Arab League Secretary General Meets with Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary

Tokyo, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi met today on the sidelines of the 5th Japan-Arab Economic Forum currently being held in Tokyo, Japan.

During the meeting, they discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest and the latest developments in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Egypt affirms counter-“terrorism” support in African Sahel-Sahara region

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Badr Abdelaty affirmed on Wednesday Egypt’s interest in counter-“terrorism” efforts in the African Sahel-Saharan region.

In a statement, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Spokesperson Ambassador Ahmad Abu Zeid said that this came during Minister Abdelaty’s meeting with head of United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Waly.

The minister underscored Egypt’s keenness on cooperating with the UNODC, especially in combating “terrorism.” Combating “terrorism,” Abdelaty explained, would be through focusing on combating extremist ideologies which accumulate recruitments online, and focusing on developing national strategies to obstruct any elementary formations of “terrorist,” violent, extremist ideologies.

Egypt is interested in partnering and cooperating with UN organizations and regional affiliates in Africa with the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, added Abdelaty.

Meanwhile, Ghada Waly highlighted the UNODC’s efforts in keepin
g peace and security through supporting Egypt, and through carrying out the Regional Framework for Arab States 2023-2028.

Waly stated that the Regional Framework is a strategic and cooperative endeavor between the UNODC, the Arab League, and 18 Arab states to respond to regional challenges.

During the meeting with Abdelaty, Waly reviewed plans in combating corruption, financial crimes, drug and human trafficking in Egypt and regionally, as well as coordinating with Egyptian officials in strengthening criminal justice and crime prevention.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Othman confirms to NINA that Masoud Barzani is a great supporter to Al-Sudani in his work and orientations

Independent Kurdish politician Mahmoud Othman confirmed that the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, is a great supporter of the Prime Minister of the Federal Government, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, in his work and orientations.

Othman said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA): ‘Masoud Barzani visited Baghdad at the beginning of this week and the visit lasted for two days, during which he met most of the political leaders in the country, to discuss a number of issues that were not announced in an official statement by the region. This is a major flaw, as citizens in Iraq in general and the region in particular are not informed of the results of the visit.

Othman explained that many speculations emerged in the media after Masoud Barzani’s visit, but all of them are incorrect, pointing out that the visit to Baghdad is generally good for communicating with political leaders, and it is a courtesy visit more than a practical one.

Othman believed that the visit came to grea
tly support Al-Sudani, and that Masoud Barzani praised the Prime Minister and his approaches to resolving the problems with the region and his work in general.

Othman denied Barzani’s intervention in solving the problem of the Sunni component regarding the candidate for the position of Speaker of Parliament, despite his meeting with them and urging them to solve the problems of the Sunni forces in general.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Egypt, Jordan FMs warn of broad war if Mideast tension rises

The foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan warned of broad warfare in the event tension in the Middle East continues to escalate, agreeing during talks on Wednesday on the need to preserve regional peace and stability.

Backing efforts to protect Lebanon’s security and stability, Bader Abdelati and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi said the region risks slipping into upheaval if Israeli military activity along the border with Lebanon persists, telling a joint press conference that a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is now a dire necessity, The Egyptian foreign minister went on to say that aid to the Palestinian enclave should be “unconditional and unimpeded,” given the “grave violations” of international laws committed by Israeli occupation forces, pointing to a “consensus” with his Egyptian counterpart over the need to put a halt to the Israeli practices that endanger the lives of innocent Palestinian civilians.

Echoing his Egyptian opposite number’s sentiments, the Jordanian top diplomat urged the internati
onal community to intervene and take “concrete and tangible” steps aiming to put an end to Israeli occupation “aggression,” while highlighting in equal measure the protection and stability of Lebanon amid the worsening violence.

On the forced displacement of the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, he said the matter was a “red line” that should never be crossed, underlining that support for the Palestinians will continue until their statehood aspirations ultimately come to fruition, based on 1967 border lines with East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Gaza negotiations will be resumed on Wednesday in Doha and on Thursday in Cairo

Delegations from Egypt, Qatar, the United States and Israel will meet in Doha, today, Wednesday, in order to resume ceasefire talks and the hostage deal in Gaza, according to Cairo News Channel, quoting a prominent Egyptian source.

The source explained that “the head of Egyptian intelligence and his American counterpart will attend the Doha meeting,” on a mission to “bring closer the views between Israel and Hamas to reach a truce agreement as soon as possible.”

He said: ‘There is agreement on many points,’ adding that ‘negotiations will return to Cairo on Thursday.’

A correspondent for the American news site Axios spoke of ‘progress in the talks on the hostage deal’ that took place in Cairo on Tuesday.

He explained, “Israel expresses its satisfaction with the round of talks that took place in Cairo, but it is keen not to develop expectations regarding the rate of progress of negotiations on the deal, and the possibility of reaching an agreement in the coming days.”

Another Israeli official said: ‘We are
facing difficult and complex negotiations that will take several weeks.’

The Egyptian presidency said in a statement that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and CIA Director William Burns met in Cairo yesterday, Tuesday.

The presidency added that Al-Sisi ‘confirmed in this regard the Egyptian position rejecting the continuation of military operations in the Gaza Strip.’

Egypt and Qatar are leading mediation efforts in the 9-month-long war between Israel and Hamas, hoping to end the fighting and release Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Senior American officials visited the region to press for a ceasefire, after Hamas made concessions last week, but the movement said that a new Israeli attack on Gaza threatened the truce talks at a crucial moment, and called on the mediators to restrain Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency