Bahrain attends 8th Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”

Brussels, Abdullah bin Faisal bin Jabr Al Dosari, Ambassador of Bahrain to Belgium and Head of the Diplomatic Mission to the European Union (EU), led the Bahraini delegation at the 8th Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”.

The conference was attended by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; the UN Secretary-General; Foreign Ministers from neighboring countries, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon; Ministers, senior officials, and ambassadors from the EU and Arab countries, and representatives from UN bodies and international organisations.

The conference is aimed at mobilising vital financial support to meet the most urgent needs of Syrians and their host communities and to renew the international community’s support for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, in line with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Information Minister opens Gulf Radio and Television Festival Production Market

Manama, Dr. Ramzan bin Abdullah Al Noaimi, Minister of Information, and President of the Gulf Radio and Television Festival, today opened the 16th Gulf Radio and Television Festival Production Market.

Majri Mubarak Al Qahtani, the Director-General of the Gulf Radio and Television Organistion (GRTO), was present.

The minister was briefed on the market’s pavilions of participating public and private Gulf and Arab organisations, production companies, in addition to the broadcasting and transmission devices and modern technologies that were displayed.

The minister commended the role of the Gulf Radio and Television Festival Production Market as a platform for sharing expertise, productive interaction, promoting cooperation and showcasing advancements in broadcast technologies.

Furthermore, the minister welcomed hosting the 2nd Gulf Media Forum as part of the festival, lauding its focus on themes of high importance to advancing the role of the media in the GCC and shaping its future.

The festival will include
specialised seminars and workshops on media and film production, and addressing future needs. One of the seminars titled “Manama as the Arab Media Capital 2024: Digital Media – Credibility and Influence”, comes to highlight Manama’s selection as the Arab Media Capital for 2024.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


The process of evacuating Syrian nationals from the northern Lebanese town of Koubba in Batroun district commenced on Tuesday, following directives from North Lebanon Governor Judge Ramzi Nohra.

Unauthorized residential areas were sealed with red wax to prevent further occupancy. Governor Nohra visited Koubba and assessed the situation, leading to the decision to evacuate Syrians residing illegally in the town.

This initiative has been welcomed by local residents, who have experienced disturbances and conflicts between the Syrian nationals and the local community in recent times.

Municipal statistics prior to the evacuation indicated the presence of slightly over a thousand Syrians in Koubba. Several families had already left voluntarily, and the current operation targets those without proper documentation, such as residence permits and other legal papers.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Barham discusses with his Egyptian counterpart arrangements for holding the Tawjihi exam for Gaza students

Ramallah – Together – The Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Amjad Barham, today, Tuesday, Minister of Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr. Reda Hegazy; To discuss issues of concern to education between the two countries, especially arrangements for holding the high school exam for Gaza students in Egypt.

This came in the presence of the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Egypt, Diab Al-Louh, the Assistant Undersecretary for Student Affairs in the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Sadiq Al-Khadour, the Undersecretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Education, Alaa Atawiya, and a number of officials.

The Minister stressed that this meeting falls within the framework of the government delegation’s visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt to follow up on several issues that would address the repercussions of the ongoing aggression on the Gaza Strip, including issues in the public and higher education and scientific research sectors, praising the strong relationship between Palestine and Egypt
and the interest in and support of education. Especially in light of the many challenges that accompanied the scene, placing it in the form of the challenges facing the educational process in Jerusalem, and the damage caused to the education sector in Gaza.

Barham pointed out that the meeting touched on arrangements for holding the secondary exam for students in Egypt, whose number has exceeded 1,024 students so far, and discussed the possibility of opening educational centers in Egypt to teach students who are there, and stressed the importance of the step of adopting the ‘Tawjihi’ certificate equivalency for all branches and not He is limited to the scientific and literary branches, calling on his Egyptian counterpart to temporarily enroll Gaza students in Egyptian schools.

He stated that, in response to the appeals of the families of the students in Egypt; A special link was activated by the embassy to register students who had not previously registered for distance education, praising the efforts of hun
dreds of volunteer teachers from the West Bank, whether previously or who have expressed a willingness to volunteer in the summer in the new schools, all of which will begin after Eid Al-Adha.

turn; Hegazy stressed Egypt’s constant keenness to support Palestinian education, especially in light of the critical circumstances it is going through and the effects of the aggression on school students in Gaza, praising the bonds of cooperation and the historical relationship between the two countries and the importance of providing all the elements that guarantee holding the high school exam for Gaza students who are in the Egyptian Republic.

Source: Maan News Agency

Saudi Red Crescent Authority Gears Up for Busy Hajj Season

Makkah: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) is pulling out all the stops to ensure the well-being of pilgrims during the upcoming Hajj season. The authority has meticulously planned and mobilized its resources to deliver high-quality medical care.

SRCA has deployed over 2,540 medical professionals, ambulance technicians, and administrative staff. These experts are strategically positioned across 98 ambulance centers, covering entry points, pilgrim routes, and holy sites.

To bolster its frontline response, SRCA has committed a significant portion of its ambulance fleet to the Hajj mission. This commitment includes 320 ambulances, 13 advanced response vehicles, and a dedicated air wing with seven air ambulances, two medical evacuation helicopters, and a support fleet of 15 motorcycles, 150 golf carts, 150 electric scooters, 27 electric bicycles, ten ambulance buses, and additional service vehicles.

SRCA has deployed over 96 medical repatriation personnel in Makkah. Recognizing pilgrims’ diverse backgroun
ds, translators will be available to support the reception and dispatch of ambulance calls, ensuring seamless communication for various medical situations encountered during Hajj.

SRCA is further bolstering its operations with the support of over 595 volunteers. These dedicated individuals will play a crucial role in assisting with ambulance services at various locations while educating and raising awareness among pilgrims about essential preventive measures to safeguard their health during Hajj.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Madinah Governor Receives Singapore Consul General

Madinah: Governor of Madinah Region Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz received in his office here today the Consul General of Singapore, K. Chandra Kumar.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed topics of common interest.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

KSrelief Distributes Food Aid, Personal Hygiene Kits in Syria’s Idlib

Idlib, The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Sunday distributed food baskets and personal hygiene kits to 812 families in Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, benefiting 4,885 individuals, as part of the second phase of this year’s food aid and health kits distribution project for earthquake-affected people in northern Syria.

The assistance falls within the framework of the humanitarian projects provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, to many needy and affected countries and peoples worldwide.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

RSFF Concludes Milestone Participation in Cannes Film Festival

Jeddah: The Red Sea Film Foundation (RSFF), which participated in the recently concluded 77th Cannes Film Festival, played an important role in supporting Arab cinema and promoting it globally, an RSFF press release said.

A notable achievement at the festival was the Saudi film “Norah”, directed by Tawfik AlZaidi and supported by the Red Sea Fund. “Norah” made history as the first Saudi film to compete in the prestigious “Un Certain Regard” section, receiving a special jury mention and selling out screenings within hours.

The Egyptian film “The Brink of Dreams”, also supported by the Red Sea Fund, directed by Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir, won the Golden Eye Award for Best Documentary Film, which it shared with the French film “Ernest Cole: Lost and Found”.

According to the release, RSFF has supported unique film projects and emerging talent through programs like Red Sea Fund, Red Sea Souk, and Red Sea Labs. These programs have led cinematic works to gain recognition and awards at international festivals.

ne notable film is “Four Daughters” directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Arab health ministers adopt a resolution to support the Palestinian health sector

Geneva – Together – The Arab health ministers adopted a decision to support the Palestinian health sector, during their meeting within the work of the 60th session of the Council, and before the start of the work of the 77th session of the General Assembly of the World Health Organization, which is being held in the Swiss capital, Geneva.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Majed Abu Madan, who heads the delegation of the State of Palestine, said during his speech at the meeting, ‘Urgent measures and procedures must be taken to stop the collapse of the health system, the most important of which is stopping the aggression completely and immediately, including stopping the aggression against the health system.’

The Minister of Health called urgently and immediately for adherence to international treaties, the Fourth Geneva Convention and various international laws and treaties, providing and introducing humanitarian and health aid and supplies in sufficient quantities on a permanent basis, and establishing more field

Minister Abu Ramadan stressed the work to rebuild the health infrastructure that was destroyed by the aggression, including hospitals and health centers, providing permanent financial and technical support to the Palestinian Ministry of Health to carry out its tasks, and supplying it with specialized medical delegations, urgently, until the destroyed hospitals are rebuilt.

In turn, the Minister of Health stressed that the financial crisis that the State of Palestine is going through as a result of the occupation’s piracy of Palestinian funds has a serious impact on the continued provision of medical and health services to citizens.

Minister Abu Ramadan said, “The worsening financial crisis that the Palestinian government has been suffering for several months, caused by the Israeli occupation, as the occupation deducts a large portion of the Palestinian clearance funds controlled by the occupation, has negatively affected the government’s ability to fulfill its financial obligations, including sa
laries and operational expenses.” Including the ability to pay financial obligations for medicines and medical supplies and purchase services from the private sector.

On a related level, the Minister of Health will hold a number of bilateral meetings and meetings with a number of Arab and foreign health ministers, in addition to meetings with a number of international officials in the health fields, in order to mobilize support and support for the Palestinian Ministry of Health and inform them of the latest developments regarding the continuation and escalation of the Israeli aggression against the State of Palestine, especially in Gaza strip.

The State of Palestine participates in the work of the 77th session of the General Assembly of the World Health Organization and the work of the Arab Committee for Primary Health Care, the Arab Health Committee for Emergency Preparedness and Response, and the Arab Advisory Committee for Nursing and Midwifery, in addition to the meeting of Arab drug regulatory bodies a
nd bodies, the Arab Council for Health Specialties, and the Arab Authority. For blood transfusion services, the Arab Center for Authoring and Translating Health Sciences, the Arab Fund for Health Development and other administrative issues related to the Council.

Source: Maan News Agency