Monday, April 12

Saudi Arabia, Lithuania Discuss Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture

Riyadh, Eng. Abdurrahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, met here today with Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation and investment between the two countries in the field of agriculture.The meeting was attended by Lithuania's Deputy Minister of Agriculture and a number of officials.Source: Saudi Press Agency


Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nuhad Mashnouk, presided over two security meetings in both Sidon and Nabatiyeh, whereby he stressed that "there is no fear of security actions that may prevent the holding of parliamentary elections.""The image of the State is improving in the eyes of the world. As we were praised for transparency in the municipal elections, we will be praised even more after the parliamentary elections," he pledged."We are looking to achieve fair and transparent elections," the minister maintained.As for the security developments in Syria and their possible repercussions on Lebanon, Mashnouk stressed that "the court is now Syria, not Lebanon."Source: National News Agency

US-Syria Dealings Rocky for Decades

September 1944: The United States recognizes Syria as an independent state in exchange for Syria's full recognition and protection of the existing rights of the U.S. and its nationals.November 1944: The U.S. establishes diplomatic relations with Syria.February 1958: U.S.-Syrian diplomatic relations end after Syria and Egypt form a new state, the United Arab Republic. UAR's capital is Cairo, where the U.S. maintains an embassy.October 1961: U.S.-Syrian diplomatic relations are re-established following Syria's withdrawal from the UAR in September.June 1967: Syria cuts diplomatic ties with the U.S. after the start of the Arab-Israeli War.February 1974: A U.S. Interests Section � a limited diplomatic post � is established in Syria, in the Italian embassy.June 1974: U.S.-Syrian diplomatic relat...

Two members of Daesh arrested while trying to plant an explosive device in Al-Siniya area in Baiji

BAGHDAD,The popular crowd forces arrested on Wednesday two members of Daesh while trying to plant an explosive device in the Siniya town north of Tikrit."A statement by the popular crowd said that a force from Brigade 99 in the popular crowd arrested two members of Daesh while trying to plant an explosive device in sector of the Siniya island in Baiji, north of Tikrit,"."The brigade forces are ready to maintain security in a the sector of its responsibility ," it said.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Paris Chosen as the Location of MiSK Cultural Center in Europe

Paris, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation "MiSK" announced its plans to inaugurate the MiSK Cultural Center in the French capital Paris by the end of 2018, in conjunction with the visit of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince to France.The Center seeks to highlight the thought, literature and culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through various intellectual and cultural activities in order to convey the true image of the Saudi citizen.The MiSK Cultural Center aims to be a platform in the heart of Europe to introduce and defend the Kingdom and its issues. It also aims to develop MiSK charitable projects and initiatives in a strategic and innovative way, particularly in France and generally in Europe, highlighting the role of the foundation in promoting the Saudi culture through a...


Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, warned his visitors and the delegations he received at his home in Msayleh of "the serious repercussions that may result from any military action targeting Syria."He expressed his fear that "the first victims [of such an action] would be the stability and unity of the region, not to mention the bloodshed, destruction and displacement of the brotherly Syrian people.""It is a war which, if broken out, God forbid, would be funded out of the pockets of Arabs and their wealth, and the results will inevitably be negative and destructive to their future and the stability of their countries," Berri said.On the other hand, Speaker Berri said during a meeting with a student delegation from the Evangelical School in Sidon that he "is not concerned about the future o...