Erdogan Meets UAE President, Says Israel Restarting Attacks on Gaza Is ‘Very Negative’

A handout photo made available by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during their meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 December 2023. (Turkish Presidential Press Office /Handout/EPA)
A handout photo made available by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during their meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 December 2023. (Turkish Presidential Press Office /Handout/EPA)
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Erdogan Meets UAE President, Says Israel Restarting Attacks on Gaza Is ‘Very Negative’

A handout photo made available by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during their meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 December 2023. (Turkish Presidential Press Office /Handout/EPA)
A handout photo made available by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during their meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 December 2023. (Turkish Presidential Press Office /Handout/EPA)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan that Israel restarting its attacks on Gaza after the collapse of a week-long truce was "very negative", his office said on Friday.

The Turkish and Emirati leaders met on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai. Erdogan also met the prime ministers of Japan and Italy to discuss Gaza, as well as with his counterpart from Uzbekistan, the presidency said.

"President Erdogan, who noted that the restarting of clashes was very negative, said Turkey was working to achieve a lasting ceasefire and for humanitarian aid to reach Gaza," it said in a statement, adding Erdogan also said Türkiye was doing its best to stop Israel's "massacre".



GCC Secretary-General: Targeting Gaza Civilians while Receiving Aid is Another Israeli Crime

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
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GCC Secretary-General: Targeting Gaza Civilians while Receiving Aid is Another Israeli Crime

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced and condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza while they were waiting for humanitarian and relief assistance, SPA said on Friday.
Albudaiwi described the brutal act as another crime of the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
He called for swift international action to stop these crimes and dangerous violations against the brotherly Palestinians, an immediate ceasefire, and to allow the entry of all humanitarian aid into Gaza.


Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Targeting of Defenseless Civilians in Northern Gaza

A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Targeting of Defenseless Civilians in Northern Gaza

A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed Saudi Arabia's strong condemnation of the targeting of defenseless civilians in northern Gaza, which resulted in hundreds of casualties after Israeli troops opened fire on a large crowd of Palestinians racing to receive aid.

The Ministry affirmed the Kingdom's categorical rejection of violations of international humanitarian law by any party and under any pretext.

The Kingdom also renewed its call on the international community to take a firm stance by forcing Israel to respect international humanitarian law, immediately open safe humanitarian corridors, allow the evacuation of the injured, and enable the delivery of aid and medical equipment without restrictions to mitigate the humanitarian catastrophe and prevent its aggravation.

It emphasized the necessity of reaching an immediate ceasefire to prevent further civilian casualties.


Saudi Crown Prince, Macron Discuss Regional and Int'l Issues

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
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Saudi Crown Prince, Macron Discuss Regional and Int'l Issues

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. SPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron.

During the telephone conversation on Wednesday, both sides reviewed the bilateral relations and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in various fields, in addition to addressing several issues of mutual interest.

They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues and their repercussions, as well as the efforts made to achieve security and stability.


Emir of Qatar Discusses with Macron Future of Palestinian Cause

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)
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Emir of Qatar Discusses with Macron Future of Palestinian Cause

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday he discussed with French President Emmanuel Macron the future of the Palestinian cause, saying it was the “cornerstone of Qatar's international and regional concerns.”

The leaders met in Paris during Sheikh Tamim’s two-day official state visit to France.

In a post on his official X account, Sheikh Tamim said he held “fruitful talks” with Macron on strengthening “our strategic partnership in accordance with a comprehensive bilateral cooperation that elevates our common aspirations.”

“We discussed the future of the Palestinian cause as it is the cornerstone of Qatar's international and regional concerns, and we are exerting every effort to stop the war in Gaza and deliver aid to our brothers,” he added, according to the Qatari state news agency (QNA).

“The world sees a genocide of the Palestinian people. Hunger, forced displacement, savage bombardments are used as weapons. And the international community still hasn't managed to adopt a unified position to end the war in Gaza and provide the strict minimum of protection for children, women and civilians,” he later added at a dinner banquet thrown by Macron in his honor.

Sheikh Tamim had arrived in Paris on Tuesday to meet senior officials and bolster cooperation between Qatar and France and tackle regional and international issues of interest.


Kuwait Cabinet Sets April 4 to Hold Parliamentary Election

A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)
A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)
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Kuwait Cabinet Sets April 4 to Hold Parliamentary Election

A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)
A Kuwaiti casts his vote in previous elections for the National Assembly. (KUNA)

The Kuwaiti Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft decree inviting voters to elect National Assembly (parliament) members on April 4, 2024, and referred it to Emir Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, said the government spokesman.

The spokesman made the statement following a cabinet meeting.

Last Wednesday, the government issued a decree law suspending the election commission law until the beginning of October.

On Feb. 15, Kuwait’s Emir dissolved the parliament after it declined to remove remarks made by a lawmaker that were deemed disrespectful to the ruling authority.

The Emiri decree cited the Assembly’s breach of constitutional principles, particularly regarding the disrespect of esteemed positions and the deliberate use of disrespectful and offensive language by the parliament’s members.


Saudi Arabia Stresses its Support to All Efforts to Achieve Regional Security, Stability

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Stresses its Support to All Efforts to Achieve Regional Security, Stability

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

The Saudi government stressed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s constant keenness on supporting and bolstering joint Arab work in all fields to consolidate security, stability and prosperity in the region.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Riyadh.

The government reiterated its call for putting an end to the escalation of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and its surroundings and mounting military operations that are threatening international security and peace.

The ministers reviewed regional and international developments, reiterating the Kingdom’s remarks at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) high-level segment (HLS) at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. At the event, Saudi Arabia expressed its support for regional and international efforts to ban weapons of mass destruction.

The cabinet was briefed on the message received by King Salman from President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the outcomes of the meeting held between Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday.

It also reviewed the outcomes of Crown Prince Mohammed’s meeting with Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

The cabinet reviewed the meetings held between senior Saudi officials and their counterparts from around the world over the past week.

Media Minister Salman al-Dosari told the media that the government went over Saudi Arabia’s participation at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Brazil and 41st session of the Arab Interior Ministers' Council in Tunisia.

The cabinet highlighted Saudi Aramco’s achievement in adding large quantities to the proven reserves of gas and condensates in the unconventional Jafurah Field.

It also expressed gratitude to the World Tourism Organization and the World Travel and Tourism Council for acknowledging the Kingdom's milestone achievement of being visited by over 100 million tourists in 2023, as well as for its striving to become a desired destination on the world tourism map.


Saudi Foreign Minister, Blinken Discuss Developments in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
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Saudi Foreign Minister, Blinken Discuss Developments in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah has received a phone call from the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

During the call on Tuesday, the two sides discussed developments in the region, particularly the developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings.

They also discussed the efforts to address its security and humanitarian repercussions.


10th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)
The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)
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10th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)
The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances. (SPA)

The 10th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland to deliver aid to Ukraine, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday.

The plane is carrying 80 tons of relief aid and essential supplies, including electric generators and appliances.

It landed at Poland’s Rzeszow Airport, located near the Ukrainian border, before crossing into Ukraine.

The delivery is part of Saudi Arabia's ongoing efforts to offer humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people, in keeping with the Kingdom’s efforts to assist people across the world in times of crises.


Saudi Crown Prince, Zelenskyy Discuss Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince, Zelenskyy Discuss Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, stressed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s keenness on supporting all international efforts aimed at resolving the Ukrainian-Russian crisis to restore peace.

Crown Prince Mohammed received Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riyadh.

He added that Saudi Arabia will continue efforts to ease the impact of the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict.

Crown Prince Mohammed and Zelenskyy discussed cooperation between their countries and the latest developments in the conflict.

Zelenskyy praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts towards resolving the crisis.

Ukraine continues to “rely on Saudi Arabia's ongoing active support” in pushing forward with what has been described as a “Peace Formula” to end the full-scale invasion, which marked its second anniversary over the weekend, Zelenskyy said in a message on X, formerly Twitter, before he arrived in Riyadh.

Zelenskyy has presented a 10-point peace formula that, among other things, seeks the expulsion of all Russian forces from Ukraine and accountability for war crimes — at a time when the two sides are fighting from largely static positions along a roughly 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) front line. Such ideas are rejected out of hand by Moscow.   

“The second topic is the return of POWs and deportees,” Zelenskyy wrote. “The Kingdom’s leadership has already contributed to the release of our people. I am confident that this meeting will also yield results.”    

He added that economic cooperation also would be discussed in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom has previously acted as a mediator in prisoner swaps between Ukraine and Russia.


Emir of Qatar to Embark on State Visit to France to Discuss Gaza, Lebanon

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in 2019. (Qatar’s Amiri Diwan)
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in 2019. (Qatar’s Amiri Diwan)
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Emir of Qatar to Embark on State Visit to France to Discuss Gaza, Lebanon

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in 2019. (Qatar’s Amiri Diwan)
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in 2019. (Qatar’s Amiri Diwan)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will kick off on Tuesday a two-day state visit to France where he will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a statement on Monday, the Elysee palace said the visit will be an opportunity to deepen bilateral relations in defense, security, investment and the economy.

They will also seek to bolster cultural relations and deepen cooperation in development.

Sheikh Tamim is traveling to France at the head of a large ministerial and economic delegation.

The statement also hailed the consultations between France and Qatar over regional and international affairs.

This will be Sheikh Tamim’s first state visit to France since he ascended the throne in 2013.

Sources at the Elysee said the developments in Gaza and the political deadlock in Lebanon will be one of the main focuses of the talks between Qatari and French officials.

The sources added that Paris recognizes Doha’s role in providing humanitarian aid to Gaza, releasing hostages held by Hamas and the “Islamic Jihad” and reaching a ceasefire in the conflict.

French sources said Paris is therefore keen on bolstering its relations with Qatar.

In addition, the crisis in Lebanon will also feature during Sheikh Tamim’s visit as Qatar and France are members of the Quintet on Lebanon that also includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States.

The committee is helping Lebanon end the deadlock over the election of a new president, which is growing more pressing as tensions mount between Hezbollah and Israel along the southern border.

Observers in Paris have said France will urge Doha to continue to provide financial support to the Lebanese army, whose commander has visited Doha on a number of occasions and is understood to have good ties with its authorities.

France believes the army is a major player who can de-escalate the tensions and avert a full-scale war between Hezbollah and Israel.