16 August 2022

UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222

UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222
  • The non-profit organization has donated to 22,517 projects so far this year

Dar Al Ber Society has spent over $56 million during the first half of 2022 on charitable and sustainable development projects that have benefitted 2.9 million people worldwide and in the UAE, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Monday. 

The non-profit organization has donated to 22,517 projects so far this year, according to WAM. 

More than $13.6 million were donated to a total of 8,901 projects in the first quarter of this year, while $14,128,257 were directed to 13,616 projects in the second quarter, the CEO and Managing Director of Dar Al Ber SocietyMuhammad Suhail Al-Muhairi said. 

Some of these humanitarian projects have been completed while others are underway, he added. 

The Dar Al Ber Society helped build 2,144 mosques – 904 in the first quarter and 1,240 in the second quarter. 

A total of 8,121 water-saving projects were also built with the help of the donations, Al-Muhairi said.

The organization helped set up 4,929 projects for families, as well as launch 5,285 medical projects, according to WAM. 

Dar Al Ber also implemented its seasonal projects in 37 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, in cooperation with 32 of its partners in the respective countries.

Represented by the Department of Zakat in the Projects and Zakat Sector, Dar Al Ber Society donated more than $11.6 million in local aid to 346,541 beneficiaries.


Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis
Updated 16 August 2022

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis
  • The meeting represented “positive and constructive dialogue that reflects the strength of bilateral relations”

DUBAI: Tunisia’s foreign minister discussed ways to rectify the democratic process in the country during a meeting with the chargée d'affaires at the US Embassy in Tunis on Monday. 
Othman Jerandi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, met with Natasha Franceschi, chargée d'affaires at the US Embassy, to step up consultations between the two countries, Tunisia’s state news agency TAP reported. 
The meeting represented “positive and constructive dialogue that reflects the strength of bilateral relations,” the Foreign Affairs Department said in a statement.
Upcoming bilateral events, such as the Joint Military Commission, were also discussed at the meeting, according to the same statement.
During the meeting, Jerandi welcomed the ties between the two countries, while Franceschi stressed the US’ keenness to develop partnerships with Tunisia in all sectors.
Franceschi also presented America’s initiative to host the US-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled for Dec. 13-15 in Washington.


Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three

Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three
Updated 16 August 2022

Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three

Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three
  • Similar police operations were also undertaken in Zarqa, northeast of Amman

DUBAI: Three people were arrested after Jordanian police on Monday raided a house in East Amman that was being used as a crystal meth laboratory.

The raid was carried out after agents of the anti-narcotics department received a tip off.

The officers did not find the suspect in his home, but discovered and subsequently seized chemicals used for manufacturing methamphetamine.

The man was arrested later during a follow-up operation, where he also said he had an accomplice who worked with him to produce and sell the narcotics.

In a similar effort in Jordan’s campaign to crack down on the illegal drug trade, police raided a chalet west of Al-Balqa and arrested a man found in possession of marijuana and as well as a firearm on suspicion after he tried to flee.

Similar police operations were also undertaken in Zarqa, northeast of Amman, where suspects have been arrested while in possession of illegal drugs and narcotics.