Bahrain’s King Hamad calls for urgent aid for Gaza during Italy visit

Bahrain’s King Hamad calls for urgent aid for Gaza during Italy visit
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella during his visit to Rome. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 October 2023
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Bahrain’s King Hamad calls for urgent aid for Gaza during Italy visit

Bahrain’s King Hamad calls for urgent aid for Gaza during Italy visit
  • Bahrain’s King stressed on need to grant Palestinians their legitimate rights

ROME: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa has called for the opening of humanitarian corridors to deliver urgent aid for people in Gaza after Israel imposed a complete siege on the strip.

The king’s comments came during visit to Italy, where he discussed solutions to the Palestinian issue in a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Bahrain’s news agency BNA reported.

He called for the need to work towards military de-escalation in Gaza, the release of prisoners and the protection of “all civilians,” and reaffirmed Bahrain’s full support to efforts aimed at achieving regional peace and security.

Convoys of trucks loaded with aid have been stuck at the Rafah crossing border as Egypt and the US resume talks with Israel on a humanitarian aid plan.

Israel cut off water, electricity and food as it intensified air strikes on Gaza following Hamas’ attack. The Israeli strikes have killed more than 2,800 Palestinians and injured almost 10,000 people.

King Hamad highlighted the need to facilitate urgent medical aid, food, water and electricity to the besieged people of Gaza amid international agencies warning of a humanitarian crisis due to the blockade.

He reiterated Bahrain’s support for the two-state solution, which, he said, would be achieved by granting Palestinians their legitimate rights and “finding a just solution to the Palestinian cause” that guarantees the right of Palestinians to establish their own independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

King Hamad also met Pope Francis during his trip, where praised the pontiff’s support for stability, peace and protection of civilians, as well as his rejection of violence targeting civilians, according to BNA.




Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Pope Frances discussed the close ties between Bahrain and the Vatican. (BNA)

He also highlighted the importance of restoring stability in the region to attain development and prosperity goals for its peoples.


Hamas says US military aid to Israel ‘green light’ for Gaza ‘aggression’

Hamas says US military aid to Israel ‘green light’ for Gaza ‘aggression’
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Hamas says US military aid to Israel ‘green light’ for Gaza ‘aggression’

Hamas says US military aid to Israel ‘green light’ for Gaza ‘aggression’
  • Condemns US House of Representatives’ approval of billions of dollars in new military aid to Israel
GAZA STRIP, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian militant group Hamas on Sunday condemned the US House of Representatives’ approval of billions of dollars in new military aid to Israel, much of which is to strengthen Israeli air defenses.
“This support, which violates international law, is a license and a green light for the Zionist extremist government (Israel) to continue the brutal aggression against our people,” Hamas said in a statement.

Iran president to visit Pakistan, boost ties: Islamabad

Iran president to visit Pakistan, boost ties: Islamabad
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Iran president to visit Pakistan, boost ties: Islamabad

Iran president to visit Pakistan, boost ties: Islamabad
  • Ebrahim Raisi will be accompanied by ‘a high-level delegation comprising the foreign minister... as well as a large business delegation’

ISLAMABAD: Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi will travel to Islamabad on Monday to meet his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said, as the two countries seek to mend ties following deadly cross-border attacks this year.
Raisi will be accompanied by “a high-level delegation comprising the foreign minister... as well as a large business delegation,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The tit-for-tat missile strikes in January in the porous border region of Balochistan — split between the two nations — stoked regional tensions already inflamed by the Israel-Hamas war.
Tehran carried out the strikes against an anti-Iran group in Pakistan the same week it targeted Iraq and Syria.
Pakistan responded with a raid on “militant targets” in Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan province, one of the few mainly Sunni Muslim regions in Shiite-dominated Iran.
Both countries have in the past accused each other of sheltering militants.
A visit to Islamabad by Tehran’s foreign minister led to the two sides pledging to improve dialogue and install liaison officers in both countries.
Sistan-Balochistan province has for years faced unrest involving cross-border drug-smuggling gangs and rebels from the Baloch ethnic minority, and Muslim extremists.
Raisi will also visit Lahore and Karachi to meet provincial leaders, according to the statement.
The countries will further strengthen ties and enhance cooperation in “trade, connectivity, energy, agriculture, and people-to-people contacts,” it added.
Pakistan is counting on a joint gas project with Iran to solve a long-running power crisis that has sapped its economic growth.
A $7.5-billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline intended to feed Pakistani power plants was inaugurated with great fanfare in March 2013.
But the project immediately stagnated following international sanctions on Iran.
Tehran has built its own section of the 1,800-kilometer (1,100-mile) pipeline, which should eventually link its South Pars gas fields to the Pakistani city of Nawabshah, near Karachi.
In February, Pakistan’s outgoing caretaker government approved the construction of an 80-kilometer section of the pipeline, primarily to avoid the payment of billions of dollars in penalties to Iran due to years of delays.
Washington has warned that Pakistan could face US sanctions, saying it does not support the pipeline going forward.


Emir of Qatar begins Asia tour with state visit to Philippines

Emir of Qatar begins Asia tour with state visit to Philippines
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Emir of Qatar begins Asia tour with state visit to Philippines

Emir of Qatar begins Asia tour with state visit to Philippines
  • During his tour the emir will speak with the countries’ leaders and senior officials

DUBAI: The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad began his state visit to Manila, the Philippine capital, on Sunday as part of his Asia tour, reported the Qatar News Agency.

Sheikh Tamim received a welcome at Maharlika Presidential Airport from a delegation including Rafael Perpetuo Lotilla, minister of energy; Ahmed bin Saad Al-Humaidi, ambassador of Qatar to the Philippines; and Lilibeth Velasco Puno, ambassador of the Philippines to Qatar, along with several senior officials from the Philippine government and members of the Qatari embassy.

Accompanied by an official delegation, Sheikh Tamim’s itinerary includes visits to Bangladesh and Nepal following his time in the Philippines.

During his tour, the emir will speak with the countries’ leaders and senior officials, focusing on ways to enhance cooperation and discussing issues of common interest.

Additionally, agreements and memoranda of understanding are expected to be signed across various fields.


Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 34,097

Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 34,097
Updated 21 April 2024
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Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 34,097

Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 34,097
  • The tally includes at least 48 deaths in the past 24 hours, a ministry statement said

GAZA STRIP, Palestinian Territories: The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Sunday that at least 34,097 people have been killed in the territory during more than six months of war between Israel and Palestinian militants.
The tally includes at least 48 deaths in the past 24 hours, a ministry statement said, adding that 76,980 people have been wounded in the Gaza Strip since the war began when Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7.


Sultan of Oman to visit UAE on Monday - WAM

Sultan of Oman to visit UAE on Monday - WAM
Updated 21 April 2024
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Sultan of Oman to visit UAE on Monday - WAM

Sultan of Oman to visit UAE on Monday - WAM

DUBAI: Sultan Haitham of Oman will visit the UAE on Monday for talks with President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, state news agency WAM reported. 

During the visit, both leaders will discuss “the deep-rooted, historical relations between the UAE and Oman and cooperation in various fields,” the agency said. 

The two leaders will also discuss a number of regional and international issues of common interest.