Second Jordanian injured in traffic accident in Syria dies

Amman, The Jordanian embassy in Damascus informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the death of the second Jordanian who was injured in a traffic accident yesterday near the Khirbet Ghazala area near the Jordanian-Syrian border while returning to the Kingdom, the ministry’s operation center said.

“The Jordanian embassy in Damascus is following up on the procedures for transporting the bodies of the deceased to the Kingdom as quickly as possible,” the operations center said in a statement.

Source: Jordan News Agency

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed participates in Quad meeting on Yemen.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Adel Al Jubeir Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and David Satterfield, United States acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, met today in London to discuss the situation in Yemen.

At the end of the meeting, the Quad nations issued a statement in which they underlined their commitment to a comprehensive political solution for the conflict in Yemen and their endorsement of the agreements reached in Stockholm by the Yemeni parties in December 2018.

The Ministers underlined that the firing of Iranian made and facilitated ballistic missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by Houthi forces into neighbouring countries posed threats to regional security and prolonged the conflict.

The Ministers expressed full support for Saudi Arabia and its legitimate national security concerns and called for an immediate end to such attacks by Houthi forces and their allies.

The Quad members expect the Yemeni parties to start the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement immediately and in particular called on the Houthis to redeploy from the ports of Saleef, Ras Issa, and Hodeidah. The Quad members looked to the Security Council to review progress on such implementation when they meet on May 15, with the expectation that implementation will be underway at that point.

The four representatives noted that implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement would not only have an immediate and significant positive impact upon the lives of Yemeni people, but was a crucial first step towards the larger goal of an enduring comprehensive political settlement in the country.

In that regard, the Quad nations reiterated their full support for the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen in implementing the Hodeidah Agreement, which will give the opportunity to start a comprehensive, inclusive and enduring political process, in line with his mandate.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chinese official: Jordan is important for our relations with Arab countries

Amman, Jordan is a key player in the Arab world and is important for our relations with the Arab countries, said Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Amman Zhang Haitao.

The official made the remarks during a meeting with a number of journalists on the occasion of the “Belt and Road” Forum which concludes in Beijing today under the patronage of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Haitao said the volume of trade exchange between Jordan and China reaches more than $3 billion, pointing to major Chinese projects being implemented in Jordan.

He noted that China is a financer and investor in the Attarat Power Plant, an oil shale-fueled power plant under construction in the Attarat Um Ghudran.

Haitao stressed China’s continued assistance to Jordan, which is represented in three areas, including infrastructure projects, humanitarian assistance and human resources development.

The official said his country is the largest provider of training to Jordan, adding that last year, 438 officials and technicians took part in bilateral and multilateral training courses to promote international cooperation.

He added that China’s aid to Jordan is continuing uninterrupted and is being offered without political condition.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Emirates Diplomatic Academy draws attention to humanitarian challenges in Sahel region.

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, hosted a panel discussion on “Humanitarian Challenges in the Sahel and the Role of Diplomacy”.

Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs at MoFAIC, inaugurated the event in which diplomats and representatives of non-governmental organisations, as well as students, faculty and staff of the academy participated.

Dr. Sara Chehab, EDA faculty member and Academic Programmes Manager, moderated the discussion, with panellists including Bernardino Leon, Director-General of EDA; Patrick Youssef, ICRC Deputy Regional Director for Africa, and Jean-Nicolas Marti, ICRC Head of Delegation in Mali.

Comprising 10 countries and home to some 300 million people, the Sahel region in Africa is one of the most environmentally degraded areas of the world, with temperature increases, projected to be 1.5 times higher than the global average, according to the United Nations.

In his keynote address, Al Shamsi said, “For the past five years, the UAE has been one of the world’s largest providers of official development assistance relative to gross national income, GNI. In 2018, contributions to the least developed countries in Africa reached US$1.15 billion, corresponding to 15.3 per cent of the total disbursement of UAE foreign aid.

“Foreign assistance is not just a question of funding, but about finding a new way to deal with the complexities and tensions that surround humanitarian emergencies around the world, in particular for the Sahel crisis.”

Patrick Youssef said, “The Sahel is affected by overlapping and spreading conflicts. Climate change, food insecurity and violence are exacerbating humanitarian crises and disrupting traditional means of survival in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger Mauritania and Nigeria. In response, the ICRC is conducting major humanitarian efforts by providing food aid, clean water, medical care and the vital means of production to people. The ICRC constantly reminds all weapon bearers to protect the lives and dignity of civilians. Discussions, such as the panel hosted today by the EDA with MoFAIC, are the key in defining how we can improve the humanitarian situation in the Sahel, in the face of the ongoing challenges.”

EDA is a distinguished educational institution that serves as the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify Emirati talent for diplomatic careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy brings international expertise and experience to the UAE to prepare its graduates to represent their country abroad at the highest levels.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chinese president calls for rejecting protectionism

China, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on dozens of world leaders to reject protectionism and invited more countries to participate in his global infrastructure project.

“We need to build an open world economy and reject protectionism,” President Xi told leaders taking part in Belt and Road (BRI)Forum.

“We need to encourage the full participation of more countries and companies, thus expanding the pie of common interests,” Xi said.

The three-day forum is attended by 37 leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UAE leaders congratulate President of Tanzania on National Day.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President John Joseph Magufuli of Tanzania on the occasion of his country’s Union Day anniversary.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar messages to President Magufuli.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also dispatched messages to Kassim Majaliwa, Prime Minister of Tanzania, on the occasion.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs