National committee on combating smoking holds first meeting, 1st add, final add

The prime minister stressed that “We shouldn’t stand still on this issue, which has a very serious impact on the health and future of next generations,” noting that the committee will develop a work program and procedures according to a timetable to mitigate it.

Razzaz pointed to the importance of raising awareness and immunity measures so that young people at an early age would realize the dangers of smoking and its addiction, especially that quitting smoking is more difficult than starting its addiction.

The committee stressed the need to fully enforce the Public Health Law to prevent smoking in public and closed areas, starting with ministries, public institutions, schools and universities and prohibit the sale of tobacco to children under legal consequences, in addition to a series of government measures and policies on protection, awareness and strengthen the role of clinics that encourage quitting smoking.

Princess Dina Mired warned of the danger of smoking in Jordan on the health of Jordanians and young people in particular, noting she has followed up closely during her time as Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Center over the past years on the high treatment bill for cancer caused by smoking as well as other diseases such as heart and arteries and diabetes.

She expressed her confidence that the committee will have a positive effect in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jordanian youth. She also thanked the Prime Minister for prioritizing this issue, especially since 70 percent of men and 45 of the youth in Jordan are addicted to smoking.

She said the committee will work in a comprehensive and scientifically studied way to protect young people and children from the dangers of smoking, and ensure that the door will be shut in front of smoking companies to carry out their propaganda and marketing programs for youth and children.

Representative of the WHO office in Amman briefed the committee on the phenomenon of smoking in Jordan, stressing that the smoking index in most countries and regions of the world, except for the Arab region, is witnessing an increase in the numbers and percentage of smokers, pointing out that the cost of treating diseases caused by smoking in Jordan reaches about JD200 million annually.

Source: Jordan News Agency Petra

House speaker receives Saudi parliamentary delegation

Amman, Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament and Head of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) Atef Tarawneh on Sunday received a delegation from Saudi Arabia.

The delegation included Ambassador to Jordan Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud and Head of the Jordanian-Saudi Brotherhood Parliamentary Committee, Saleh Al-Khaliwi, who is also the head of a delegation from the Saudi Shura Council, a formal advisory body of Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, Tarawneh underlined the deep-rooted bilateral ties under the two countries’ leadership.

He stressed the importance of coordinating and enhancing joint parliamentary work between the Jordanian Lower House and the Saudi Shura Council to serve the Arab nation’s core issues, and to unite Arab countries in the face of challenges.

He said his message at the AIPU stems from the importance of uniting and coordinating positions so that Arab efforts are not scattered especially when voting on stances and decisions at international parliamentary unions.

The Saudi envoy underscored the distinguished and historic ties that are boosted regularly to serve the Jordanian and Saudi peoples.

He said the two countries positions are always in favor of the Arab and Islamic nations’ issues, pointing to the ongoing coordination and consultation between their leaders.

Head of the Jordanian-Saudi brotherhood committee Saleh Al-Khaliwi pointed out the committee’s keenness to boost joint parliamentary work, noting it will discuss with members of the Jordanian committee means of enhancing cooperation and prospects of joint action in a number of parliamentary affairs.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Light planes collide mid-air in New Zealand

Amman, Two light aircraft collided mid-air on their final approach at a regional aerodrome in New Zealand on Sunday killing both pilots, police said.

According to Reuters, four parachutists on board of one of the planes had jumped shortly before it crashed with the other plane, a training aircraft. A helicopter, also preparing to land, managed to avoid the collision.

The police said that both planes dropped immediately after impact, hitting the ground south of the Hood Aerodrome near the town of Masterton.

The police would not release the names of the victims, saying they were still trying to locate family members.

Source: Jordan News Agency

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed visits National Historical Museum in Sofia.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has visited Bulgaria’s National Historical Museum in Sofia, as part of his official visit to the country.

During the visit, Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva and Abdulwahab Nasser Hassan Al Najjar, UAE Ambassador to Bulgaria.

Sheikh Abdullah toured the museum, founded on 5th May 1973, contains over 650,000 objects connected to archaeology, the fine arts, history and ethnography.

He was briefed about the Thracian gold treasures, the centrepiece of the Thracian art collection, Boyana Church, and other artefacts in the museum.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives Malaysian King.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today received Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia, who is currently visiting the country.

Upon his arrival, the Malaysian King was accorded an official reception where the national anthem of his country was played, and a 21-gun salute was fired in his honour. King Shah was also greeted by a number of Sheikhs and senior officials who welcomed his visit to the UAE.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also greeted the high-ranking senior officials accompanying the honourable guest.

Among those welcoming the Malaysian King were Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council; H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President; Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Board Chairman of the Presidential Flight; Theyab bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan; Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office; and Sheikh Zayed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Director of the Office of the Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region.

Also greeting the guests were Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of the Federal Supreme Council at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice and Head of Mission of Honour; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority; Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development and Member of the Executive Council; Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police; Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; Khalid Ghanem Al Ghaith, UAE Ambassador to Malaysia, and a number of representatives of youth councils in the state.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

One of key suspects of Sri Lanka bomb attacks arrested: Interpol

Amman, France-based international police agency Interpol on Friday announced the arrest of “one of the alleged ringleaders” of suicide bombings, which rocked hotels and churches across Sri Lanka two months ago.

Following the publication of an Interpol Red Notice, which is a request to law enforce, Ahamed Milhan Hayathu Mohamed was detained in the Middle East, it said in a statement.

Wanted on charges of terrorism and murder, the 29-year-old Sri Lankan national was extradited on Friday to Sri Lanka along with four other suspects, it added.

“The arrest and extradition of one of the key suspects in the Sri Lanka bomb attacks is an important step in the ongoing investigation, and one which Interpol is proud to have supported,” said the agency Secretary General Jurgen Stock.

Source: Jordan News Agency