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Qatar to take on Iraq in Gulf Cup opener

Doha, Qatar will hope to maintain their form when they take on Iraq in the opening match of 24th Arab Gulf Cup here at the Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday.

This is the fourth time that the tournament is being hosted in Doha after 1976, 1992 and 2004, with Qatar winning it twice (1992 & 2004).

Looking forward to start the competition as a part of our 2022 World Cup preparations,” said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez at the pre-match press conference on Monday.

The reigning AFC Asian Cup champions have been in good form in the World Cup qualifiers where they are currently top Group E. Though the team struggled in their 1-0 over Afghanistan on November 19, Sanchez exuded confidence.

We had a good preparation after we came back from Dushanbe in Tajikstan. The boys are in a good frame of mind. We want to go for a push in this tournament,” said the Spaniard. Playing in Doha is important. The support of the fans will motivate us.”

Asked whether Qatar would be under pressure, Sanchez said, It’s good to play under pressure like what we did at the AFC Asian Cup and Copa America. We’ve to deal with each game separately.”

The three-time champions will also be hoping to end the year on a high note by winning the regional competition. But Sanchez is aware of the challenges as the hosts are clubbed with Iraq, UAE and Yemen.

We had played the UAE in the Asian Cup. We had a good result against them. But the Gulf Cup is a new tournament. If we’ve to progress to the knock-out stage, we must play with a positive frame of mind.”

Qatar captain Hassan Al Haidous said that the opening match in any tournament will always be a difficult one.

But the Al Sadd striker also added, Gulf Cup has a special flavour. We want to make our people happy with another great victory as we did at the Asian Cup in January.”

Squad: Saad al-Sheeb, Pedro, Salem al-Hajri, Tariq Salman, Abdulkarim Hassan, Boualem Khoukhi, Hassan al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Bassam al-Rawi, Almoez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Ismail Hamad, Mohamed Montari, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Salah, Fahd Shanin, Youssef Abdel Razzaq, Musab Khader, Abdul Aziz Hatem, Fahd Younis, Mahdi Ali, Abdullah Abdul Salam, Mohamed Bakri.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Commander-in-Chief receives Shaikh Mohammed bin Atiyatallah

Manama, BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, received Shaikh Mohammed bin Atiyatallah Al Khalifa.

During the meeting, friendly talks of mutual interest were exchanged.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Qatar-Singapore urban planning forum convenes in Doha

A Qatar-Singapore urban planning forum was launched in Doha yesterday morning in the presence of senior officials from the two countries.

The opening of the forum was attended by Fahad al-Qahtani, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME); Abdullah al-Karani, director of the Urban Planning Department at the MME, Ibrahim Abbas, director of the Infrastructure Planning Department; and Turki Fahd al-Turki, assistant director of the Urban Planning Department, alongside Han Yong Hoe, deputy CEO at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and head of the Singaporean delegation, and Singapore?s ambassador to Qatar Jai S Sohan.

Al-Qahtani said that the event, ?Urban Forum Qatar-Singapore?, is being held in Doha as a key outcome of a co-operation agreement signed between the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and the Urban Development Planning Sector in Qatar in 2009, which resulted in a number of recommendations and important decisions in the field.

He said the forum is a good platform to exchange technical expertise and experiences and explore the possibility of future co-operation between the two countries in the field with all the involved challenges and opportunities.

He noted that the forum would further enhance the exchange of experiences and introduce the Singaporean delegation to the latest key projects in Qatar.

The official added that a number of urban planning employees were delegated to Singapore for training.

In the past two years, five employees studied there as an outcome of the co-operation agreement signed earlier.

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment

MME to raise awareness on public hygiene law

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented by the General Cleanliness Department, in cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, launched yesterday a campaign to create awareness about public hygiene law at premises of the Government Services Complex in Al Rayyan.

The campaign titled ‘Keep It Clean’ aims at educating a large number of people about hygiene rules as government services complexes attract huge number of visitors.

The launch ceremony was attended by the Director of General Cleanliness Department at MME, Muqbil Madhour Al Shammari; Director of Government Services Complexes at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Muslim Mohamad Al Rashidi; Assistant Director of Government Services Complexes, Nasser Al Subaie; and Head of the Awareness Section at General Cleanliness Department, Muna Al Saai.

‘Under the campaign, LED screens will be installed at 10 government services complexes displaying the awareness messages about the provisions of public hygiene law and major violations of the law,’ said Muqbil Madhour Al Shammari.

He said that awareness brochures and leaflets will be distributed to the visitors of government services complexes. ‘In the next phase, the campaign (Keep It Clean) will cover malls, shopping complexes and cinema halls to approach maximum number of people,’ said Al Shammari.

He said that the drive aims at creating awareness to influence the behaviour of people to comply with the provisions of public hygiene law rather than to catch violations. ‘Special awareness programmes are being designed to raise awareness in all segments of the society, including workers about provisions of the law,’ said Al Shammari adding that the new programmes will be announced soon.

He said that a programme for sorting wastes from the sources has begun this year. ‘The programme will be implemented in four stages covering all establishments and institutions such as schools, hospitals and banks,’ said Al Shammari. He said that under the programme, all venues of 2022 FIFA Wrold Cup will be provided with garbage bins in different colours and sizes to sort the wastes from sources.

Muslim Mohamad Al Rashidi said that the campaign carries important messages to create awareness among all segments of the society.

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment

Al Ahnaf Bin Qais Preparatory School Students Join Ashghal to Plant 60 Trees at Legtaifiya St Project

A group of students from Al Ahnaf Bin Qais Preparatory Independent School for Boys joined the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ today 23 October 2019, in planting plant 60 trees at Legtaifiya Street Development Project, as part of the ongoing campaign Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees, launched by the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.

On this occasion, Mr. Hassan Ali Mohammed Al Mal, Legtaifiya Office Manager at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, praised the efforts of all concerned entities to implement beautification projects, including Legtaifiya Street Development Project, pointing out the importance of the project in providing a pedestrian-friendly environment and adding an aesthetic appearance in this vital area which connects several major and touristic destinations. He added: We highly appreciate engaging the students in such activities as they enhance environmental values and develop their skills in preserving the environment.

For his part, Mr. Ali bin Fahad Al Shahwani Al Hajri, CMC Member for the second constituency, said: We thank Ashghal and all participating entities for their efforts in implementing beautification works around Qatar, and engaging school students in planting trees in order to promote awareness among all society segments on the importance of environmental protection; being everyone’s responsibility.

Eng. Fatima Adel AlZarraa, member of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, noted that Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees Campaign witnessed a great cooperation and interaction from the participating students, and was able to attract the attention of other schools and the general public. She added that Ashghal received a large number of participation requests by schools of various educational levels, which reflects the campaign’s success in encouraging students to actively contribute to the beautification of Qatar.

Mr. Nasser Al-Qahtani, Principal of Al-Ahnaf Bin Qais Preparatory Independent School for Boys expressed his appreciation for Ashghal’s efforts to provide school students with the opportunity to participate in the current beautification works throughout the country and see the results in the future, as this will enhance their awareness of their important role in beautifying their country and contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Mr. Abdulla Mohammed Al Hamadi, Champion in Cycling & Resident of Legtaifiya Area, resident of Legtaifiya area, expressed his appreciation of the beautification efforts of all concerned entites, and said: Works are underway in various areas and in various fields, and we can already see the results of these efforts on ground. It is nice to see our children contribute to the prosperity of their country.

Student Mohammed Ahmed Al Ajami, one of the participants of the planting event today, said: I loved planting trees as it is different from the activities we usually do at school, and I liked to participate in beautifying my country and making it green. I’m happy that my school enabled us to participate in this activity.

It is worth mentioning that Legtaifiya Street Development Project is located in a vital area as it connects many residential areas with important destinations such as the Qatar University, the Pearl, Lusail City, and the Cultural Village “Katara”. The project includes green areas covering 34,340 square meters, over 640 trees, and street furniture including rest areas at intersections and public squares with about 60 seats. This is in addition to the implementation of 10 kilometers of pedestrian and cycle paths.

Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees Campaign

The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar is implementing Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees campaign, which will continue until the end of 2021, through weekly events to plant trees in the country with participation of students from various schools and educational levels, with the aim of increasing their awareness on the importance of preserving the environment and contributing to its prosperity.

The Committee is responsible for five major tasks including construction of central public parks, provision of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, development of the Doha Corniche, development of Central Doha, and increasing afforestation and greenery areas, in coordination with several ministries and other entities in the country.

Source: Ashghal

UAE participates in government forum to combat human trafficking in Bahrain.

The UAE has participated in the ‘Government Forum to Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Middle East’ in Bahrain.

The forum, held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, and the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, took place from 14th-16th October 2019.

Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani, MOFAIC’s Assistant Minister for International Organisations Affairs, led the UAE delegation during the two-day forum, which saw national committee representatives from eight Middle Eastern countries discuss the challenges of combating human trafficking in the region.

During the forum, Al Hosani highlighted the UAE’s efforts to curb the trafficking of persons via direct cooperation with source and transit countries and international bodies and organisations.

He also stressed the importance of identifying the regional causes of human trafficking in order to train those involved in combatting trafficking and raise awareness within communities and among vulnerable persons in cooperation with embassies and global organisations.

Al Hosani also pointed out the need to launch joint initiatives, exchange expertise, and promote further cooperation to combat human trafficking.

The forum’s participating countries welcomed the idea of hosting the next meeting in the UAE.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Trump imposes sanctions on Turkey, threatens its economy

Washington, Targeting Turkey’s economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks’ assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria � an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way.

The United States on Monday also called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a cease-fire, and Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O’Brien to Ankara as soon as possible in an attempt to begin negotiations, The Associated Press reported.

Pence said Trump spoke directly to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who promised not attack the border town of Kobani, which in 2015 witnessed the Islamic State group’s first defeat in a battle by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters.

President Trump communicated to him very clearly that the United States of American wants Turkey to stop the invasion, implement an immediate cease-fire and to begin to negotiate with Kurdish forces in Syria to bring an end to the violence, Pence said, quoted by the AP.

The Americans were scrambling for Syria’s exits, a move criticized at home and abroad as opening the door to a resurgence of the Islamic State group, whose violent takeover of Syrian and Iraqi lands five years ago was the reason American forces came in the first place.

Trump said the approximately 1,000 U.S. troops who had been partnering with local Kurdish fighters to battle IS in northern Syria are leaving the country. They will remain in the Middle East, he said, to monitor the situation and to prevent a revival of IS � a goal that even Trump’s allies say has become much harder as a result of the U.S. pullout.

The Turks began attacks in Syria last week against the Syrian Kurdish fighters, whom the Turks see as terrorists. On Monday, Syrian government troops moved north toward the border region, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces.

Trump said Turkey’s invasion is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes, a reference to reports of Turkish-backed fighters executing Kurdish fighters on the battlefield.

The Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S. said they had reached a deal with President Bashar Assad’s government to help them fend off Turkey’s invasion, a move that brings Russian forces deeper into the conflict.

In his sanctions announcement, Trump said he was halting negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey and raising steel tariffs back up to 50%. Trump also imposed sanctions on three senior Turkish officials and Turkey’s defense and energy ministries.

I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path, Trump said.

According to the AP, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions will hurt an already weak Turkish economy. Pence said the U.S. will continue to ramp up the sanctions unless Turkey is willing to embrace a cease-fire, come to the negotiating table and end the violence.

American troops consolidated their positions in northern Syria on Monday and prepared to evacuate equipment in advance of a full withdrawal, a U.S. defense official said.

The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said U.S. officials were weighing options for a potential future counter-IS campaign, including the possibility of waging it with a combination of air power and special operations forces based outside Syria, perhaps in Iraq.

The hurried preparations for a U.S. exit were triggered by Trump’s decision Saturday to expand a limited troop pullout into a complete withdrawal.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday he would travel to NATO headquarters in Brussels next week to urge European allies to impose diplomatic and economic measures against Turkey � a fellow NATO ally � for what Esper called Ankara’s egregious actions.

Esper said Turkey’s incursion had created unacceptable risk to U.S. forces in northern Syria and we also are at risk of being engulfed in a broader conflict.

The only exception to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria is a group of perhaps 200 troops who will remain at a base called Tanf in southern Syria near the Jordanian border along the strategically important Baghdad-to-Damascus highway. Those troops work with Syrian opposition forces unrelated to the Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria.

Esper said the U.S. withdrawal would be done carefully to protect the troops and to ensure no U.S. equipment was left behind. He declined to say how long that might take.

In a series of tweets Monday, Trump defended his gamble that pulling U.S. forces out of Syria would not weaken U.S. security and credibility. He took sarcastic swipes at critics who say his Syria withdrawal amounts to a betrayal of the Kurds and plays into the hands of Russia.

Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte, he wrote. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!

Trump has dug in on his decision to pull out the troops, believing it fulfills a key campaign promise and will be a winning issue in the 2020 election, according to White House officials.

This has effectively ended a five-year effort to partner with Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters to ensure a lasting defeat of the Islamic State group. Hundreds of IS supporters escaped a holding camp amid clashes between invading Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters, and analysts said an IS resurgence seemed more likely, just months after Trump declared the extremists defeated.

Trump spoke about the IS detainees in a phone call Monday with Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani. Pence said Mazloum assured the president that Kurdish forces would continue to support the prisons holding IS fighters.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, normally a staunch Trump supporter, said he was gravely concerned by events in Syria and Trump’s response so far.

Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria would re-create the very conditions that we have worked hard to destroy and invite the resurgence of ISIS, he said in a statement. And such a withdrawal would also create a broader power vacuum in Syria that will be exploited by Iran and Russia, a catastrophic outcome for the United States’ strategic interests.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump is weakening America. To be clear, this administration’s chaotic and haphazard approach to policy by tweet is endangering the lives of U.S. troops and civilians, Menendez said in a statement.

However, Trump got quick support from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who earlier had lambasted his withdrawal decision as shortsighted, ?irresponsible and unnerving to its core.

Graham said he was asked to join the president and his team for phone calls with the key leaders in the conflict.

President Trump made it clear to President Erdogan this incursion is widely unpopular in the United States, greatly destabilizing to the region, is putting in jeopardy our successes against ISIS, and will eventually benefit Iran, Graham said.

The Kurds have turned to the Syrian government and Russia for military assistance, further complicating the battlefield.

The prospect of enhancing the Syrian government’s position on the battlefield and inviting Russia to get more directly involved is seen by Trump’s critics as a major mistake. But he tweeted that it shouldn’t matter.

Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other, he wrote. Let them!

Source: Bahrain News Agency

UAE concludes participation in Arab Human Rights Commission meeting.

The UAE has concluded its participation in the first periodic review of its report on the Arab Charter of Human Rights before the Arab Human Rights Commission Charter Committee. The two-day conference took place from October 14-15, 2019, at the Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt.

Led by H.E. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Human Rights and International Law, the UAE delegation discussed its efforts towards promoting human rights and enshrining them in law.

During the second day of the Committee meeting, His Excellency reviewed the UAE’s achievements in the areas of empowering women and protecting the rights of children, people of determination, senior citizens, and employees. In addition, efforts to combat human trafficking and promote tolerance were addressed.

Al Jarman then pointed to the results of the fourth Federal National Council elections held in the UAE earlier this month, with more than 337,000 voters taking part in electing youth candidates, who made up more than 61 percent of representatives nationwide. His Excellency pointed out that these elections constitute an important milestone in the political empowerment program launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2005, which aims to strengthen the role of the Federal National Council and empower UAE citizens to contribute to the nation’s development.

His Excellency also discussed decree No. 1 of 2019, issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, to raise the representation of women in the Federal National Council to 50% during its fourth session in a historic move that promotes the political empowerment of women and enhances their role in decision-making.

During two discussion sessions between the UAE delegation and members of the Arab Human Rights Commission, UAE representatives responded to questions asked by the Committee on the UAE’s efforts towards implementing articles of the Arab Charter for Human Rights at the national level. Committee members praised the UAE’s active participation in the debate, in addition to its general commitment to promoting and protecting human rights.

The two sessions were followed by a joint press conference between H.E. Ahmed Al Jarman and H.E. Mohammed Al-Dhahi, Advisor and Chairman of the Arab Human Rights Commission.

The UAE was one of the first countries to ratify the Arab Charter of Human Rights in 2006, and its initial report to the Arab Human Rights Commission was reviewed in 2013. The UAE is keen to strengthen its cooperation with regional human rights mechanisms, including the Charter Committee, and seeks to benefit from dialogue with the Committee to exchange best practices in the field of human rights.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs