Foreign Minister Receives Phone Call from US Secretary of State

Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received a phone call from Secretary of State of the United States of America, Antony Blinken.

During the call, the two ministers discussed the latest developments in the Republic of Sudan, where they stressed the importance of stopping the military escalation between the conflicting parties and ending the violence.

The two sides reviewed the developments of the Saudi-American initiative to host representatives of the two parties in the city of Jeddah, which aims to prepare the necessary ground for dialogue to reduce the level of tensions there, in order to ensure the security and stability of Sudan and its brotherly people.

Aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries, prospects for cooperation in various fields, and issues of common interest were also discussed.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


UNHRC Holds Special Meeting on Sudan on May 11

The United Nations announced that its Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will hold a special meeting on May 11 to discuss the impact of the confrontations that Sudan has been witnessing since mid-April on human rights in the country.

In a statement, UNHRC said that this emergency meeting comes at the joint official request submitted by the United Kingdom, Norway, the United States and Germany, pointing out 52 countries supported the request so far.

The situation is getting more complicated in Sudan in light of the confrontations between the army and the Rapid Support Forces for about three weeks, the mutual lack of respect for the six ceasefire agreements, the wave of displacement towards neighboring countries, and a severe shortage of food and health services.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Summary of Local News Released Friday

Here is a summary of local news released on Friday: – HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HM King Philippe of the Kingdom of Belgium on the anniversary of his country’s National Day.

– HH the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HM King Philippe of the Kingdom of Belgium on the anniversary of his country’s National Day.

– HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HE Prime Minister of the Kingdom Belgium Alexander De Croo, on the anniversary of his country’s National Day.

– The Amiri Diwan mourned HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, who passed away on Friday morning.

– HE President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall awarded HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Senegal Mohammed bin Kurdi Taleb Al Marri the National Order of the Lion, in appreciation for his efforts in supporting and enhancing bilateral relations.

– The State of affirmed said its developmental and humanitarian assistance efforts are rooted in its 2030 National Vision, noting it aligns with its global peace, security and development commitments, guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development principles.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Department of Meteorology Expects Relatively Hot Weather Today

Weather inshore until 6:00 pm on Saturday will be relatively hot daytime and moderate by night and hazy later, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report.

Offshore will be fine, the report added.

Wind inshore will be Northwesterly – Northeasterly 05 – 15 KT.

Offshore, it will be Northwesterly – Northeasterly 05 – 15 KT, reaches 18 KT at first.

Visibility will be 4 to 8 KM.

Sea state inshore will be 1 to 2 FT, rises to 3 FT at first. Offshore, it will be 2 to 4 FT, rises to 5 FT at first.

Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Max ———— —————– —————– ———— Messaid : 05:10 – 19:13 00:44 – 12:10 34 Wakrah : 04:16 – 18:32 00:10 – 11:22 34 Doha : 03:44 – 17:41 11:36 – **:** 34 Al Khor : 04:01 – 17:37 11:55 – **:** 32 Ruwais : 05:26 – 17:40 11:40 – **:** 26 Dukhan : 10:49 – 23:04 04:42 – 16:50 30 ———————————————————————— Sunrise today : 04:54 LT Sunset today : 18:06 LT —————————————————

Source: Qatar News Agency


Information Minister praises national press contributions

Information Minister Dr. Ramzan bin Abdulla Alnoaimi congratulated the press and media community on Bahrain Press Day, annually observed on May 7.

He praised the role of the press in highlighting national achievements, noting the support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

In a statement today, he expressed thanks and gratitude to HM the King for designating the annual day, in tribute to the national press and its pivotal role down generations.

He commended the efforts of the press and media personnel in highlighting Bahrain’s achievements, while exercising their role professionally and competently.

Dr. Alnoaimi hailed the role of the youth who work in tandem with veterans which contributed to achieving tangible strides, noting that the press and media sector embraces young talents and provides training opportunities whether in the conventional or social media.

He reiterated commitment to support the role of the press and media work to keep pace with new developments while adhering to the media ethics.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


GCC Chief welcomes dialogue between Sudanese warring parties

GCC Secretary General Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi welcomed the joint initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America to start preliminary talks between representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces and members of the Rapid Support Forces.

The talks which were held today in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aim to pave the way for dialogue and reduce the level of tension in a way that guarantees the security and stability of Sudan and its brotherly people, and contributes to facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The GCC chief expressed his hope that these initial talks would contribute to reaching a comprehensive peaceful solution that would protect the unity and institutions of the Republic of Sudan and achieve the aspirations of the Sudanese people for security, peace, political stability and development.

The Secretary General affirmed that the Cooperation Council members are countries that support peace and always seek, through their well-established and extended diplomatic relations, to maintain regional and global peace and security.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


Princess of Wales pays homage to British heritage with Bahraini pearl , says DANAT CEO

According to the CEO of the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT), Noora Jamsheer, the recent appearance of the Princess of Wales Kate Middleton wearing Bahraini pearl drop earrings during celebrations in preparation for the coronation of King Charles III in the UK is a continuation of a longstanding tradition among members of the British royal family. This serves to reaffirm the world-renowned reputation of Bahraini pearls.

During the recent celebration in preparation for the coronation of King Charles III in the UK, Jamsheer, reminisced about the authentic pearl necklace and pearl earrings that the late Queen Elizabeth II had worn on several occasions.

When asked about the reasons for her continued preference for the necklace, the Queen reportedly stated that it was a natural Bahraini pearl that she had acquired half a century ago, yet it still maintained its original color and luster as if it were newly made.

“The adornment of Bahraini pearls by renowned international female personalities, in the form of necklaces, earrings, and other exquisite jewelry pieces, serves as a remarkable avenue for promoting the distinctiveness of these unique natural pearls.

Bahraini pearls have been a prominent cornerstone of Bahrain’s regional and global reputation, further emphasizing the message that Bahrain constantly sends to the world, reflecting the rich heritage and civilization of Bahrain.

Wearing or possessing Bahraini pearls not only confers a unique sense of distinction and exclusivity but also instills a profound source of pride for all those who cherish them.”

Jamsheer highlighted that throughout history, English, French, and American jewelers have visited Bahrain to procure the finest and most exquisite natural Bahraini pearls directly from their source.

These pearls have been taken to various parts of the world, where these jewelers have perfected their crafting and presentation.

She emphasized that the Danat Institute is dedicated to participating in international conferences and events to promote Bahrain as a prominent center for natural pearl extraction and trade.

Over the past five years, Danat has successfully implemented the National Plan for Natural Pearls, which seeks to establish Bahrain as a global hub for natural pearl examination.

Additionally, the Laboratory has become the first of its kind in the field of pearl and gemstone testing.

“Danat holds a significant responsibility at both the national and global level to protect Bahrain’s precious pearl. Our duties extend beyond preservation and include ensuring their sustainable extraction, safeguarding their integrity, and further enhancing their reputation as one of the most valuable and distinguished precious assets. We acknowledge the weight of our obligation and remain committed to fulfilling it with the utmost dedication and expertise,” Jamsheer said.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


Bahrain set to host IPC General Assembly

His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the General Sports Authority, and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, expressed his deep gratitude for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s selection to host the 2023 IPC General Assembly and Conference.

He emphasized that this achievement reflects Bahrain’s unwavering commitment to sports and its growing prominence in the global sports community. In particular, he highlighted the country’s dedication to supporting Para sports.

He noted that the Bahrain Paralympic Committee has become a hub of expertise in various Para sports. Overall, hosting the 2023 IPC General Assembly and Conference is a significant milestone for Bahrain and Bahrain Paralympic Committee (BPC) at all levels.

The BPC successfully secured the hosting rights for the 2023 IPC General Assembly and Conference, amid several countries competing for the opportunity. The event will take place in Bahrain from 27-29 September 2023, following the previous IPC General Assembly held remotely in 2021.

He acknowledged the outstanding support towards the Paralympic Movement from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the country’s monarch, and the interest shown by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

He acknowledged the pivotal role played by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, National Security Adviser and President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, in advancing the field of sports and its associated organizations, particularly Paralympic sports.

Under his direction, the Kingdom of Bahrain has successfully hosted several significant events, including the most important international meetings and world championships, which have greatly enhanced its global standing in the sporting world.

His Highness praised the tremendous efforts of the BPC, led by Shaikh Mohamed bin Duaij Al Khalifa, in working with sincerity and dedication to empower Para athletes who bring honor to the Kingdom of Bahrain in national and international forums.

The Committee has also played a prominent role in hosting various national and international games, and in achieving significant accomplishments in Paralympic sports.

President of the Bahrain Paralympic Committee Shaikh Mohamed bin Duaij Al Khalifa, expressed his gratitude to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for entrusting the Kingdom of Bahrain with the responsibility of hosting the 2023 IPC General Assembly and Conference.

He also highlighted the Committee’s commitment to presenting proposals and supporting initiatives that contribute to the development of international Paralympic sports.

The IPC is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. It coordinates the organization of both the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Winter Games. The IPC serves as the International Federation for six Para sports, overseeing and coordinating world championships and other competitions. The IPC’s vision is to make for an inclusive world through Para sport.

Source: Bahrain News Agency