MWL Condemns Terrorist Attack in Egypt's Northern Sinai

An Egyptian man stands guard in a military outpost overlooking the Israeli-Egyptian border as seen from southern Israel September 27, 2021. (Reuters)
An Egyptian man stands guard in a military outpost overlooking the Israeli-Egyptian border as seen from southern Israel September 27, 2021. (Reuters)
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MWL Condemns Terrorist Attack in Egypt's Northern Sinai

An Egyptian man stands guard in a military outpost overlooking the Israeli-Egyptian border as seen from southern Israel September 27, 2021. (Reuters)
An Egyptian man stands guard in a military outpost overlooking the Israeli-Egyptian border as seen from southern Israel September 27, 2021. (Reuters)

The Muslim World League (MWL) condemned on Thursday the terrorist attack that targeted a security point in Egypt's northern Sinai that left several Egyptian soldiers dead and injured.

MWL Secretary-General and Chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, slammed the heinous criminal attack, which underscores "the urgent need to continue the joint international effort to defeat extremism and terrorism."

He stated that these "treacherous attacks will only increase Egypt's determination to confront and eradicate terrorism."

On behalf of the MWL and its global councils, bodies and institutions, Al-Issa stressed "full solidarity with Egypt in its war against terrorism and anything that would undermine or threaten its security and stability."

He offered his condolences to the families of the victims, and the Egyptian leadership, government and people.



Former Deputies Lead Candidate Lineup in Kuwait National Assembly Elections

The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry’s Elections Affairs Administration began receiving applications from candidates for upcoming National Assembly elections (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry’s Elections Affairs Administration began receiving applications from candidates for upcoming National Assembly elections (KUNA)
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Former Deputies Lead Candidate Lineup in Kuwait National Assembly Elections

The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry’s Elections Affairs Administration began receiving applications from candidates for upcoming National Assembly elections (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry’s Elections Affairs Administration began receiving applications from candidates for upcoming National Assembly elections (KUNA)

The first day of registration for Kuwait’s National Assembly (parliament) elections saw 42 candidates, including two women, stepping forward.
The Interior Ministry’s Elections Affairs Administration began receiving applications from candidates for the 18th legislative session of parliamentary elections, marking the start of a 10-day candidacy period.
Former National Assembly Speaker Ahmed Al-Saadoun and former deputy Marzouq Al-Khalifa were among the early registrants.
On his part, Al-Saadoun highlighted the importance of upcoming reforms, while emphasizing citizen engagement and informed choices.
“We are heading towards reformist issues in the upcoming assembly unprecedented in Kuwait’s history,” said Al-Saadoun, stressing the consensus of 48 members on legislative priorities as groundbreaking.
Other candidates, such as Ahmad Larie, Omar Al-Tabtabaie, Abdul Kareem Al-Kandari, Abdul Wahab Al-Essa, Badr Aldahoum, Fahad Al-Muweizri, Ali Al-Daqbasi, Fahad Al-Burjis Al-Eid, Fares Al-Otaibi, Issa Hajji Musa, Ahmed Mohammed Bin Samim Al-Otaibi, and Saadoun Hammad, also submitted their candidacies.
Former deputy Dr. Janan Bushahri announced her candidacy on “X.”
According to the Ministry of Interior, candidates for the National Assembly must be Kuwaiti citizens by birth, meet voter qualifications, be listed on an electoral roll, be able to read and write Arabic, and be at least 30 years old on election day.
Candidates must not have prior convictions for dishonorable, untrustworthy, or blasphemous acts, unless cleared legally.
To run, candidates must pay a 50 Kuwaiti dinar deposit ($160 USD) for charity, refundable if they withdraw or receive less than one-tenth of valid votes. Proof of payment is required with the nomination application.


Saudi Arabia Rejects Attempts to Undermine UNRWA in Gaza 

Displaced Palestinians walk around in an UNRWA school housing displaced Palestinians, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 4, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas movement. (AFP)
Displaced Palestinians walk around in an UNRWA school housing displaced Palestinians, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 4, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas movement. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia Rejects Attempts to Undermine UNRWA in Gaza 

Displaced Palestinians walk around in an UNRWA school housing displaced Palestinians, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 4, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas movement. (AFP)
Displaced Palestinians walk around in an UNRWA school housing displaced Palestinians, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 4, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas movement. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Abdulaziz Al-Wasel said on Monday that the Kingdom rejects attempts to undermine the role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza where Israel has been waging a war that has killed over 30,000 people and displaced over 80 percent of its population.

Speaking at a briefing at the UN General Assembly on UNRWA, he added that Saudi Arabia was keen on continuing its support to the agency, warning of attempts to "eliminate" its role.

Saudi Arabia is looking at all means to save UNRWA from its financial difficulties, he stated, revealing that "additional funding" to the agency will be announced soon.

The ambassador underscored that it was "essential" for UNRWA to keep working so that it can help ease the plight of the Palestinian people and in turn ensure stability in the region.

Saudi Arabia condemns the "incitement campaign carried out by the Israeli government against UNRWA" that is aimed at eliminating the agency, he added.

Al-Wasel reiterated the Kingdom’s condemnation of the Israeli assault on Palestinian territories, especially Gaza.

He renewed the call for "all immediate measures be taken to end the barbaric aggression against the Palestinian people."

Meanwhile, head of UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini warned of "a deliberate and concerted campaign" aimed at ending its operations as Israel accused the organization of employing over 450 "military operatives" from Hamas and other armed groups.

Lazzarini did not specifically address the latest allegations made by the Israeli military on Monday, but he called out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for "openly stating that UNRWA will not be part of post-war Gaza."

"UNRWA is facing a deliberate and concerted campaign to undermine its operations, and ultimately end them," Lazzarini told the General Assembly.

"The implementation of this plan is already underway with the destruction of our infrastructure across the Gaza Strip," he said. "Dismantling UNRWA is short sighted. By doing so, we will sacrifice an entire generation of children, sowing the seeds of hatred, resentment, and future conflict."

Lazzarini told the 193-member assembly that UNRWA was "functioning hand-to-mouth" after 16 countries paused a total of $450 million in funding when Israel in January accused 12 UNRWA staff of taking part in the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants.

The UNRWA staff were fired and an independent internal UN investigation launched.

"The fate of the agency, and the millions of people who depend on it, hang in the balance," Lazzarini told the General Assembly, describing UNRWA as "the backbone of humanitarian assistance in Gaza."

UNRWA employs 13,000 people in Gaza, running schools, healthcare clinics and other social services, and distributing humanitarian aid. The UN has said some 3,000 are currently still working to deliver aid in Gaza, where 576,000 people - one quarter of the population - are one step away from famine.

"In Gaza, the UN is a terror organization itself," Israel's UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan told the General Assembly earlier on Monday.

The war in Gaza was triggered by the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7, when around 1,200 people were killed and 253 hostages seized, according to Israeli tallies. Israel's air and ground campaign in Gaza has since killed around 30,000 Palestinians, health authorities in the Hamas-run enclave say.


Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on Taking Constitutional Oath as PM of Pakistan

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on Taking Constitutional Oath as PM of Pakistan

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, sent on Monday a cable of congratulations to Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on taking the constitutional oath.

The Crown Prince wished Sharif success and the people of Pakistan steady progress and prosperity.


Saudi FM Meets with President of France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Meets with President of France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held talks in Riyadh on Monday with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic.

The officials reviewed the relations and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and France in various fields.

They also discussed international developments and efforts exerted towards them.


Saudi, South Korean Interior Ministers Discuss Boosting Security Cooperation

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi, South Korean Interior Ministers Discuss Boosting Security Cooperation

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz received South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday.

The officials discussed ways to boost existing security cooperation between their ministries.

They also tackled a number of issues of common interest.


GCC Ministerial Council Demands Int’l Protection for Palestinian People

The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
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GCC Ministerial Council Demands Int’l Protection for Palestinian People

The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)

The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) demanded on Sunday an immediate ceasefire and end to Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at the 159th GCC Ministerial Council in Riyadh on Sunday, the FMs also called for ensuring the delivery of aid to the Palestinian people, calling for providing international protection for them.

The closing statement of the meeting urged the international community to take a decisive stance to implement a ceasefire and protect civilians.

The necessary measures must be taken in line with international law to counter the Israeli government’s practices and collective punishment against the people of Gaza.

The ministers hailed efforts exerted by several countries and organizations to stop the Israeli assault, while expressing their disappointment with the veto of the ceasefire draft proposal that was submitted at the United Nations Security Council. The draft was submitted by Algeria on behalf of Arab countries.

The FMs rejected any Israeli justifications to continue the attack on Gaza, condemning the ongoing targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as camps and hospitals.

Moreover, they underscored their support for the Palestinian people in remaining on their land, rejecting Israeli measures aimed at the forced displacement of the residents of Gaza.

The statement praised the outcomes of the consultative meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia in February to discuss the war on Gaza.

It also expressed support for Qatar and Egypt’s efforts to reach a humanitarian ceasefire in the enclave.

It hoped these efforts would succeed so that the siege could be lifted off Gaza. Furthermore, it urged the international community to assume its responsibility towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict without double standards.

The FMs praised South Africa for filing a genocide complaint against Israel before the International Court of Justice, welcoming the preliminary ruling that held Israeli legally responsible before the international community for its violations against innocent civilians.

They condemned the statements made by extremist Israeli ministers about the forced displacement of the Palestinian people from Gaza and their support for the re-occupation of the enclave.

They reiterated that the Palestinian cause and ending the Israeli occupation remain at the heart of Arab affairs. They renewed the GCC’s support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.


Saudi FM Takes Part in GCC Ministerial Meetings Related to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Japan

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Takes Part in GCC Ministerial Meetings Related to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Japan

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah participated on Sunday in the joint Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Egypt ministerial meeting, held at the GCC General Secretariat in Riyadh.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, president of the current session of the Ministerial Council, reviewed the strong cooperation between the GCC and Egypt, and ways to enhance and develop them.

Participants discussed the serious developments in Gaza Strip and the city of Rafah, the Israeli military escalation against unarmed civilians, and the importance of an immediate ceasefire to ensure the return of security and stability to Gaza Strip.

They tackled joint action to create conditions to arrive at a comprehensive and just peace in a way that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people and establishes a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The GCC also held similar separate ministerial meetings related to Jordan, Morocco and Japan.


Saudi King, Crown Prince Congratulate Bulgarian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
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Saudi King, Crown Prince Congratulate Bulgarian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)

The Saudi leadership sent cables of congratulations to Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on the occasion of his country’s National Day, SPA said on Sunday.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud sent a cable wishing Radev continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Bulgaria steady progress and prosperity.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, congratulated Radev on the occasion sending well-wishes to him, to the government and people of Bulgaria.


Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
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Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)

Kuwait said Saturday it will hold elections for its national assembly on April 4.

The state-run KUNA news agency made the announcement, citing a decree published by the oil-rich country's official gazette.

In February, Kuwait’s emir dissolved parliament.

Domestic political disputes have been gripping Kuwait for years. That has left it with little in its coffers to pay bloated public sector salaries, despite generating immense wealth from its oil reserves.

Parliament has been repeatedly dissolved after failing to move forward, with Kuwait’s Constitutional Court in 2023 annulling a 2022 decree overturning another such annulment. The country’s late emir then annulled that parliament again and held an election for a new parliament, which was annulled with the February decision.


Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

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Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

Kuwait flag
Kuwait flag

Kuwait's Interior Ministry said it banned all "unauthorized assembly" after calls voiced by Kuwaiti activists to stage sit-ins on Saturday in support of Gaza.
The Ministry said the decision came upon the directives of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Interior Fahd al-Yousef al-Sabah.
The Minister banned all forms of unauthorized gatherings and marches except in accordance with the established laws and regulations.
The Ministry also banned publishing any unauthorized calls for gatherings on social media platforms.
On the other hand, al-Sabah announced a study of plans that will be taken soon to combat and prosecute fake accounts on social media that spread fake news threatening the country’s security .