Today’s newspapers follow PM’s visit to Maysan and Basra, and Al-Lami stresses the importance of showing the bright image of Iraq to the Arab and foreign media delegations that will visit Iraq

The newspapers issued today, Sunday, paid attention to the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani to the governorates of Maysan and Basra, and the head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, Muayyad Al-Lami, stressed the importance of showing the bright image of Iraq to the Arab and foreign media delegations that will visit Iraq.

Regarding the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani to the governorates of Maysan and Basra, Al-Sabah newspaper said that the Prime Minister, yesterday, Saturday, opened the associated gas treatment project in the Halfaya field in Maysan governorate, which will contribute to the operation of power stations and the production of liquid fuel. He also opened the high octane unit project in the Basra refinery, which will secure the country’s need for high octane gasoline.

Al-Sudani stressed, in a statement, that ‘the specific project comes within efforts to increase the benefit from oil and gas wealth, in order to stop the burning of associated gas and the waste it en
tails and its impact on the environment and health.’

He stated that “gas will contribute directly to the operation of electrical stations and stop gas imports and the hard currency it depletes annually, as gas production has realistically increased from 2,972 million standard cubic feet per day in (2022) to the level of 3,100 million standard cubic feet per day.”

He added, “The investment rate for associated gas has increased from 50% to 61%, and efforts and plans are continuing to invest in all the gas produced, and the goal is to reach a (zero) rate of burned gas, by the year 2028.”

Regarding the National Day of the Iraqi Press, Al-Zawraa newspaper, which is published by the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, quoted the head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, President of the Federation of Arab Journalists, Muayad Al-Lami, stressing the importance of showing the bright image of Iraq and the major reconstruction campaign that the country is witnessing in front of the Arab and foreign media delegations that wil
l participate in the press family’s celebrations this year on National Day of the Iraqi press, which represents more than (50) countries around the world.

A statement by the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate said, ‘The head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, Muayyad Al-Lami, chaired the meeting of the supreme committee charged with preparing for the celebrations of the Iraqi Press National Day on its 155th anniversary.’

Al-Lami reviewed, according to the statement, ‘before the members of the Supreme Committee appointed by the Prime Minister, the syndicate’s procedures regarding inviting and hosting delegations and personalities from various countries of the world, which include Arab and foreign ministers of culture and information, heads of Arab media institutions, and international organizations concerned with journalism and media, in addition to preparing all the logistical and technical requirements for holding the celebrations, most notably the preparation for the central celebration that will be held in Al-
Zawraa Hall of Al-Rashid Hotel on Sunday morning, June 30, under the auspices of the Prime Minister, the festive festival for the syndicate’s branches in the governorates, which will be held in the gardens of Abu Nuwas Street, and the public celebration at the Cultural and Social Center, One Thousand Nights and night, in addition to hosting the meetings of the General Secretariat of the Arab Journalists Federation.’

The statement added, ‘We discussed the facilities that would be provided by the supporting bodies represented by a number of ministries and other departments to make this national celebration a success.’

The statement indicated that ‘the meeting included representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Culture, and Transport, the Intelligence Service, the Baghdad Operations Command, the Baghdad Municipality, and the Iraqi Media Network, in addition to members of the Syndicate Council.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Participates in 2nd Session of High-Level Event on Ocean Action

HE Minister of Environment and Climate Change Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie participated in the second session of the High-Level Dialogue under the theme “Enhancing peace for the ocean,” which was part of the High-Level Event on Ocean Action held in the Republic of Costa Rica.

The session discussed the importance of strengthening global efforts to spread peace worldwide and preventing conflicts between countries that result in wars in the oceans and seas and their negative impact on marine resources, as well as their threat to sustainable development.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: GCC-Turkiye Joint Action Plan Has Proven Efficacy

Doha: HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani emphasized that the joint action plan between the GCC countries and the Republic of Turkiye has proven its effectiveness, which prompted the two sides to coordinate to continue holding the meeting of committees and joint technical work teams and work to extend the joint action plan until 2029.

In his speech during the 6th Joint Ministerial Meeting of the GCC-Turkiye High-Level Strategic Dialogue, His Excellency said that during this meeting, they look forward to unifying visions, exchanging viewpoints, and intensive coordination between the GCC countries and the Republic of Turkiye to achieve security and peace, and joint efforts in all fields between the two sides.

His Excellency indicated that the common interest in strengthening cooperation between the two sides was behind the tangible development in the level of relations, pushing them to wider and broader horizons at the various political, econom
ic, security, cultural, and social levels. His Excellency voiced the State of Qatar’s appreciation for the humanitarian and development efforts made by the Republic of Turkiye in the Gaza Strip, and at the regional and international levels, to consolidate global security and stability.

In this regard, His Excellency stressed the importance of continuing coordination and joint development cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkiye, which was recently demonstrated in the humanitarian aid provided to the fraternal Palestinian people. His Excellency noted that Turkiye is considered one of the most important countries supporting the mediation efforts undertaken by the State of Qatar, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the United States of America to reach an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani said that the strategic bilateral relations between the GCC countries and the Republic of Tu
rkiye represent a testimony to the strong and multifaceted partnership between the two sides. This relationship is rooted in historical, cultural, and religious ties built on political and social foundations, and includes cooperation in various fields.

His Excellency added that the continued cooperation between the GCC countries and the Republic of Turkiye through diplomatic channels and economic initiatives is led by a common goal, which lies in achieving stability and prosperity in the region, and in a way that contributes to strengthening international peace and security. In this context, His Excellency emphasized the importance of continuing the discussions, strengthening relations between the two sides, and moving forward to further cooperation toward a strategic partnership that includes various areas of common interest.

For his part, HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the sisterly Republic of Turkiye Hakan Fidan said that Turkiye pays great attention to its relations with the GCC countries, which have
reached an advanced level and are constantly developing in various fields.

During his speech at the meeting, His Excellency added that the volume of trade exchange between Turkiye and the GCC countries increased by 40 percent in 2023 compared to 2022, and its value reached around USD 31 billion. He pointed out that Turkiye is considered a favorite destination for tourists from the GCC countries, saying that more than 5 million tourists from the GCC countries have visited Turkiye.

His Excellency emphasized Turkiye’s endeavor to strengthen institutional cooperation with the GCC countries, noting that the participation of HE President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the GCC 44th Summit last year in Doha, is a historic milestone in the relations of the two sides. Weeks after the Summit, HE the President of Turkiye issued a visa waiver decree for citizens of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

His Excellency also pointed out that last March, negotiation
s for a free trade agreement between the GCC countries and Turkiye were resumed.

On the other hand, HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkiye said that global governance mechanisms have failed to approach the challenges, thus the importance of regional cooperation is evident in finding solutions to regional problems, especially the Palestinian cause, to achieve regional peace and security.

His Excellency added that Israel is committing horrific crimes in the Gaza Strip, and some countries remain silent and this must stop, and attention must be paid to what is happening in Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the West Bank. He pointed out that the difficult humanitarian conditions there cannot be ignored, and all pressure cards must be used on Israel and its allies, in addition to uniting the efforts to defend human rights and universal values, praising the continued efforts of the State of Qatar to reach a permanent ceasefire.

HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkiye poin
ted out Turkiye’s success in increasing the number of countries that recognize the State of Palestine, calling in this regard for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip with concrete steps that increase the pressure on Israel.

His Excellency also noted Turkiye’s announcement of its decision to join the case raised by South Africa before the International Court of Justice against Israel, in addition to stopping trade with it, voicing Turkiye’s readiness to contribute to the reconstruction of Gaza.

HE Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi said that the sixth strategic dialogue meeting between the GCC countries and Turkiye is of great importance as it provides opportunities for consultation between the two sides on international and regional issues of common interest, working together to enhance the security and stability of the region, and deepening the bridges of cooperation between the GCC and the Republic of Turkiye and expanding their scope. It culminated in agreeing to ex
tend the joint action plan between the two sides to the year 2029. In his speech during the meeting, His Excellency noted the important results of the Gulf-Turkish summit, which brought together Their Majesties and Highnesses leaders of the GCC countries, with HE President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkiye last December in Doha, and which contributed to strengthening political, security and economic coordination between the GCC countries. He pointed out that the joint ministerial meeting between the GCC and the Republic of Turkiye, which is being held for the first time after the signing of the joint statement to begin negotiations on free trade between the two sides, is an indication of the strength of the deep strategic partnership between the GCC countries and the Republic of Turkiye, a qualitative leap in the strong relations, and a new witness to the regional and international status that the GCC countries have achieved in all fields, including the commercial, economic and financial standin
g, while looking forward to the completion of these negotiations. His Excellency expressed his great pride in the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides, establishing the strategic dialogue between the GCC and the Republic of Turkiye in 2008 based on historical relations and the common cultural heritage and in response to the desire and firm conviction of the wise leaders from both sides of the necessity of promoting cooperation in all fields, in an effort to achieve the common goals and interests of our countries and peoples within a comprehensive strategic framework. He added that the joint ministerial meeting between the GCC states and Turkiye comes in light of worrying regional and international political and security developments, with the accelerating events that the region is going through in view of the war launched by the Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip. As this meeting is unfolding, there are Palestinians being killed at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces. Witho
ut a doubt, what is happening in the Gaza Strip hurts us all, and calls on us to redouble efforts to stop this war waged by the Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip for which innocent Palestinian civilians are paying the price, and its repercussions extended to different regions of the world and harmed the freedom of maritime navigation in the Red Sea, as a result of the Houthi group’s attacks on ships and tankers crossing the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, he added. The GCC Secretary General stressed the need to stop the military operations launched by the Israeli war machine against civilians in a war against humanity that has exceeded all limits, while emphasizing the categorical rejection of the forced displacement of civilians and the continued targeting and direct bombing of United Nations centers for distributing food and sheltering the women and children displaced from their residential areas and infrastructure using various weapons, noting that these actions occur in full view of the co
untries of the entire world and its international organizations without deterring Israeli crimes or holding it accountable for its flagrant violations of international law and international humanitarian law.

Source: Qatar News Agency

HBKU Holds Academic Network for Development Dialogue (ANDD) Conference

Doha: Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Public Policy (CPP) hosted this year’s Academic Network for Development Dialogue (ANDD) Conference, in collaboration with Qatar University (QU), Al-Quds University (AQU) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

The conference attracted academics and practitioners for robust discourse concerning the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the theme “Sustainable Development Goals Unpacked: Ethics, Policies, and Culture,” the conference paid particular attention to the ethical, policy, and cultural dimensions of the SDGs as well as fostering knowledge exchange, dialogue, and capacity building among participants.

This year’s ANDD Conference also included a series of panel discussions on the interplay between ethics, policy, culture and the SDGs. Each session featured moderators and panelists collaborative partners, including Al-Quds University, Qatar University, and the UN House, as well as acade
mic institutions from across the Gulf region.

In her closing remarks, Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University, and ANDD’s first chair and founding member, expressed her pride in the ANDD’s impactful achievements and contributions to sustainable development across the region. She also highlighted the release of the First Edition of the ANDD Paper Series, published by QU Press, as well as the ANDD Online Master Class Course on Research Fundamentals, which witnessed the registration of more than 2300 participants.

Speaking after the conclusion of the ANDD Conference, Dr. Evren Tok, Associate Dean, CPP, said: “We were undoubtedly honored to bring this year’s conference to HBKU. Doing so reflects the CPP’s consistent ability to gather experts from across the region and further afield to discuss a wealth of issues shaping public policy discourse. We do this without losing sight of our commitment to educating and nurturing future generations of public professiona
ls, many of whom are already engaged in the research and studies concerning the SDGs and related topics.” The CPP conducts cutting edge research on policy challenges facing Qatar, the region, and the world. It aims to be one of the leading public policy schools in the region and the world, acting as a bridge and hub for innovative policy solutions across a range of issues.

Source: Qatar News Agency

QRCS Builds 13 Entire Villages in Turkiye, Northern Syria

Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) announced that the total number of construction projects it has implemented in collaboration with several of its partners in Turkiye and northern Syria is 13 entire villages, with a total of 3,672 residential apartments.

It added that last year alone, it built four villages, whereas this year, it managed to build the Katara residential village.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the QRCS said that work is currently underway to construct two more villages, including all of their utilities and infrastructure, such as those related to water, electricity, sanitation, roads, parks, and other facilities.

The statement underscored the Humanity First residential village which was inaugurated recently, built by the QRCS in collaboration with Turkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), part of a series of such villages built in northern Syria with the aim of providing Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) living in makeshift tents sustainable homes that provi
de them with safety, dignity, and privacy.

The statement indicated that Since 2011, the QRCS has allocated over QR 387 million to housing projects, benefiting approximately 15 million beneficiaries in 43 countries around the world.

It added that last year, the QRCS implemented 20 projects in the shelter and non-food item sector, with a cost of QR 45,345,315 for the benefit of 753,395 people in Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Niger, Bangladesh, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq.

As for 2024, the QRCS is working on 9 projects with a total cost of QR 37,498,000 to accommodate 21,420 beneficiaries in 6 countries: Palestine (Gaza Strip), Syria, Yemen, Niger, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

The QRCS indicated its interest in introducing shelter-related training to its Disaster Management Camp Director of Relief and International Programs Division at QRCS Dr. Mohamed Salah Ibrahim said that capacity building is a national priority in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, adding that the aim of organizing the Disaster Management
Camp is to raise awareness of the cruciality of disaster preparedness and to establish a society that fosters it. Ibrahim pointed out that the QRCS has organized 9 editions of this camp, which graduated 1,888 trainees and 50 trainers.

The Director of Relief and International Programs Division at QRCS said that QRCS’s future vision is to enhance capabilities to provide those affected by disaster and crisis with suitable shelter that meet international standards for a minimum dignified living.

Source: Qatar News Agency