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Saudi Arabia and the US Announce that Representatives of the SAF and RSF Agreed to a 24-hour Countrywide Ceasefire Beginning on June 10 at 6:00 a.m. Khartoum Time

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America announce that representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to a 24-hour countrywide ceasefire beginning on June 10 at 6:00 a.m. Khartoum time. The parties agreed that during the ceasefire they will refrain from prohibited movements, attacks, use of aircraft or drones, aerial bombardment, artillery strikes, reinforcement of positions and resupply of forces, and will refrain from seeking military advantage during the ceasefire. They also agreed to allow the unimpeded movement and delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout the country.

The facilitators share the frustration of the Sudanese people about the uneven implementation of previous ceasefires. The facilitators proposed this latest initiative in an effort to break the cycle of violence. If observed, the 24-hour ceasefire will provide an important opportunity to deliver humanitarian assistance and for the parties to undertake confidence-building measures which could permit resumption of the Jeddah talks. Should the parties fail to observe the 24-hour ceasefire, facilitators will be compelled to consider adjourning the Jeddah talks.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Saudi Accreditation Center Celebrates International Day for Accreditation

The Saudi Accreditation Center celebrated the International Day for Accreditation, which falls on June 9 of each year, organizing forum activities under the slogan “Accreditation and Promoting the Future of International Trade” in the presence of the Governor of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization Dr. Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi and a number of officials, experts and those interested in the fields of accreditation and quality with the active participation of government and private agencies.

In a key speech, the Executive Director of the Saudi Accreditation Center, Dr. Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qaid, referred to the importance of accreditation and its role in promoting international trade by raising the quality of products and creating reliable local and global supply chains.

During the forum, two discussion sessions were held, the first entitled “The Quality of Saudi Industry… Ensuring Access to Global Markets” and the second entitled “The Role of Quality in Supporting Global Supply Chains”, with the participation of speakers from government agencies and private companies.

The Saudi Accreditation Center is keen to celebrate International Accreditation Day in conjunction with the celebration of the International Accreditation Forum “IAF” and the International Laboratory Accreditation Organization “ILAC” in addition to international accreditation bodies around the world, based on its strategic objectives aimed at qualifying the quality system in the field of accreditation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become among the top ten countries in the world by the year 2030.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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HM King receives cables of congratulations

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, today received more cables of congratulations on the success of Staff Lieutenant Commander His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in completing the Joint Command and Staff Course at the US Marine Corps University, in Virginia, the United States of America.

The cables were from:

— Southern Governor His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa.

— Founder and Chairperson of the Royal Life Saving Bahrain Her Highness Shaikha Nayla bint Hamad bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa.

— Deputy President of the Supreme Judicial Council, President of the Court of Cassation, Shaikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

— Muharraq Club Chairman Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

— Bahraini Ambassador to Germany Abdullah Abdullatif Abdullah.

— Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr. Waleed bin Khalifa Al Mena.

— Chief Executive of the Primary Healthcare Centres Dr. Luluwa Rashid Shweiter.

— Deputy Chief Executive of the National Communication Centre Ahmed Khalid Al-Oraifi.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Afro-Asian Affairs Chief meets Bhutan Prime Minister

Ambassador Fatima Abdulla Fares Aldhaen, Chief of Afro-Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister of Bhutan on the sideline of their visit for the 2nd Cycle Review on the implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The Prime Minister of Bhutan praised Bahrain’s advancement and development in all fields, and wished the Kingdom further success and prosperity.

Ambassador Aldhaen expressed Bahrain’s keenness to enhance ties with Bhutan in all fields as well as the advancing of cooperation to benefit the two countries.

She reviewed the accomplishments of Bahrain during its Chairmanship of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) from 2021-2022, in addition to highlighting Bhutan’s active role during its membership in the ACD.

The meeting spotlighted topics of common interest and development on the regional and international scene.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Sabya Governorate Police Arrests Violator of Border Security for Promoting Narcotics

The police in Sabya Governorate, located in the Jazan Region, have apprehended a Yemeni national who violated the border security law by selling amphetamine pills. During the arrest, authorities discovered the individual in possession of live ammunition and mobile phones. Legal procedures were initiated against the offender, and he has been referred to the appropriate authorities for further action.

The Security agencies are calling on the public to report any information concerning drug smuggling or selling by calling (911) in the regions of Makkah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Province and (999) in the rest of the Kingdom’s regions. They can also contact the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (995) or email (995@gdnc.gov.sa). All reports will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Syrian citizens in occupied Golan renew adherence to Syrian real-estate documents of their land

The Syrian people in the occupied Syrian Golan permanently show their firm stance through their commitment to their land and rejection of the Israeli occupation hostile measures, though of the Israeli suppressive practices against them to tighten the noose on them and forcing them to leave their lands with the aim of seizing and Judaizing their lands, and replacing them with the settlers.

The Israeli occupation’s schemes to Judaize the Syrian Golan, and to make features, demographic and geographic changes in it have started since its occupation, 56 years ago, when the occupation destroyed 131 villages and 112 farms and perpetrated the most heinous massacres against its people.

The occupation also has displaced 131,000 out of 138,000 of the population in it, while 7,000 of them remained in the villages of Majdal Shams, Masada, Baqatha, Ain Quniyah and Ghajar, where their number reached to 25,000 by the end of 2022.

The Israeli occupation’s attempts to seize the Lands of the people in occupied Golan did not stop under the pretext of that their owners are not existed, ignoring that the occupation is the one which forced them to leave their lands, despite of that they have documents in the Syrian Real Estate records that prove their ownership of these lands.

In 2009, as it did in 1992, the Israeli occupation reattempted to impose its documents on the Syrian citizens in occupied Golan, but they categorically rejected it and thwarted the occupation’s attempt, voicing adherence to their Syrian identity and documents.

They also stressed that all the occupation’s measures in the Golan are rejected and null and void because it is an occupied Syrian land which should return to its motherland which is proved by dozens of UN resolutions that were issued since its occupation in 1967, on top of which, the UN Security Council’s resolution no. 497 for the year 1981 which provides that these measures are null and void and have no legal effect.

Recently, the Israeli authorities repeated its attempt for the fourth time, in the lands of Masada and al-Mahames area, where they threatened the citizens to seize the lands of those who reject to hand over the Syrian real-estate documents, but the Syrian citizens also renewed their rejection to hand over these documents, and they confirmed that any documents issued by the Israel occupation are illegal and not accepted, but it is an attempt to Judaize the land.

The struggle of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan continues and their determination to continue this struggle is firm until liberating every inch of its land supported by the Syrian State which permanently affirmed that the Golan is a part of its land that would return to it, it is a firm right that does not subject to relinquishment or prescription.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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President al-Assad receives Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala, Syria’s permanent representative to Arab League

President Bashar al-Assad received on Thursday Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala, Syria’s permanent representative to the Arab League .

President al-Assad provided Ambassador Ala with his directives before heading to Cairo to assume his duties.

President al-Assad issued the Decree No. 126 for the year 2023, which stipulates naming Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala, as permanent representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the League of Arab States.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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HM King congratulated by BDF Commander-in Chief

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, today received a cable of congratulations from the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, on the success of His Highness Staff Lieutenant Commander Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, in completing the Joint Command and Staff Course at the US Marine Corps University, in Virginia, the United States of America.

In the cable, the BDF chief wished HH Staff Lieutenant Commander Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa success in his efforts and career to serve the homeland under the wise leadership of HM the King.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Interior Minister highlights Bahrain’s efforts to promote peaceful co-existence

Interior Minister General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa attended a ceremony hosted by U.S-based Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E). marking the 40th anniversary of its establishment.

Bahrain Ambassador in Washington and first member of the board of directors of the organization from outside the United States Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa was also present.

A curriculum for peaceful coexistence and combating extremism was launched within the framework of the modernization process of the program to combat violence and addiction “Together” which is being implemented by the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The training curriculum has been translated into Arabic, in line with Arab customs and traditions, in partnership with the American organization D.A.R.E.

Addressing the ceremony which was at the headquarters of the United States Institute of Peace of the US Congress, Francisco Pejeros, CEO, confirmed that Bahrain’s implementation of the program is exemplary.

He stressed the positive impact of the program, noting the curricula was reviewed and evaluated in cooperation and partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

He commended efforts to develop the curriculum of peaceful coexistence and combating extremism, stressing that the strong relationship between the organization, the Bahraini Ministry of Interior and the university has been strengthened through these endeavors.

Michelle Leonhart, D.A.R.E Chairman, who previously held the position of Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the United States, confirmed that the program is taught annually to more than 2.5 million students in the United States and 28 other countries,

She praised partnership between the organization and the Ministry of Interior in the Kingdom of Bahrain, describing Bahrain’s implementation of the program as being a model to emulate.

Interior Minister Gen. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifawas honored and awarded by the officials of the organization.

The minister then delivered a speech, thanking all the attendees in the ceremony. He highlighted the strong partnership between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States, commending joint efforts to stave off threats and overcome challenges.

He hailed the successful launch of the curriculum for peaceful coexistence and combating extremism, describing the blueprint as key step in concerted collective efforts to confront extremism, which is a global challenge.

He stressed the ministry’s efforts to promote basic values to combat intolerance and extremism, highlighting the national plan to promote national belonging and consolidate the values of citizenship (Bahrainouna).

“The scheme which was launched in 2019 aims to enhance a sense of community and national identity among all members of Bahraini society, and consolidate the principles of unity, development and prosperity”, he said.

He highlited the role of community police in strengthening partnership between citizens and the police and implementing programs aimed to counter intolerance and extremism.

He noted that ministry launched the program to combat violence and addiction “Ma’an”, which is approved by the D.A.R.E. in the United States, has reduced child misbehavior in schools by 56 percent since its inception in 2011.

Addressing the ceremong, the minister quoted His Majesty King Hamad bin isa Al Khalifa, who said in a keynote speech “Ignorance is the enemy of peace, and it is our duty to learn, share and live together through our belief in a faith that unites us in the spirit of love and mutual respect.”

He stressed the importance of the curriculm as an initiative, in line with HM the King’s vision, aimed at promoting tolerance, peace and mutual respect and reinforcing core values through education.

“The ministry is striving to bring up a generation that is more resistant to extremism and ready to confront extremist ideas with messages of tolerance and peaceful coexistence”, he said, noting the effective impact of “Maan” programme on schoolchildren in Bahrain.

Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA)

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Qatari-Kyrgyz Parliamentary Friendship Group Chairman to QNA: HH the Amir’s Visit to Bishkek Promotes Cooperation Between Asian Countries

HE Shura Council Member and Chairman of Qatari-Kyrgyz Parliamentary Friendship Group, Eng. Ahmed bin Hitmi Al Hitmi stressed the importance of the visit of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thanis visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, as part of his tour of a number of countries in Central Asia, praising the keenness of His Highness on strengthening the bonds of cooperation between the State of Qatar and various countries worldwide.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency , His Excellency said the visit of HH the Amir to the Kyrgyz Republic is of special importance as it comes at a time when the two countries are marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relationships. His Excellency added that the two sides have been in continuous multi-level communication, including the parliamentary affairs.

He highlighted the historic ties between the Gulf region and Central Asia and their resulting cultural and civilizational communication among peoples, as well as trade relations, given the outstanding geographical location of both regions. His Excellency highlighted the deep-rooted fraternal relationships between the peoples in the Gulf region and Kyrgyzstan.

He stressed the Shura Council’s keenness to enhance and consolidate relations with the Kyrgyz Parliament, highlighting the numerous meetings that brought together Shura Council delegations and Kyrgyz lawmakers, whether in Doha or in regional and international parliamentary forums, in a way that reflects the keenness of the two sides to coordinate positions on various issues of concern to the two countries and the Arab and Islamic worlds.

HE the Shura Council member concluded his remarks to QNA by stressing that the Qatari-Kyrgyz Parliamentary Friendship Group will contribute to the development of parliamentary work between the two countries, enhance the exchange of expertise, and raise the level of coordination on various pressing issues on the agenda of parliamentary activities in a bid to unify visions and attitudes towards it.

Source: Qatar News Agency