UAE leaders congratulate President Putin on ‘Russia Day’


ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory message to Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, on the occasion of ‘Russia Day’.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, also sent similar messages to President Putin and to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Egypt voices solidarity with Kuwait over deadly fire


Egypt on Wednesday expressed condolences to the State of Kuwait over the apartment building fire that claimed 49 lives.

Ambassador Ahmad Abu Zaid, the foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement that Egypt prays for souls of those who have perished in the tragic occurence and wishes the injured rapid recuperation.

Kuwait officially announced that 49 people perished in a fire that gutted an apartment building in Al-Mangaf, southern Kuwait.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Masrour Barzani discusses with the Commander of the Int’l Coalition Forces in Iraq maintaining security and enhancing cooperation


The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, received today, Wednesday, the Commander-in-Chief of the International Coalition Forces in Iraq and Syria, General Joel Fowell, and his accompanying delegation.

The Kurdistan Regional Government stated in a statement that: ‘In the meeting, the overall developments in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and Syria were discussed, and the two sides also stressed the continued support of reforms in the joints of the Ministry of Peshmerga and the unification of its forces under the umbrella of the Ministry.’

The statement added: ‘The meeting discussed the importance of maintaining security and stability in Iraq and the Kurdistan region and enhancing coordination and cooperation between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces with the international coalition forces to confront the threats posed by ISIS terrorists, and terrorism in general.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

TONY FRANGIEH MEETS FINANCE MINISTER, PUSHES FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES


MP Tony Frangieh on Wednesday met with Caretaker Finance Minister, Youssef Khalil, in the presence of attorney Antoine Fenianos.

During the meeting, Frangieh emphasized the urgency of implementing anti-corruption laws and initiating necessary investigations to prevent the exploitation of statutes of limitations for crimes that may have occurred during the subsidy period.

This call to action follows a report from the Public Relations Unit at the Central Bank of Lebanon, which confirmed that detailed records of all subsidy files have been handed over to the relevant authorities.

The meeting also underscored the importance of enforcing Law No. 240/2021, which was urgently passed based on a proposal by MP Frangieh.

This law mandates forensic financial audits for all beneficiaries of government subsidies in U.S. dollars or equivalent foreign currencies, starting from October 17, 2019, following the lifting of banking secrecy on these accounts.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

UAE leaders offer condolences to President of Malawi on passing of Vice President Chilima


ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of condolence to Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, expressing his sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and a number of officials in a plane crash.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Presidential Court, also sent similar messages to President Chakwera.

Source: Emirates News Agency