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UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Pleads for Funds

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UNITED NATIONS, The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees warned Wednesday that it would run out of money in a few weeks if donors did not step up quickly."As we speak, UNRWA has only enough money to run its operations until mid-June," Pierre KrA�henbuhl, commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, told the U.N. Security Council.The council meets monthly to discuss the Israel-Palestinian conflict.UNRWA provides more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with essential services, including education and health care.Same amount as in 2018KrA�henbuhl said the agency needs $1.2 billion this year for all of its operations across the region."This is the exact amount we mobilized last year," he said.

UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Pleads for Funds

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UNITED NATIONS, The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees warned Wednesday that it would run out of money in a few weeks if donors did not step up quickly."As we speak, UNRWA has only enough money to run its operations until mid-June," Pierre KrA�henbuhl, commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, told the U.N. Security Council.The council meets monthly to discuss the Israel-Palestinian conflict.UNRWA provides more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with essential services, including education and health care.Same amount as in 2018KrA�henbuhl said the agency needs $1.2 billion this year for all of its operations across the region."This is the exact amount we mobilized last year," he said.

Prince Mansour bin Nasser Presents His Credentials as Saudi Ambassador to Switzerland

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Bern, President Ueli Maurer of Switzerland received here today Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz who presented copy of his credentials as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Switzerland.During the reception, Prince Mansour has lauded the distinguished relations between the two countries.Bilateral relations and issues of common interest were discussed.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Prince Mansour bin Nasser Presents His Credentials as Saudi Ambassador to Switzerland

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Bern, President Ueli Maurer of Switzerland received here today Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz who presented copy of his credentials as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Switzerland.During the reception, Prince Mansour has lauded the distinguished relations between the two countries.Bilateral relations and issues of common interest were discussed.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Aoun pledges Lebanon will be back in top positions

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President of the Republic General Michel Aoun said "what we are currently doing on the economic level will bring Lebanon back to the best position in the Middle East."He noted that "citizens will not realize the importance of these measures until they have touched their positive results.""Lebanon is ahead of a very promising tourist season this year thanks to a better security in it than in Europe," the president said during a his meeting at the Baabda Palace this Tuesday with a delegation from the Lebanese Ophtalmologists Syndicate."A lot of changes are beginning to emerge; there are protests and complaints by the citizens, but had we not followed this path, we would have reached the bottom of the abyss," said Aoun. "We are buying from abroad and not producing anything, while production i...

Ferzli says budget reduces deficit but lacks comprehensive economic plan

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Deputy House Speaker, Elie Ferzli, said on Monday that the budget had reduced the fiscal deficit but lacked a comprehensive economic plan, which is pressingly required for the development of the national economy. "The state budget will see the light soon. It will be accompanied by bills that could pave the way for an economic plan that will manage the national crises away from any politicization," Ferzli told the Voice of Lebanon radio station. He finally noted that he was optimistic about a better economic future, but he criticized the protests and strikes that took place whilst protesters were oblivious to the content of the state budget.Source: National News Agency

Al-Moallem to Tirumurti: Enhancing Syrian-Indian cooperation to establish long-term strategic relations

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Damascus, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Monday received Secretary for Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs of India, , and the accompanying delegation.The two sides discussed the historical cooperation and friendship relations between the two countries and means for enhancing them in all fields, including economic and commercial cooperation and India's participation in the reconstruction process, as well as discussing preparations for the meetings of the Syrian-Indian Joint Committee for Cooperation which will be held in Damascus soon.The two sides also discussed developments in Syria and the war on terrorism, expressing matching viewpoints regarding the various issues that were discussed.Minister al-Moallem underlined the str...

Qatari delegation offers Aoun condolences

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President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Friday welcomed at Baabda Presidential Palace Qatari Minister of State, Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari, representing the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Jaber Al-Jaber, representing the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani, who expressed their condolences upon the death of Patriarch Sfeir.Source: National News Agency

Qatari delegation offers Aoun condolences

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President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Friday welcomed at Baabda Presidential Palace Qatari Minister of State, Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari, representing the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Jaber Al-Jaber, representing the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani, who expressed their condolences upon the death of Patriarch Sfeir.Source: National News Agency