Bahrain, Jordan Stress Need to Reduce Regional Tension, Military Escalation

Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).
Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).
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Bahrain, Jordan Stress Need to Reduce Regional Tension, Military Escalation

Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).
Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during their meeting on Wednesday in Amman (Petra News Agency).

The kings of Jordan and Bahrain underlined the importance of reducing tensions in the Middle East and avoiding military escalation.
During a meeting in Amman on Wednesday, the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Jordanian monarch, Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, discussed the political and security situation in the Middle East, and stressed the need for the international community, especially the Security Council, to immediately implement ceasefire resolutions in Gaza.
The Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported that the two monarchs “discussed means to strengthen bilateral cooperation and economic integration and reviewed current regional and international issues.”

They also stressed the importance of protecting civilians in the Gaza Strip, ensuring the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, and preventing further escalation of the crisis, expressing their rejection of ground attacks on Rafah and the displacement of Palestinians from their lands.
The two sides reiterated the need to respect the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, and to stop Israeli attacks on religious places. They also condemned the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as a violation of international law.
The two leaders called for coordinating Arab and international efforts to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the region, support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the two-state solution.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa stressed the importance of Jordanian custodianship over the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, praising the ongoing diplomatic efforts made by Jordan under the leadership of King Abdullah II in supporting the Palestinian cause and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the humanitarian programs to support the Palestinian people.
The Bahraini king left Jordan after a short visit.

 

 

 



Kuwaiti Cabinet Briefed on Railway Connection Project with Saudi Arabia, Stresses its Importance

The cabinet stressed the importance of the railway connection project between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
The cabinet stressed the importance of the railway connection project between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
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Kuwaiti Cabinet Briefed on Railway Connection Project with Saudi Arabia, Stresses its Importance

The cabinet stressed the importance of the railway connection project between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
The cabinet stressed the importance of the railway connection project between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

The Kuwaiti cabinet on Tuesday was briefed by the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Noura Al-Mashaan, on the railway connection project between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Mashaan presented the project during the cabinet’s weekly meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah at the Bayan Palace, Kuwait’s official news agency, KUNA, said.

The cabinet stressed the importance of the project, which will contribute to organizing and activating sustainable railway connectivity and enhance trade exchange and economic growth between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti media quoted a government source as saying that Saudi Arabia's Transport and Logistics Minister Saleh al-Jasser will visit Kuwait this week to discuss the rail link project, its implementation stages and other details.

The Saudi Arabia-Kuwait 650km-long railway network will shorten travel time between the two countries to three hours.

This project is separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail link project.

The route of the railway will start from Al Shaddadiya in Kuwait, stretching all the way to Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The project is expected to be completed in four years.

On November 16, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Works entered into an agreement with the SYSRTA alliance to conduct a comprehensive study on the financial, economic, and technical feasibility of the railway connection between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The Kuwaiti Public Works Ministry said its undersecretary Eid Al-Rashidi signed with Vice President of the Shared Services at Saudi Railway Company Salah Alomair an agreement aimed at organizing and activating sustainable rail linkage between the two countries in order to achieve safe and effective rail transport, KUNA said.