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    Qatar, Indonesia Keen On Strengthening Economic Ties

    HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani held talks with Indonesian Minister of State Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno and reviewed bilateral ties.

    The two also discussed cooperation in economic, trade and investments fields and ways to boost them. The two countries enjoy strong economic and trade relations which were positively reflected in the trade volume which reached nearly QR1.8bn in 2016.

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    UN Official Backs Kuwaiti Mediation To Resolve Ongoing Crisis

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    The United Nations has backed the role of Kuwait in the ongoing crisis in the region, said Miroslav Lajcak, the president of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. He was interacting with a gathering at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

    He delivered on the occasion a talk on ‘Conflict Prevention in the 21st Century-What can UN do?’ The session was moderated by Prof Sultan Barakat, director, Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.

    “I believe this region has its own internal capacity or potential to sort out its internal problems. Solutions put forward by the local or regional mechanism can be the best and long lasting ones. Therefore, I do not advocate any involvement by the UN but strongly call for an early resolution as the crisis is detrimental to all the countries involved.” he noted.

    “We are all sorry to see the latest developments in the region. GCC, traditionally, has been very powerful, an effective voice for the countries in the region. Right now, it is going through a difficult period,” he continued.

    Speaking about the conflict prevention, he said that diplomacy, dialogue and mediation are the best methods for solving the crisis around the world.

    “The UN has the expertise, capacity, tools, mechanism and the experience in prevention of conflicts but has no clear mechanism for prevention of conflicts. All these elements were used in resolving a number of conflicts but were worked on an ad-hoc basis. However, we do not have a system in place for implementing them on a permanent basis,” he explained.

    Lajcak said that recently there have been several efforts to find a permanent system for conflict prevention. “There is no early warning mechanism for conflict prevention and we lose precious time. We need a new approach in preventing conflict and maintaining peace. Things are happening now and several resolutions are being discussed in this regard, he pointed out.
    According to the UN official, strengthening partnerships with regional organisations, financial institutions, private sector, civil societies and better partnership with all the nations, is the best way for conflict prevention.

    He maintained that the human and economic aspects are of great importance in conflict prevention. “By preventing conflicts, we save a lot of money. In 2016, the UN spent about $8bn on military peacekeeping missions. The UN also spent about $20bn for humanitarian aspects out of conflicts while $14.6bn was lost on account of humanitarian conflicts and violence.

    “One dollar invested in peace saves 10 dollars spent in conflicts. Conflict prevention is the best thing for global economy,” he highlighted.

    “The UN was built on the ambition of avoiding any further conflicts. Conflict prevention is at the core of the UN agenda. It is more urgent than ever. Conflicts are becoming more complex and the opponents are becoming more prolific and they are difficult to define,” the official felt.

    “Conflicts have moved from battle grounds to hospitals, schools and religious places. Civilians are unfortunately becoming more of deliberate target in the conflicts,” added Lajcak.

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    Second Edition Of Expo Turkey By Qatar Begins In Doha

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    The second edition of the Expo Turkey by Qatar was inaugurated by the Minister of Economy and Commerce, HE H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) yesterday.

    The inauguration ceremony was attended by top business leaders from Qatar and Turkey, senior diplomats and dignitaries and top officials from private industry representatives from both sides, including the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, M Rifat Hisarciklioglu.

    Nearly 111 Turkish companies will be participating in the three-day event. Sheikh Ahmed that the event is one of the most important regional events. The fact that it is being organised for the second consecutive year is a reflection of the growing cooperation and well-established relations between the two countries.

    He also noted that the exhibition reflects the interest of both the parties to put in place practical mechanisms to further develop the level of economic cooperation to increase the volume of trade exchange, and also to explore innovative and promising horizons to open up new fields that will enhance joint investments.

    The event will provide an opportunity to the Turkish companies and help them to build bridges of communications between the private sector of Qatar and Turkey.

    “This joint cooperation will create special strategic economic partnerships in line with the existing market potential of more than 185 million people, which can further be expanded to reach over 400 million consumers in the region and beyond.

    During the expo, business leaders, representatives from government and private sectors of both the countries will discuss various ideas, including Business-to-Business (B2B) events to strengthen economic ties and form commercial partnerships.

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    Detained Saudi Cleric Hospitalised In Jeddah

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    Prominent Saudi cleric Sheikh Salman Al Awda has been hospitalised after five months in detention, said human rights group Amnesty International.

    Awda was one among twenty people who were arrested in a crackdown in September last year, he was reportedly allowed just one call in October.

    Amnesty informed that he was admitted to a hospital in Jeddah, however, his family were denied any contact with him.

    “The hospitalisation of Sheikh Salman al-Awda, aside from being deeply worrying and traumatic for his family, highlights his shameful treatment by the Saudi authorities,” Amnesty’s Middle East campaigns director, Samah Hadid, said.

    “The authorities must ensure that he receives all necessary medical treatment, that he is allowed to communicate with his family and a lawyer, and — above all — that he is released from detention,” she said.

    Awda was arrested following his tweet that welcomed a possible reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    The family members claim that Awda and other prominent figures were asked to back the Kingdom in the dispute against Qatar publicly, but he refused to do so.

    Meanwhile, Saudi activists have said Awda’s brother Khaled has also been detained for disclosing the cleric’s arrest.

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    Sheikh Abdullah Admitted In Kuwait After His Release From UAE

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    Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family who was detained illegally in the UAE has been hospitalised in Kuwait after his release. He was seen arriving on a wheelchair from the UAE.

    Sheikh Khalid, Abdullah’s brother, said that is sibling’s health got affected due to exhaustion and stress. However, he confirmed that Sheikh Abdullah was now in stable condition and will be discharged soon.

    Earlier, Sheikh Abdullah had posted a video online, in which he said, he was a ‘prisoner’ in the UAE, and that if anything happened to him, “Sheikh Mohammed” is responsible.

    NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) had released a statement regarding the complaint it received by Sheikh Abdullah’s family about his detention by the Emirati authorities.

    “The National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar affirms the illegality of this measure and its violation of all international and regional human rights conventions, instruments and understandings,” the statement said.

    “It holds the Emirati authorities responsible for the safety and security of this Qatari citizen and demands his immediate release.”

    It also urged the global community and NGOs to step in and ensure Sheikh Abdullah’s safe release, as well as hold the Emirati authorities responsible for the infraction.

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    Iranian President Condemns Blockade On Qatar

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    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed his support for Qatar and slammed the Saudi-led bloc for their ‘unjust and unfair pressures’ on Doha. He urged the siege nations to resolve the dispute through dialogue and negotiations.

    The Iranian leader made the remarks during a meeting with the speaker of Qatar’s Advisory Council, H E Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, in Tehran, the Iranian capital.

    “We believe that any pressure on the Qatari government and people is unacceptable, and if there are differences between the countries of the region, especially the neighbour countries, they should only be resolved through dialogue,” Rouhani said on the sidelines of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) Conference.

    The four Arab states imposed sanctions on Qatar in June last year, after accusing it of supporting terrorism. However, Qatar has denied all such allegations.

    Meanwhile, Al Mahmoud appreciated the support of Iran. “We’re happy that Doha-Tehran ties are based on friendship, brotherliness and good neighbourliness,” he said.

    “Thanks to the help and support of its friends, especially Iran, Qatar today is firmly standing against allegations and conspiracies,” the Qatari delegate added.

    Qatar is seeking international arbitration in an attempt to end the blockade imposed on by the Saudi-led group.

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    Turkish Firm Offers Mobile Food Trucks To Qatari Army

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    Konya, a Turkish company has produced 10 mobile food trucks comprising of integrated kitchens for Qatari army, the company’s general manager Mustafa Kalyon told.

    “Firstly Qatari officials wanted a model from us and they ordered 10 food trucks to use within their army after they liked the model. We completed manufacturing of trucks in almost two months.”, Kalyon said.

    “All needed products for a kitchen are found in the truck. A room, cellar, cooker, blender, oven and dishwashing area are in it. This truck can be used anywhere without any needs for 10 days,” Kalyon said.

    The truck contains LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas), a generator, tanks for fresh and dirty water – a ton each – an oven and a refrigerator unit that can be autonomous for 10 days.

    “We did all sections of these 10 trucks. And each of the trucks that we exported to Qatar — except towing vehicle — costs €200,000 ($244,830). The trucks will be delivered in a few days.”, Kalyon added.

    The company has been manufacturing professional kitchen materials for restaurants and big enterprises for the past three decades.

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    Guinean Minister Conveys His President’s Message To The Emir

    Photo: The Peninsula

    Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received a verbal message from the President of the Republic of Guinea, Professor Alpha Conde, regarding the bilateral ties and means to develop the same.

    The message was passed by the Minister of Investment and Public-Private Partnership at the Republic of Guinea, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana.

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    Emir Holds Talks With The President Of UN General Assembly

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    Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held talks with the President of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, at the Emiri Diwan. In the meeting, issues of mutual interests were discussed.

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    Qatar Airways Shines At Kuwait Aviation Show

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    Qatar Airways was the show stopper at the inaugural Kuwait Aviation Show which began yesterday, by displaying its award winning new Business Class seat, Qsuite, for the first time in 2018. The airline also exhibited the ultra-modern extra-wide body Airbus A350-900.

    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, led a VIP tour of the airline’s Qsuite-fitted Boeing 777. The list of VIPs included Sheikh Mohammad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, Deputy Minister of Kuwait Amiri Diwan Affairs; Sheikh Salman Al Homoud Al Sabah, President of Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA); and Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaie, Chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority.

    Qatar Airways expects the new year to be as eventful as the previous year as it plans to expand and add new destinations.

    “Our participation in this year’s Kuwait Aviation Show has provided an excellent start to 2018, which promises to be very busy for us as an airline. We are looking forward to the addition of direct service to a host of key new destinations on our route network, including Pattaya, Thailand; Thessaloniki, Greece and Cardiff, U.K., to name just a few. As this new year begins, we are more committed than ever to delivering an unparalleled experience to our passengers, providing them the very finest experience available in the skies,” said Al Baker.

    “We look forward to receiving delivery of the Airbus A350-1000 shortly, for which we will be the global launch customer. This state-of-the art aircraft will allow us to remain ahead of the curve, proving that Qatar Airways always demands the best for its customers,” he said.

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    Emir Receives Invitation From President Of El Salvador

    Photo: The Peninsula

    Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received a written message from the President of El Salvador Sanchez Ceren. The president had invited the Emir to visit El Salvador.

    The message was carried by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador Hugo Martinez during his reception at Emiri Diwan.

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    Eight Qatar Roads To Be Under The Scanner On January 18

    Photo: The Peninsula

    Mobile radar will be monitoring eight Qatar roads on Thursday (January 18) to ensure there is no traffic violation.

    People traveling on these roads – Al Shamal (120km/hr), Dukhan Shahaniya (120km/hr), Salwa (120km/hr), Religious Complex (100km/hr), Al Dafna (80km/hr), Leabaib Street (80km/hr), Al Waab Street (80km/hr) and University Road (80km/hr) – are expected to stay under speed limits and follow traffic rules.

    Mobile radar will also note those who are driving without seat belts, overtaking from wrong side and using phone while driving.

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