Japan PM, German Chancellor affirm specific coop.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday confirmed their intention to form specific bilateral cooperation on the basis of such outcomes from their governments’ dialogue two months ago, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said.

During their talks in Hiroshima, western Japan, prior to the three-day summit of the Group of Seven (G-7) major democracies beginning Friday, Kishida and Scholz shared the view that the first meeting of the Japan-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations in March in Tokyo produced “important outcomes in further expanding and deepening bilateral cooperations, particularly in the field of economic security,” the ministry said in a press release.

The two leaders vowed to continue to impose strict sanctions against Russia and provide strong support for Ukraine, and confirmed their intention to convey to the world the G-7’s determination to maintain a free and open international order based on the rule of law and to demonstrate unwavering solidarity with Ukraine at the G-7 Hiroshima Summit.

In addition, Kishida and Scholz agreed to continue to work closely together in dealing with various issues concerning China and North Korea. They also discussed the importance of cooperation with the countries of the Global South and affirmed their commitment to work closely together to this end.

Scholz is visiting Japan to attend the summit meeting of the G-7, which consists of Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the US.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Italian Minister of Defense confirms that the stability of Libya is essential for his country.

Italian Defense Minister Guido Cruzetto affirmed that the stability of Libya is essential for his country.

This came in a briefing to the minister before the joint foreign and defense committees in the Italian House of Representatives and Senate, according to the Italian Nova news agency.

“So far we have achieved very little compared to the efforts made in Libya,” said Cruzetto, enumerating the different missions in which Italy will participate in Libya in 2023 at the national, international and European levels.

Cruzetto also emphasized that Italy is ready to play the role of “facilitator and coordinator” in the reunification of the Libyan armed forces, as conditions are created according to Nova.

Source: Libyan News Agency

Kuwait Amir’s Rep. heads to Saudi Arabia for Arab summit

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s Representative, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and his accompanying delegation, left for Saudi Arabia on Friday morning to lead Kuwait’s delegation partaking in the 32nd Arab Summit in Jeddah.

His Highness the Amir’s Representative was seen off at the airport by His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince’s Diwan Chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy Chairman of the National Guard Sheikh Faisal Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Acting Defense Minister Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and senior state officials.

His Highness the Amir’s Representative has an accompanying delegation comprising Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Manaf Al-Hajri and senior officials of His Highness the Crown Prince’s Diwan.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Mnifi calls, to support the efforts of the African Union and the United Nations to achieve national reconciliation in Libya.

President of the Presidential Council, “Muhammad Al-Mnifi,” affirmed that the Council is following up with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, the efforts of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee in order to unify the army, and support the steps of the House of Representatives and the State through the 6 + 6 committee assigned It has consensus on electoral laws leading to holding elections that lead the country to security and stability.

In his speech at the Arab summit, which began today, Friday, in Jeddah, Al-Mnifi expressed his high appreciation for following up the situation in Libya, calling for a greater role in supporting the efforts of the African Union and the United Nations to move forward with the national reconciliation project and to move away from everything that causes national divisions, leading to holding elections in Libya within 2023.

Al-Mnifi said, “We call on our Arab brothers to adopt a unified stance towards the situation in Libya, foremost of which is the departure of all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan lands, and to stop negative and non-constructive interference and support the democratic path and the peaceful transfer of power.”

In his speech, Mnifi affirmed Libya’s readiness to engage in efforts to resolve the crisis in Sudan, in a way that ends the fighting between brothers and preserves stability in the region.

Source: Libyan News Agency

UAE President directs Ministry of Community Development and Etihad Water ; Electricity to support low-income farm owners

ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2023 (WAM) President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed that the Ministry of Community Development, in coordination with Etihad Water and Electricity, to support low-income farm owners. The Ministry of Community Development and Etihad Water and Electricity stated that a subsidy will be applied starting from July 2023 through a direct deduction from the monthly electricity consumption bill. The support of His Highness is in line with leadership’s commitment to empower Emiratis and ensure a decent standard of living in the UAE. Muhammad AamirHazem Hussein

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

UAE Maritime Week puts industry excellence in focus

DUBAI, 19th May, 2023 (WAM) The three-day Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East 2023 event, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI UAE), concluded successfully. The event highlighted the achievements and advancements that have established the UAE as a prominent global shipping hub. On the final day, discussions focused on industry trends, updates, and the importance of good governance in promoting excellence within the sector. Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East 2023 brought together influential leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing. Participants engaged in discussions addressing key issues affecting the growth of the UAE’s trade and logistics sectors. The event showcased the nation’s commitment to excellence, featuring topics such as sustainable shipping practices, digitalization, and logistics innovation, highlighting the UAE’s continuous efforts to drive the industry forward. Ibrahim Behairy, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, WinGD, said, “By shining a spotlight on the latest trends and best practices, Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East 2023 provided a platform to exchange ideas and experiences, ultimately fuelling a culture of healthy competition. For me, the valuable insights into cutting-edge technologies, disruptive business models, and emerging market opportunities, enabling maritime organisations to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive environment, was the highlight of the event.” Chris Morley, Group Director, Seatrade Maritime, said, “Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East 2023 was pivotal in fostering collaboration and driving positive change within the maritime industry. It is paramount that we prioritise sustainable practices and actively work towards reducing our carbon footprint as we forge a path towards a greener future. I commend the UAE for taking the lead in initiating important dialogues and proposing practical strategies and solutions. The event provided an invaluable platform for industry leaders to exchange ideas and insights for a more safe and secure future.” UAE Maritime Week is the essential meeting place for professionals with a vested interest in developing the maritime sector across the UAE. Taking place annually from 15th to 19th May in Dubai, the week-long series of events provides participants with a critical opportunity to meet, build partnerships and exchange ideas as the region continues to emerge as a prominent industry hub.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

UAE sends relief supply ship to Sudan

ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2023 (WAM) — A UAE aid ship carrying 1,000 tonnes of supplies and food arrived in Port Sudan on Friday, to provide urgent support to Sudanese refugees affected by the current situation in Sudan, which has caused the displacement of thousands of families, and a shortage of basic foodstuffs. The aid ship is part of the UAE’s continuous relief efforts to support the Sudanese people and an embodiment of its humanitarian vision to alleviate the humanitarian repercussions facing the people of Sudan as a result of the current crisis. The UAE has provided more than 540 tonnes of food supplies and emergency medical supplies via 14 aircraft, bringing the total aid provided to Sudan to 1,540 tonnes. The UAE has sent nine planes to Sudan since the beginning of the conflict to evacuate 997 people, including nationals from a number of countries, as part of its humanitarian efforts and commitment to strengthening global cooperation and solidarity, and in continuation of its humanitarian approach based on providing protection for civilians, and extending assistance to countries in times of need. The UAE also continues to provide all hosting and care services for nationals of approximately 26 different countries who were evacuated via the UAE’s planes, prior to their return to their home countries. Tariq Al Fahaam/ Hazem Hussein

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

FNC, Pan-African Parliament discuss enhancing ties

class=”slides ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2023 (WAM) — The parliamentary delegation of the Federal National Council (FNC) met with Fortune Charumbira, the President of the Pan-African Parliament, during the 3rd Pan African Parliamentarians Summit on Climate Policy and Equity in Midrand, South Africa. The FNC delegation, comprised of Mira Sultan Al Suwaidi and Afra Bakheet Al Alili, held discussions on strengthening parliamentary ties between the FNC and African parliaments. They emphasised the significance of communication and coordination in various parliamentary events. Al Suwaidi highlighted the UAE’s efforts in the field of climate change and energy, including the country’s commitment to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and its upcoming hosting of COP 28 in Dubai Expo City in November. Fortune Charumbira praised the FNC’s participation in the summit and commended the UAE’s pioneering initiatives in empowering women and youth.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Culture and creativity regarded as the ultimate renewable resources: Minister Al Qassimi

VENICE, Italy, 19th May 2023 (WAM) – Sheikh Salem Khalid Al Qassimi, the UAE’s Minister of Culture and Youth, inaugurated Aridly Abundant, celebrating the National Pavilion UAE’s twelfth exhibition at the La Biennale Di Venezia International Art and Architecture Exhibitions, and the fifth participation at the International Architecture Exhibition. Curated by Faysal Tabbarah, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the College of Architecture, Art and Design at American University of Sharjah, Aridly Abundant will transform the pavilion’s space at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia into an environment that exhibits the spatial, material, and tactical qualities of arid environments, creating a backdrop for architectural provocations suited for future global arid contexts; thus, responding to the Biennale Architettura 2023’s theme, ”The Laboratory of the Future”. The exhibition will consider how arid environments can be spaces of abundance by exploring architectural possibilities within arid landscapes in the UAE’s desert plateau, wadis, and coastal plains within Al Hajar Mountain range and its environment. Minister Al Qassimi highlighted that his presence at the venue shows his support for the National Pavilion UAE’s, a very important art and cultural platform. It also illustrates how much importance the UAE pays to its creators and the fact that the Venice Biennale is a very significant platform for the UAE. It shows the support of both the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the nation for the exhibition. Minister Al Qassimi stated: “2023 marks the 12th participation for UAE in the Venice Biennale, with every passing year our presence has only gotten stronger. This exhibition is a testament to the UAE’s commitment to the creative fields. It also showcases how the leadership is committed to developing a strong creative movement in the country and promotes art and culture locally, regionally and globally. Supporting the artists and architects and showcasing their work at prestigious international platforms also goes to show the evolution of the local creative scene in the UAE. Our homegrown talent is in step with international standards and has been winning appreciation globally.” The UAE has participated in the International Art Exhibition since 2009 and the International Architecture Exhibition since 2014. In 2013, the UAE Government signed a historic agreement for the establishment of a permanent national pavilion in the Arsenale Sale d’Armi. Minister Al Qassimi commented: “The UAE’s permanent presence at the Arsenale Sale d’Armi is one of the main venues of the Venice Biennale. It’s a matter of great pride for the UAE to be a part of this prestigious pavilion and showcase the best of its architectural creations to an international audience. UAE’s award-winning entry Wetland at La Biennale Architettura 2021 (Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 2021) explored the relationship between waste and production on a local and global scale. The large-scale prototype structure created from an innovative, environmentally friendly cement was inspired by traditional sabkhas or salt flats.” Al Qassimi added: “La Biennale di Venezia is not just a great platform for promoting UAE’s homegrown talent but also a platform to promote our cultural and artistic values. Architecture is an essential element of culture that speaks volumes about a civilization, its past, present, and the future. This facet is beautifully captured in the UAE’s 2023 exhibit entitled Aridly Abundant that draws from the past and builds for the future. It also contributes to strengthening the bilateral ties between UAE and Italy. Our presence at the Arsenale is an important aspect of our cultural diplomacy, an essential tool in the current global situation. Cultural diplomacy can go a long way in breaking barriers to communication and has the ability to foster long-term peace and stability in the world.” Drawing international attention to the life in arid and desertic lands, the message of the NPUAE is deeply connected to the climate change. The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC will convene in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023. At COP 28, youth will also be at the forefront of climate policymaking and dialogue Culture is another crucial part of the discourse on climate change, considering the need to safeguard heritage and traditional cultural practices impacted by it. At this regard, the Minister commented: “Our forefathers learned to adapt and develop sustainable practices to survive the harsh climatic and topographical conditions of the Arabian penninsula. They learned to live sustainably, and their lifestyle aligned with nature. Our culture is replete with traditional practices that have valuable lessons for sustainable living. Water was a scarce resource, even food was not so abundant in the desert, yet our ancestors not just survived but thrived and developed a treasure trove of traditional knowledge. We can tap into the reservoirs of traditional knowledge and borrow a lesson or two in living sustainably with nature.” Minister Al Qassimi remarked on the continuous UAE’s commitment to global environmental debate: “UAE’s award-winning entry Wetland at Biennale Architettura 2021 explored the relationship between waste and production on a local and global scale. The large-scale prototype structure created from an innovative, environmentally friendly cement was inspired by traditional sabkhas or salt flats. Similarly, this year’s exhibition presents stone construction as a sustainable form of architecture for countries affected by climate change to explore and adapt to their own environments.” Commenting the cultural offer of the UAE, exponentially increasing both in term of quality and variety, and UAE’s upcoming prestigious projects, meant to transform the landscape and load the cultural weight of the country, he said: “Our future-focused approach and the legacy of our forefathers guide our national policies and strategies that focus on building sustainable and inclusive communities. A nation with a rich cultural heritage, the UAE has managed to stay culturally relevant today because of two reasons. We owe it to our leadership’s strategic policy direction and the talent and creativity of our people. The cultural and creative sector is a key element of our nation’s developmental journey. With sustainability at its core, the sector fuels the creative economy.” Minister Al Qassimi stated: “Culture and creativity are regarded as the ultimate renewable resources, which makes them critical to sustainable development. The launch of Creative UAE or the National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries to coincide with International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development in 2021, illustrated the UAE’s commitment to sustainable development goals.” “The Creative UAE or the National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries offers guidelines to build a robust creative economy infrastructure by enabling creative and providing them with a conducive environment to do business. Talent is the greatest resource for the creative industries. Therefore, creating the right means for talent to thrive is a step forward in the right direction. For example, the strategy stipulates scholarships to provide training and education to young creatives to pursue careers in the creative fields. In addition to that it addresses the pain points for creatives and provides solutions to address them. From funding to providing the right channels for exhibition and distribution, the UAE supports creative projects from start to finish. National Pavilion UAE is one such endeavour supported by the UAE government to foster creativity and talent” he added. Among the most important initiatives in the cultural field, in 2019 the UAE launched Sharjah Architecture Triennial as the first major architectural platform in the Middle East and Global South. He commented: “Art and culture have the power to bring people together. They promote cultural diplomacy and foster peace and stability. By supporting mutual understanding, trust and exposure to cultural diversity, cultural diplomacy goes a long way in enhancing international relations in many areas of cooperation. Initiatives such as the Sharjah Architecture Triennial in one such platform that represents talent from the UAE, and the Middle East region as well as Africa, and South Asia. By representing the global south, it fosters south-south cooperation and enhances diversity and cohesion.” Minister Al Qassimi also highlighted the capacity of large platforms, such as those of La Biennale di Venezia, to strengthen the ties and relationships between countries. “With regards to the UAE National pavilion at Venice Biennale, the biennale is a significant initiative cementing our ties with Italy even further. The bilateral ties between the UAE and Italy go back decades and such initiatives have managed to strengthen them further. We have been collaborating with Italy on several fronts including education, cultural exchanges and art events. Through sharing of ideas and experiences, we can create synergies and train and educate youth to enable them to implement sustainable projects on heritage protection and safeguarding their cultural treasures” he concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Mansour bin Zayed leads UAE delegation to 32nd Arab League Summit

JEDDAH, 19th May, 2023 (WAM) On behalf of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Presidential Court, led the UAE delegation participating in the 32nd Arab League Summit that began today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The opening ceremony was attended by the UAE delegation, including Ali Mohammed Hammad Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security; Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology; Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy; Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State; Khalifa Shaheen Al-Marar, Minister of State; Sheikh Nahyan bin Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; and Mariam Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. The summit’s agenda includes discussions on crises facing several Arab countries, notably the situations in Yemen, Lebanon, Somalia, and the Palestinian territories. The leaders will also address Arab national security, economic and social challenges in the region post-COVID-19, the Ukrainian crisis, food security, the activation of a free trade exchange area among Arab countries, the energy crisis, climate change, strengthening coordination and cooperation to combat terrorism, and the exchange of information among security agencies regarding extremist groups. Muhammad AamirHazem Hussein

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)