Daily Archives: June 16, 2019

Qatar to face Paraguay in Copa America on Sunday

DOHA, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Qatar’s national football team will be aiming for positive result and a credible fighting performance when they make their Copa America debut on Sunday.

Qatar team has intensified training sessions in Brazil ahead of their Copa America campaign in the last few days. The team is scheduled to face Paraguay in its opening match in Brazil on Sunday.

Qatar will play against Colombia on June 19 and will take on former World Cup champions Argentina on June 23.

Coach Felix Sanchez side are placed in Group B along with Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia. Asian champions Qatar are currently training in Porto Bela, a coastal town near Rio.

The Copa America will take place from June 15 to July 7 at six stadiums in five cities with the participation of 12 teams. Qatar and Japan are the invited teams for this year’s Copa America.

The Qatari team is taking part upon an invitation sent to the Asian champion by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), to be the first Arab team to participate in this tournament.

Meanwhile it was announced on Friday that key defender Bassam Al Rawi has been declared fit for the team’s Copa America clash on Sunday.

Asian Cup hero Al Rawi was injured before the team’s international friendly against Brazil on June 5. The 21-year-old has returned to training, the team announced on Saturday.

Qatar defender Tariq Salman on Saturday underlined the team’s preparation saying the entire squad for the new challenge.

Copa America is a tough competition that will provide every player with tough tests. It will help us build capacity to take on tougher teams,” Salman said.

Playing on Brazilian grounds like the famous Maracana Stadium is a great challenge for our players. We hope to give our best and to enjoy this atmosphere in this historic stadium,” he added.

I hope we will succeed and achieve a positive result,” Salman said.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

UAE participates in International Economic Forum of Americas.

The United Arab Emirates participated in the 25th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which convened in Montreal on June 10-13, and brought over 200 of the world’s leading political, economic and industry experts to debate the most pressing issues facing Quebec, Canada, and the global community.

Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, who led the UAE delegation to the event, highlighted in a panel session titled “The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation” the stimulus packages provided by the UAE government to propel FDIs in the energy field.

“Up to US$160 billion of new investments are being directed to the energy field, most of which are up for grabs for the private sector as part of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050,” said the minister, noting that the UAE is a key investor in Canada and all over the world that helps create a myriad of job opportunities.

He underlined the importance the UAE government is attaching to the establishment of partnerships, not only with major world companies but also with various entrepreneurs and SMEs as well.

The minister elaborated on the competitive edge boasted by the UAE with regards to renewable energy and the achievements made in this field, citing the innovative developments launched by Masdar and those established by the UAE in Saudi Arabia, Europe and Americas.

Al Mazrouei met on the sidelines o the conference with a number of top officials, including Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada; Jason Thomas Kenney, Premier of Albert; Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Francois-Philippe Champagne; Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources; and Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr. The meetings focused on the prospects of fostering bilateral relations, particularly in the energy domain.

The Conference of Montreal, presented for the first time in 1995 by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is committed to heightening knowledge and awareness of the major issues concerning economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on the relations between the Americas and other continents.

The Conference also strives to foster exchanges of information, to promote free discussion on major current economic issues and facilitate meetings between world leaders to encourage international discourse by bringing together Heads of State, the private sector, international organizations and civil society.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

El-Sisi re-affirms Egypt’s support for UAE against all besetting challenges.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, commended the role played by Egypt in ensuring regional stability, noting that the current circumstances the region is passing through entail “cementing pan-Arab solidarity and cooperation to confront the besetting challenges.”

The top diplomat’s remarks came during his meeting here today with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who reaffirmed his country’s support for the UAE during the critical stage the region is experiencing.

“Egypt is avidly following up the ongoing developments in the Arabian Gulf region, particularly the latest incidents that posed a menacing threat to the safety of maritime navigation ,” said el-Sisi, doubling on his country’s support for the governments and peoples of “UAE and other sisterly countries against various challenges, including attempts to destabilise the region, which Egypt considers an integral part of its national security.”

The meeting addressed regional issues of mutual concern, particularly the situation in Libya, with the two sides sharing identical views on supporting counterterrorism efforts and all endeavours to establish security in Libya and the entire region.

They underscored the necessity of restoring stability in Libya to pave the ground for securing the constitutional rights of the Libyan people and their ambitions.

Sheikh Abdullah and el-Sisi also reviewed the latest developments in Sudan and expressed explicit solidarity with the people of Sudan to survive the current critical stage and fulfill their ambitions.

On Yemen and Syrian, the two sides re-affirmed their continued efforts to seek political solutions to the crises experienced by the two nations and put an end to their peoples’ suffering. They accentuated the importance of supporting the two countries’ sovereignty, territorial integrity and protection of their national assets and gains.

Sheikh Abdullah conveyed the regards of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to President el-Sisi, who affirmed the longstanding ties between the two sisterly nations and the identical views they always share toward various causes and challenges.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Sameh Shokri, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Major General Abbas Kamel, Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence, and Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Egypt.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs