Saudi Arabia condemns Israel minister’s storming of Aqsa Mosque

The Saudi Foreign Ministry on Friday denounced the storming by an Israeli occupation minister and Knesset members of Al-Aqsa Mosque under Israeli police protection.

The ministry said in a press statement that the kingdom categorically decries such violations and provocative acts, while it stands side by side with the Palestinian people and backs all efforts being exerted to reach a just and total solution to the Palestinian caus.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers and an occupation government minister on Thursday broke into Al-Aqsa mosque under Israeli police guard.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Tokyo stocks hit 33-year high on Wall Street gain, weak yen

Tokyo stocks extended their winning streak for a seventh straight session on Friday, with a key index ending at a 33-year high, on the back of overnight gains on Wall Street and the weaker yen.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) gained 234.42 points, or 0.77 percent, from Thursday to 30,808.35, its highest close since Aug. 1, 1990.

The broader Tokyo Stock Price Index, which includes all shares on the market’s First Section on the TSE, was also up 3.84 points, or 0.18 percent, to 2,161.69, the highest finish since Aug. 3, 1990.

On Thursday, major US benchmarks, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite, ended higher. In Tokyo, shares of export-oriented companies advanced due to the yen’s depreciation against the US dollar, which hit the lower JPY 138 level.

The weak yen supports exports by making Japanese products more competitive overseas and increases their overseas profits when converted into local currency.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Italian Minister of Defense confirms that the stability of Libya is essential for his country.

Italian Defense Minister Guido Cruzetto affirmed that the stability of Libya is essential for his country.

This came in a briefing to the minister before the joint foreign and defense committees in the Italian House of Representatives and Senate, according to the Italian Nova news agency.

“So far we have achieved very little compared to the efforts made in Libya,” said Cruzetto, enumerating the different missions in which Italy will participate in Libya in 2023 at the national, international and European levels.

Cruzetto also emphasized that Italy is ready to play the role of “facilitator and coordinator” in the reunification of the Libyan armed forces, as conditions are created according to Nova.

Source: Libyan News Agency

Mnifi calls, to support the efforts of the African Union and the United Nations to achieve national reconciliation in Libya.

President of the Presidential Council, “Muhammad Al-Mnifi,” affirmed that the Council is following up with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, the efforts of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee in order to unify the army, and support the steps of the House of Representatives and the State through the 6 + 6 committee assigned It has consensus on electoral laws leading to holding elections that lead the country to security and stability.

In his speech at the Arab summit, which began today, Friday, in Jeddah, Al-Mnifi expressed his high appreciation for following up the situation in Libya, calling for a greater role in supporting the efforts of the African Union and the United Nations to move forward with the national reconciliation project and to move away from everything that causes national divisions, leading to holding elections in Libya within 2023.

Al-Mnifi said, “We call on our Arab brothers to adopt a unified stance towards the situation in Libya, foremost of which is the departure of all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan lands, and to stop negative and non-constructive interference and support the democratic path and the peaceful transfer of power.”

In his speech, Mnifi affirmed Libya’s readiness to engage in efforts to resolve the crisis in Sudan, in a way that ends the fighting between brothers and preserves stability in the region.

Source: Libyan News Agency

HH the Amir Leaves Jeddah

HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani left the city of Jeddah in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after heading the countrys delegation participating in the 32nd regular session of the Arab League Council at the summit level.

HH the Amir sent a message to his brother King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, expressing his deep thanks and appreciation for the hospitality that His Highness and the accompanying delegation received during his participation in the 32nd regular session of the Arab League Council at the summit level, hoping that its results would contribute to strengthening joint Arab action for the benefit of the Arab peoples, praying to God to grant the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince continued health and wellness, and the Kingdom more progress and prosperity.

Source: Qatar News Agency