QFA Announces Qatar Squad for 2023 U-20 AFC Asian Cup

DOHA – Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced Monday the national team’s 27-player squad gearing up to participate in the 2023 U-20 AFC Asian Cup due to be held in Uzbekistan.

The tournament leads to the FIFA U-20 World Cup .Qatar were drawn in Group B along with Australia, runners up of the 2010 edition, Iran and Vietnam, the semi-finalist of the 2016 edition.

The team Qatar who claimed the 2014 trophy in Myanmar, qualified for the tournament as leaders of Group B in the AFC qualifiers with 12 points.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee


H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed receives Kosovan counterpart

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz, Kosovan Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the UAE-Kosovo bilateral relations and ways of advancing prospects of cooperation in various fields. They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international topics of mutual concern.

Sheikh Abdullah affirmed that the UAE and Kosovo enjoy distinguished and developing bilateral relations, emphasising the prevailing joint interest to further boost and enhance them in all fields.

He also underscored the importance of continuing coordination and promoting joint dialogue in order to achieve the interests of the two countries and benefit their peoples.

For her part, Schwarz highlighted the depth of UAE-Kosovo relations, and affirmed her country’s keenness to develop joint cooperation in various fields.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


UAE Condemns Taliban Decision to Ban Women from NGOs

Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Political Affairs and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, expressed the UAE’s strong condemnation of the decision by the Taliban to ban women from working in national and international non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Nusseibeh warned that at a time when two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, and six million people are at risk of starvation, the decision will further impede the provision of humanitarian relief in the country and affect the most vulnerable in society, including women, children, and the elderly.

She underscored that the decision, which follows the Taliban’s recent and indefensible ban on women and girls accessing higher education, violates UN Security Council resolution 2615 and will undoubtedly exacerbate humanitarian suffering in Afghanistan.

Moreover, Her Excellency stressed that Islam honors the role of women and upholds their rights. In this regard, Ambassador Nusseibeh underscored the importance of the full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of life.

The UAE will remain steadfast in its long-standing commitment to Afghanistan’s sovereignty, stability, security, and prosperity in cooperation with regional and international partners. Her Excellency concluded by emphasizing that the future welfare of Afghanistan and its people depends on the full inclusion of women and girls in society.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation