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Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Governor receives Bahraini Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Governor Prince Faisal bin Salman Al Saud received Bahraini Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shaikh Ali bin Abdulrahman bin Ali Al Khalifa.

Prince Faisal wished the ambassador success in performing his diplomatic duties, in a way that contributes to strengthening the close historical relations between the two kingdoms.

The ambassador thanked Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah governor for his hospitality. He commended the outcome of the ongoing cooperation between the two kingdoms in various sectors.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Foreign Ministry summons Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires for violating diplomatic norms

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Moayad Omar Abdulrahman, and informed him of its deep dissatisfaction with his repeated violations of diplomatic norms.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, informed the Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires of the Ministry’s strong condemnation of his unacceptable behavior that contradicts diplomatic protocols in the Kingdom, and handed him an official protest note in this regard.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister visits the majlises of the Al Asfoor family, Faisal Jawad, and the Al Zayani family

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today visited the majlis of the Al Asfoor family, the majlis of Faisal Hassan Jawad, and the majlis of the Al Zayani Family.

His Royal Highness highlighted Team Bahrain’s ambitious efforts in turning global challenges into achievements across various sectors, in line with the vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister exchanged Ramadan blessings with the hosts and guests of the majlises.

His Royal Highness noted the importance of Ramadan majlises in further bolstering societal bonds over generations amongst Bahraini families and residents.

HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad went on to note that the positive economic indicators that have been witnessed recently reflect Bahraini citizens’ determination to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Economic Recovery Plan, aimed at enhancing the Kingdom’s long-term economic sustainability to benefit citizens.

His Royal Highness further highlighted that the positive economic indicators were also achieved through the constructive cooperation between the public and private sectors, forming an economy that delivers to Bahraini citizens. In this regard, His Royal Highness stressed the importance of further strengthening public-private partnerships for the Kingdom’s competitiveness and investment attraction.

In light of the technological advancements witnessed across the Kingdom, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad emphasised the role of artificial intelligence in improving the efficiency and delivery of quality jobs and services to citizens across various economic sectors.

For their part, the majlis hosts and guests expressed their gratitude to HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister for the visit. They concluded by celebrating His Royal Highness’s noble engagement with Bahrainis in their Ramadan majlises across the Kingdom and wished the Kingdom continued progress and prosperity under the leadership of His Majesty the King.

During the majlis visits, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Isa bin Salman Charity Educational Charitable Trust, His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Minister of Finance and National Economy, HE Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and several senior officials.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia’s North Sulawesi

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale struck on Tuesday the province of North Sulawesi in Indonesia, without causing a tsunami.

According to a statement from the Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the epicenter of the quake occurred 98 km from the Bolaang Mongondow regency of the province, at a depth of 53 km.

So far, there have been no reports of material or human losses due to the earthquake.

On March 2, a 5-magnitude earthquake struck south of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, at a depth of about 100 km below the surface of the earth.

Earthquakes regularly strike different parts of Indonesia, as it is located on the Pacific belt known as the “Ring of Fire,” where many tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activity.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Iraqi Foreign Ministry: Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires in Bahrain to return to Baghdad

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations Affairs, Fuad Hussein, has directed to return the Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires in Bahrain to Baghdad, Spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sahhaf, announced today.

“The Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein has directed to return the Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires to the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad,” Al-Sahhaf told Iraqi News Agency (INA).

“This measure aims to enhance the status of Iraqi diplomacy, which the Ministry adopts to preserve diplomatic norms,” he added.

It is to be noted that Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry today summoned the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Moayad Omar Abdulrahman, and informed him of its “deep dissatisfaction with his repeated violations of diplomatic norms.”

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, informed the Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires of the Ministry’s strong condemnation of his unacceptable behavior that contradicts diplomatic protocols in the Kingdom, and handed him an official protest note in this regard,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in its statement.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Qatari Newspapers Editorials

Doha: Qatari newspapers on Wednesday highlighted a host of local and Arab topics, notably the assertion by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, on the State of Qatar’s major role in leading multiple humanitarian efforts, in partnership with the United Nations.

The Qatari dailies pointed to the efforts exerted by the State of Qatar to end the war on the Gaza Strip, in parallel with its continued support to the Palestinian people who have been suffering extremely difficult humanitarian conditions.

Locally, the newspapers noted the steady steps undertaken by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to engage students in scientific research in parallel with their study, stressing the importance of instilling scientific research concepts from the early education stage and developing students innovative and research skills to prepare them to be leaders of the future.

In its editorial entitled “Qatar… A Force for Good”, Al-Raya undersc
ored Qatar’s recognized efforts in establishing peace, security and development, until it has become an example to be emulated as a country that has harnessed all its strength and efforts to spread goodness in the world.

The wise leadership has established the principle of solidarity and multilateral international action, as an original principle in the Qatari foreign policy, in parallel with its commitment to mediation, diplomatic solutions and dialogue as the only way to resolve crises, wars and conflicts, Al-Raya stressed.

The State of Qatar has become at the forefront of countries that support the United Nations to achieve its goals. It is engaged with the United Nations in a strategic partnership for the good of humanity, whether through generous donations and humanitarian support for marginalized groups in areas of conflict and disasters, or by developing long-term action plans for global development in less developed areas, Al-Raya added.

The State of Qatar has expanded its strategic partnership wit
h the United Nations to include new areas that support emergency and long-term response, including but not limited to search and rescue operations, and cooperation with Qatar Charity, Qatar Fund for Development, Qatar Red Crescent, and Qatar Airways, on operational aspects of relief operations and sending aid, not only in Gaza and the Palestinian territories, but also in Sudan, Ukraine, Afghanistan, and others. Qatar has become a humanitarian platform for the good of humanity, Al-Raya concluded.

Under the headline “Continued Qatari Efforts”, Al-Watan praised the mediation efforts made by the State of Qatar to end the Israeli war on Gaza, in parallel with its continued support to the Palestinian people.

The State of Qatar has so far sent 96 planes carrying 4,766 tons of humanitarian aid, to contribute to alleviating the suffering of the defenseless civilians amid the difficult humanitarian conditions, Al-Watan noted.

The paper highlighted the speech of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheik
h Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani at the opening of the Global Security Forum 2024, in which His Excellency underlined that the State of Qatar has exerted every effort to effectively contribute to promoting international peace and security through mediation efforts.

His Excellency noted that the war raging in the Gaza Strip has claimed and continues to claim thousands of lives, while the scale of the humanitarian tragedy there is worsening every day, which requires intensifying international efforts, whether those concerned with ending the conflict, or the humanitarian efforts to ensure the arrival of aid, the paper added.

Al-Watan pointed to His Excellency’s assertion that the policies of occupation, forced displacement and collective punishment have never resulted in an end to any conflict, rather have been fuel for the continuation and expansion of violence.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Palestinian Youth Succumbs to Wounds by Israeli Occupation Fire

A Palestinian youth succumbed to his injuries after being shot by Israeli occupying forces about a month ago in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Medical sources announced Tuesday that e Omar Lullah died of his serious injury he sustained during the massacre committed on Feb. 22 by the occupation forces during a raid on Nablus, which resulted in the martyrdom of 11 Palestinians About a month earlier, 11 citizens had been martyred and dozens wounded during a sudden break-in by Israeli occupying forces into the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, punctuated by violent armed clashes.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Japan, US to Sign Agreement on Critical Minerals for Electric Vehicle Battery Minerals

Japan and the United States plan to sign an agreement that will reinforce supply chain resilience for critical minerals used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries that will allow Japanese to receive US tax credits, Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Tuesday.

Under the US Inflation Reduction Act signed into law last August, a certain amount of critical minerals in the batteries must be sourced or processed either domestically or from free trade agreement partners to qualify for the clean vehicle credit. The latest agreement will relax regulations and treat Japan as equivalent to such a trade partner in relation to the minerals, according to Japan’s (Kyodo) News Agency.

Electric vehicles using critical minerals collected or processed in Japan would meet the requirements of US tax credits, the Japanese minister said “The agreement is aimed at building resilient supply chains in cooperation with the United States, as well as like-minded nations, to secure critical minerals indispensable to the production of EV batteries, with demand for them expected to expand significantly further,” Nishimura said.

Japan and European countries had previously protested against being excluded from joining the American Clean Vehicle Credit program, with Tokyo submitting a letter to the US government in November calling for the program’s requirements to be eased.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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In its editorial titled “Qatar… Force for Good in World,” Al-Sharq newspaper said that the State of Qatar spares no effort in working to stop the ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It continues its diplomatic movement in all directions and with all relevant parties, despite the stagnation in the negotiation process.

The State of Qatar continues on the humanitarian path in partnership with the United Nations, playing a key role in leading various humanitarian efforts around the world. The Qatari-UN partnership plays a vital role in numerous humanitarian crises, foremost among these efforts is alleviating the immense suffering in conflict and disaster areas such as the Gaza Strip, Sudan, Ukraine and Afghanistan, the newspaper noted.

In conclusion, Al-Sharq highlighted the diplomatic efforts led by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. These efforts encompass preventive diplomacy and mediation to resolve conflicts, humanitarian diplomacy, as well as
Qatar’s growing roles in joint action and multilateral cooperation to address major global challenges and issues. These efforts have strengthened Qatar’s position as a major force working for good in the world.

For its part, English newspaper The Peninsula denounced the Israeli attack on the media and journalists and noted that the Israeli attacks have targeted civilian infrastructure like hospitals, educational institutions, humanitarian organizations, homes and media outlets.

The attack on Gaza has taken a severe toll on media personnel. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, as of May 21, 2024, their investigations showed at least 105 journalists and media workers were killed since the war began on Oct. 7. CPJ is also investigating numerous unconfirmed reports of other journalists being killed, missing, detained, hurt, or threatened, and of damage to media offices and journalists homes, the newspaper noted.

By taking a strong hand approach against the media including various bans on coverage
from Gaza, Israel is trying to stymie the news about their atrocities coming out to the world. But as they stomp on news outlets, many locals are bravely showing the realities of Gaza through social media channels, The Peninsula concluded.

On the other hand, Al-Arab noted the outstanding results achieved by Qatari students during their participation in international competitions, the latest of which was winning 10 gold medals and two silver medals at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Malaysia.

In its editorial titled “Promising Future for Young Researchers,” Al-Arab said that the new achievement reflects the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s efforts to foster scientific research and innovation among students from the primary level. This paves the way for a promising future of young researchers who will become Qatar’s scientists of the future and elevate the nation’s name through global research projects.

The Ministry is taking steady steps in constantly
involving students in scientific research in parallel with their studies. The students who won the AETEX exhibition had worked on their projects for nearly 3 years of research, innovation and development, during which educational institutions in the country devoted their services and expertise to support their projects to gain a prominent position in international competitions, Al-Arab added.

The National Week for Scientific Research and Innovation, organized annually by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, plays a significant role in discovering talents and young researchers in schools. This initiative plants the concepts of scientific research from an early educational stage and develops innovative and research skills in students to prepare them as future leaders. No nation can currently rise economically without leadership in scientific research, Al-Arab concluded.

Source: Qatar News Agency