Minister of Local Government reviews with the German Ambassador, joint projects and ways to develop them.

The Minister of Local Government, Badr Al-Deen Al-Tomi, discussed with the German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht, joint projects and ways to develop them.

The meeting, which was held yesterday at the Minister’s office in Tripoli, reviewed the results of the Minister’s visit to Germany last March and also discussed the projects that the Ministry is working on in coordination with the German Embassy and in partnership with the German Cooperation Foundation, which is considered one of the most important international partners in the project to transform towards decentralization.

The meeting discussed the importance of the statement of the mayors of Libya’s municipalities about the legal rights and gains of municipalities in terms of competencies, powers, and decentralized resources, which was issued by the mayors of municipalities at the first meeting of the High Council of Local Administration for 2023, which was held on April 5, 2023.

Ohnmacht stressed the importance of preserving the gains of local administration, continuing to empower the municipalities with their specializations, adhering to the path of transition to decentralization, and protecting this path in all legal and constitutional ways.

During the meeting, they also discussed a number of issues of common interest between the two countries, the most important of which is the file of renewable energy, as Libya seeks to enter this field strongly and is currently working in cooperation with the German Cooperation Foundation to prepare the infrastructure, whether legislative or human resources, to ensure real successes when starting implementation. In this regard, Ohnmacht stressed the real desire of German companies to enter Libya in this field.

On the other hand, the efforts of the UN envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily, to end transitional stages and hold elections were discussed, and they stressed the importance of supporting Bathily’s efforts.

In the conclusion of the meeting, the need for continued communication and follow-up on the files that are being worked on jointly was affirmed, and ways to develop prospects for cooperation were discussed.

The meeting was attended by “Christian Krause” responsible for cooperation from the German side, and “Ayman Belqasim”, deputy secretary-general of the High Council for Local Administration, “Monsef Al-Mukhtar”, director of the Solid and Liquid Waste Department, and “Shadia Oreibi”, director of the Cooperation and Organizations Affairs Office.

Source: Libyan News Agency

Al-Manqoush arrives in Jeddah.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najla Al-Manqoush, accompanied by the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Sheikh “Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,” and their delegations, arrived yesterday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the preparations for the 32nd session of the Arab Summit, which will start today.

The Foreign Ministry stated on its Facebook page that Al-Manqoush, on the sidelines of the summit, will hold a number of bilateral meetings with her Arab counterparts.

Source: Libyan News Agency

GCC states eye economic, financial cooperation – chief

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) seeks to bolster economic and financial cooperation within the six-member bloc, its chief Jasem Al-Bedaiwi said on Wednesday, citing an internal committee tasked with bringing such goals to fruition.

Cooperation between GCC states has led to some notable “economic” achievements as of late, he said in a statement issued by the bloc after a meeting involving the aforementioned committee held in the Omani capital Muscat.

Trade within the Gulf Arab bloc skyrocketed to nearly USD 105 billion in 2021, added the statement, while some 162,000 people own properties across the region, it showed.

He went on to emphasize that GCC member states will collectively employ all tools at their disposal in a bid to propel economic cooperation to greater levels.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Biden postpones overseas’ visits, focuses on averting default – WH

US President Joe Biden will return home on Sunday, following the completion of the G7 summit, in order to be back for meetings with Congressional leaders, said the White House Tuesday.

Biden’s return is to ensure that Congress takes action by the deadline to avert default, noted White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a statement.

“The President spoke to Prime Minister Albanese earlier today to inform him that he will be postponing his trip to Australia. He also invited the Prime Minister for an official state visit at a time to be agreed by the teams. The President’s team engaged with the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea’s team to inform them as well,” noted the statement in reference to Biden’s travel plans to Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“The President has made clear that members of Congress from both parties and chambers must come together to prevent default, as they have 78 times before. The President and his team will continue to work with Congressional leadership to deliver a budget agreement that can reach the President’s desk.” On relations with both Australia and Papua New Guinea, the statement pointed out that “revitalizing and reinvigorating our alliances and advancing partnerships like the Quad remains a key priority for the President. This is vital to our ability to advance our foreign policy goals and better promote global stability and prosperity. We look forward to finding other ways to engage with Australia, the Quad, Papua New Guinea and the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum in the coming year.” As for his meeting with congressional leadership in a bid to preventing default, “President Biden hosted Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Speaker McCarthy, and Leader Jeffries in the Oval Office for a productive and direct meeting about the need to ensure America does not default on its debt for the first time in our history, and on a budget agreement that can reach his desk.

The President, according to the statement, emphasized that while more work remains on a range of difficult issues, he’s “optimistic” that there is a path to a responsible, bipartisan budget agreement if both sides negotiate in good faith and recognize that neither side will get everything it wants.

The President directed staff to continue to meet daily on outstanding issues. He said that he would like to check in with leaders later this week by phone, and meet with them upon his return from overseas, it concluded.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

High temps on Wednesday, followed by cooler weekend

Temperatures on Wednesday are predicted to be 5 to 6 degrees Celsius higher than normal for this time of the year. Therefore, the weather will be dry and relatively hot in the majority of the Kingdom, and hot in the desert, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD). In its daily update, the JMD expected clouds will form at high altitudes, while the winds will be southeasterly moderate to occasionally brisk, causing dust in the Badia. On Thursday, the Kingdom will have a pleasant air mass that will dramatically lower temperatures to below their normal rates, bringing back the moderate spring weather countrywide. Temperatures will continue to drop on Friday and Saturday, resulting in a generally pleasant weekend with clouds at various altitudes and northwesterly brisk winds. Today’s peak temperatures will be between 35 and 33 degrees Celsius in Amman and various highlands throughout the Kingdom, with lows of 16 or even 14 degrees in the southern highlands at night. The Gulf city of Aqaba will have warmer weather, with highs of 41C and lows of 23C.

Source: Jordan News Agency