UAE, France Discuss Strategic Partnership

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation holding talks with  French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi - WAM
UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation holding talks with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi - WAM
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UAE, France Discuss Strategic Partnership

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation holding talks with  French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi - WAM
UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation holding talks with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi - WAM

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Catherine Colonna, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi.

The two sides discussed bilateral ties and opportunities for widening their cooperation, under the framework of the strategic partnership between the UAE and France.

They also discussed the latest developments in the region, as well as relevant regional and international events, and stressed their keenness to continue consultations and coordination on issues of mutual concern.

The two ministers also discussed their countries' cooperation in the energy sector, especially in light of the strategic partnership agreement in the field of energy signed by the two countries in July 2022.

Sheikh Abdullah welcomed the visit of Colonna and highlighted the deep-rooted relations between the UAE and France, as well as the keenness of the two countries to enhance their strategic partnership and broaden the scope of their cooperation, state news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Abdullah held a luncheon in honor of Colonna and her delegation.

The meeting was attended by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.



Saudi, Uzbek Foreign Ministers Sign Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic, Special Passports Holders

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA
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Saudi, Uzbek Foreign Ministers Sign Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic, Special Passports Holders

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met Monday with Uzbek counterpart Bakhtiyar Saidov on the sidelines of the second GCC-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting, held in Tashkent.

A key outcome of the meeting was the signing of a reciprocal visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic and special passports, SPA reported.
Discussions covered a wide array of topics and reviewed the current state of Saudi-Uzbek relations, and avenues for further collaboration on issues of mutual interest.


Regional Escalation May Motivate Kuwait to Overcome its Political Crisis

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
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Regional Escalation May Motivate Kuwait to Overcome its Political Crisis

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel.

The meeting was a real test to Kuwait as it grapples with a political crisis after caretaker Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem had reportedly declined to form a new cabinet.

The government had submitted its resignation after parliamentary elections earlier this month.

Sheikh Mohammed chaired Saturday’s extraordinary meeting that was aimed at addressing the regional escalation.

The government stressed its “keenness on addressing all circumstances and developments that may take place given the rapid events in the region.”

The ministers each presented a briefing on the preparations the concerned agencies have taken to confront the possible repercussions of the developments, such as providing essential services and goods for the citizens and residents.

The cabinet underscored the need to preserve security and stability in Kuwait.

The new National Assembly is set to convene for the first time on April 17.

Amid the regional tensions, observers said officials will likely resolve the dispute over the position of prime minister whereby Sheikh Mohammed may be tasked to form a new cabinet, or a new PM may be appointed.


Saudi FM Discusses Regional Developments with Iran, US Counterparts 

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)
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Saudi FM Discusses Regional Developments with Iran, US Counterparts 

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the military escalation in the region, the danger of its repercussions and efforts exerted to contain them.

Prince Faisal also received a telephone call from his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

The officials discussed the developments in the region and the mounting escalation related to the conflict in Gaza and its surrounding areas.


Saudi Arabia, US Discuss Efforts to Contain Military Escalation in the Region

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia, US Discuss Efforts to Contain Military Escalation in the Region

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin are seen during a previous meeting. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz held telephone talks on Sunday with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin on the recent military escalation in the region.

They tackled the danger of the repercussions of these developments and efforts to contain them to safeguard international peace and security.

The officials also reviewed the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States in the military and defense fields and ways to strengthen them.


Saudi Crown Prince, Iraqi PM Discuss Military Escalation in the Region 

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, Iraqi PM Discuss Military Escalation in the Region 

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, held telephone talks on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani on the latest military escalation in the region and its repercussions on security and stability.

They underscored the importance of exerting efforts to prevent the situation from deteriorating further and to protect the region from more escalation.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry had expressed the Kingdom’s grave concern over the recent military escalation in the region and warned against its serious repercussions.

The Kingdom urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid war.

The ministry reiterated the Kingdom’s stance, urging the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibility in maintaining international peace and security and to act to prevent the crisis from escalating.

Iran launched a swarm of explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory.

Iran had vowed retaliation for what it called an Israeli strike on its Damascus consulate on April 1 that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers including two senior commanders and said its strike was a punishment for "Israeli crimes". Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the consulate attack.


UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation

UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation
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UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation

UAE Urges Restraint after Latest Regional Escalation

The United Arab Emirates expressed on Sunday its “deep concern” over the developments that have taken place in the region, calling for an “end to the escalation” and for parties “to refrain from steps that could deepen the tensions.”

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for exercising the “utmost restraint to avoid the dangerous repercussions and prevent the region from heading towards new levels of instability.”

It said disputes must be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and respect for the law and United Nations Charter.

It urged the UN and its Security Council to “assume their responsibilities towards consolidating international peace and security by resolving the chronic issues and conflicts in the region that have started to threaten global security and stability.”


Saudi Arabia Expresses Deep Concern over Military Escalation in the Region

Saudi Arabia Expresses Deep Concern over Military Escalation in the Region
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Saudi Arabia Expresses Deep Concern over Military Escalation in the Region

Saudi Arabia Expresses Deep Concern over Military Escalation in the Region

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom's deep concern over the recent military escalation in the region and warned against its serious repercussions, the Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday.
The Kingdom urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid war.
The ministry reaffirmed the Kingdom’s stance, urging the Security Council to fulfill its responsibility in maintaining international peace and security and to act to prevent the crisis from escalating.

Iran launched a swarm of explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory.
Iran had vowed retaliation for what it called an Israeli strike on its Damascus consulate on April 1 that killed seven Guards officers including two senior commanders and said its strike was a punishment for "Israeli crimes". Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the consulate attack.
 


GCC Calls for Restraint Amidst Regional Tensions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
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GCC Calls for Restraint Amidst Regional Tensions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi emphasized in a statement on Sunday the importance of maintaining regional and global stability in light of the recent developments in the Middle East.
He urged all parties involved to exercise maximum self-restraint to prevent further escalation that could threaten regional stability and safety of civilians, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Albudaiwi stressed the need for collaborative efforts and diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes.
He underscored the crucial role of the international community in supporting the peace efforts, and highlighted the potential consequences of further escalation.

The statement concluded with a call for all relevant parties to commit to upholding regional and global security and peace.
Iran launched a swarm of explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory.
Iran had vowed retaliation for what it called an Israeli strike on its Damascus consulate on April 1 that killed seven Guards officers including two senior commanders and said its strike was a punishment for "Israeli crimes". Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the consulate attack.


Saudi, Norwegian FMs Discuss Situation in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
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Saudi, Norwegian FMs Discuss Situation in Gaza

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

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, received a telephone call on Saturday from his Norwegian counterpart, Espen Barth Eide.

During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip crisis and efforts to contain the situation.


46th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA
The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA
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46th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA
The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA

The 46th Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived on Saturday at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt, carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinian people in times of crisis.