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Mezher al-Assi stresses that the security and stability of Kirkuk is a red line that can not be compromised

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Kirkuk, The Head of the Arab group in Kirkuk Governorate Council Sheikh Burhan Mezher al-Assi considered the security and stability of Kirkuk is a red line that can not accept the bargaining of it. He stressed in a statement to the correspondent of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the achievement of security and stability can not be underestimated in Kirkuk and that its being Iraqi is a factor of unity for all Iraqis.Al-Assi said: "I call on those who make crises to revise their policies because the silence of the people of Kirkuk for their actions will not last long.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Hariri receives Hamas delegation

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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received today at the Center House a delegation from the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon, headed by its president Reverend Salim Sahyouni. It included priest Habib Badr, Judge Fawzi Dagher and Deputy Priest Edgar Trabulsi. The delegation invited Premier Hariri to attend the opening ceremony of the Evangelical community house on Saturday.Hariri also met with a delegation from Hamas Movement that included Izzat Al-Rishq, member of Hamas Political Bureau and Head of Arab and Islamic Relations, Ali Baraka, Hamas representative in Lebanon, and Ahmad Abdel Hadi, Hamas political officer in Lebanon, in the presence of the president of the Lebanese-Palestinian dialogue committee Hassan Mneimne. After the meeting, Al-Rishq said: ...

MoU between Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and Saudi Airlines to Establish Electronic Umrah Platforms

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Jeddah, The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and the General Organization of Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish digital platforms for Umrah and open new destinations to accommodate the increasing numbers of Umrah performers, which achieves one of the important goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 by receiving 30 million Umrah performers.The MoU aims at the participation of the Saudi Airlines in the central reservation engine of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to serve pilgrims directly through electronic platforms and to enable pilgrims and Umrah performers to choose and build all packages and complete the procedures automatically, quickly and with high quality.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Franjieh, Bukhari tackle current situation

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Marada Movement head Sleiman Frangieh, on Tuesday welcomed at his Bnachai residence the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari.The meeting took place in the presence of Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos.Talks reportedly touched on an array of matters, as well as the current situation in Lebanon and the broader region.Source: National News Agency

Franjieh, Bukhari tackle current situation

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Marada Movement head Sleiman Frangieh, on Tuesday welcomed at his Bnachai residence the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari.The meeting took place in the presence of Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos.Talks reportedly touched on an array of matters, as well as the current situation in Lebanon and the broader region.Source: National News Agency

Governor of Riyadh honors 26 establishments winning King Abdul Aziz Award for Quality in its fourth session

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Riyadh, On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Riyadh Region, honored 26 government, private and non-profit institutions this evening at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.The Governor of Riyadh Region thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for honoring him with patronizing the ceremony honoring the establishments that won the King Abdulaziz Quality Award at its fourth session.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Khreiss: No economic summit in Beirut without Syria and without a government

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Liberation and Development" Parliamentary Bloc Member, MP Ali Khreiss, said Sunday that there will be no economic summit in Beirut without Syria's participation and without having a new government in Lebanon. "There is no summit in Beirut without Syria and without a government, and they must initiate reconciliation with Syria and invite it to attend the summit," Khreis said during a memorial ceremony in the Southern town of Burj Rahhal earlier today. "Lebanon needs Syria more than Syria needs Lebanon," he underlined. Concerning the stalled cabinet formation, Khreiss called for "giving up the quota for the sake of the nation." "The fate of Lebanon will not be in the hands of people or groups," he emphasized, questioning about the responsible side for the economic and social tragedy and corr...

Moussawi calls for establishing Lebanon’s right to its exclusive economic zone

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"Loyalty to the Resistance" Parliamentary Bloc Member, MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi, called Saturday for taking the necessary action to establish Lebanon's right to its exclusive economic zone. Moussawi's words came during his meeting with the Secretary-General of the Lebanese World Cultural University Executive Council - Cyprus Branch, Charbel Yunan, and Advisor to the President of the National Executive Council for International Affairs - Cyprus, Kamal Baddah, accompanied by a delegation. Talks centered on several issues of concern, most prominently the Cyprus agreement on defining the exclusive economic zone with the Zionist enemy. "When Cyprus concluded this agreement with the Zionist enemy, it negatively impacted Lebanon's rights to its exclusive economic zone," said Moussawi. "For this reas...

TURKEY SAYS POMPEO COMMENT ON KURDS SHOWS ‘WORRYING LACK OF KNOWLEDGE’

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Turkey on Friday hit out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for saying Washington will ensure Ankara does not "slaughter" Kurds in Syria as American troops withdraw."Pompeo equating the YPG terror organisation with Kurds, even if it is not intentional, shows a worrying lack of knowledge," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. Ankara views the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia as a "terrorist offshoot" of insurgents inside Turkey.Source: National News Agency

China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East

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LONDON, China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute.Report author Justin Bronk says Beijing asks few questions when selling the technology overseas.Because the United States in particular has refused � apart from the cases of the U.K. and France � to export armed models of its iconic Predator and Reaper series of armed drones, China has sort of stepped in to fill that gap. And while its offerings such as the Wing Loong series or CH-4 are less technologically capable than their American counterparts, they're available pretty much to any state that wants to buy, Bronk told VOA.The report says the Chinese-made drone