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Sheikh Nawaf Al-Sabah named Kuwait new Emir

[9/29/2020 3:38:51 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Kuwaiti Cabinet on Tuesday issued a statement naming Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the new Emir of Kuwait, in accordance with the Kuwaiti constitution related to the provisions of the Emirate's succession. The statement was issued after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, chaired by Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, which was convened following the passing of the late Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.

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Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Leader, Dies at 91

[9/29/2020 3:28:40 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait who steered his tiny oil-rich country on an independent path through the Middle East’s rivalries and feuds for four decades as the country’s foreign minister and then ruler, died on Tuesday. He was 91. An official statement read on state television announced his death. The emir had undergone surgery and was then flown to the United States for medical treatment in July, according to Kuwait’s state-run news agency, KUNA. His death is expected to elevate his 82-year-old half brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to Kuwait’s leadership. While the incoming emir’s policies were not yet apparent, analysts have predicted that Kuwait would continue to act as a mediator in its turbulent neighborhood, deftly navigating between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side and those Arab states’ enemies, Iran and Qatar, on the other. A Persian Gulf country of 4.2 million people burrowed between Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north, Kuwait has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves, giving it immense wealth that has granted it a degree of independence from its more powerful neighbors.

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FM, S. Korean counterpart discuss regional developments

[9/28/2020 5:22:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and his S. Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha held talks over the phone on Monday for a discussion on Jordanian-S. Korean ties and regional ties. The coronavirus pandemic was not absent from the talks as the top diplomats reiterated both countries' solidarity in combating the novel virus; they expressed keenness to broaden bilateral ties in all fields. The talks figured high on the effort exerted to settle regional developments and materialize peace and stability. Safadi briefed Kyung-wha on the proceeding of last week's meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan, in the attendance of EU representatives. The meeting, which was hosted by the Kingdom, discussed finding a real prospect for launching negotiation on the bases of international law and the two-state solution to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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US President Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

[9/26/2020 4:45:17 PM]

AMMONNEWS - US President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett as his pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The announcement was made by Trump on Saturday days after several media outlets confirmed through sources of his upcoming choice. Barrett, 48, is an Indiana-based federal appeals court judge and known for being a devout Catholic with fervent anti-abortion views. If confirmed by the Senate, Barrett would become the third justice appointed to the nine-member high court by Trump. An airplane believed to be carrying likely Supreme Court nominee Barrett and her family has arrived at Joint Base Andrews earlier in the day. *Al Arabiya

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Palestine’s Abbas calls on UN to arrange international conference next year

[9/25/2020 11:12:26 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed Friday to the United Nations to arrange an international conference on the peace process, in the wake of Gulf Arab recognition of Israel. In an address to the UN General Assembly, Abbas asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene the meeting “early next year” and bring in “all relevant parties.” “The conference should have full authority to launch a genuine peace process based on international law,” Abbas told the virtual General Assembly in a recorded address. “It should aim to end the occupation and grant the Palestinian people their freedom and independence in their own state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and settle final-status issues, notably the refugee question,” he said. Read more: Another country will sign a peace deal with Israel in ‘next day or two’: US diplomat Bahrain, UAE deal with Israel an ‘important step’ for peace: Egypt’s FM The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month agreed to recognize Israel, a major coup Israel and diplomatic win for US President Donald Trump. The two Arab states, while saying they still support a Palestinian state, share concerns of Israel and the United States about neighboring Iran. *AFP

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FM :Two-state solution the way to achieve just peace

[9/24/2020 5:14:57 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, and top diplomats of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany, Heiko Maas, affirmed the continued joint work to find a "true" horizon to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution. In the joint press conference held on Thursday, at the conclusion of the multilateral coordination meeting, hosted by Jordan, and attended by the European Union’s envoy to the Middle East peace process, Susanna Terstal, the ministers said the two-state solution, based on international law and approved references, is the way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace. "Our meeting came at a defining moment in the region, and it reflects our keenness to work together to find real prospects for achieving a comprehensive and just peace based on the two-state solution and on the basis of international law and the approved references, including the Arab Peace Initiative," Safadi told the press. "We are all concerned about the political deadlock in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, and we all realize that progress must be made towards a comprehensive and just peace, which is a strategic choice for us all, and a necessity for regional security and international security in general as well," Safadi added. Safadi continued: "During the meeting today, which is the third within the framework of joint Egyptian-French-German-Jordanian coordination, our first meeting was held at the Munich Conference at the beginning of 2020." Then, Safad, said, our second meeting was convened remotely and discussed efforts with partners to find a "real" prospect for relaunching "serious and effective" negotiations on the basis of international law to reach the comprehensive and just peace that we all want and which constitutes the right of all the region's peoples. To the Kingdom, the Palestinian issue is the essence of the conflict, and resolving it is the key to the solution and a prerequisite to achieving a just and comprehensive peace, according to Safadi. A comprehensive and just peace cannot snub the Palestinian issue, Safadi noted, adding: "There is no comprehensive, lasting and just peace except with a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, which establishes an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 lines, with occupied Jerusalem as its capital." Continuing: "This is the solution we seek, which will achieve real peace", adding: "The moment is critical, and difficult, and we can only continue our efforts." Safadi stressed that the negotiations should start on the basis of approved references, adding relevant references include international law, previous agreements, the land- for- peace equation. Today's meeting is a message that we are all interested in advancing towards the Middle East peace and "we are continuing these efforts," according Safadi. In response to a press question, Safadi said comprehensive peace is a "strategic" choice for Jordan, adding all parties seek this lasting settlement, which will not be achieved unless a two-state solution that meets all Palestinian legitimate rights is realized. On the two peace agreements the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have recently signed with Israel, Safadi said: "these peace accords will depend on how Israel deals with them. If Israel works towards achieving comprehensive peace and resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the foundations that guarantee permanent peace and its acceptance by the people within the approved references." Accordingly, we will have advanced towards achieving the peace that we all want, and if this is not the case, the conflict will remain open, he noted.

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FM reiterates Amman's support for political solution to Syrian crisis

[9/23/2020 1:57:26 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen discussed over the phone Wednesday the latest development on the Syrian crisis and effort exerted to find a political solution to it. According to a statement issued by the Ministry, Safadi reiterated the Kingdom's support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis in a manner that would guarantee the territorial integrity, security and stability of the Syrian Republic. A solution should allow the voluntary return of refugees. Safadi emphasized the need of building on the positive impetus induced by the outcome of the Constitutional Committee's meeting as an "important step" toward the desired political solution. He underlined the necessity of providing medical and humanitarian assistance to help stabilize Syria especially that the country suffers from the economic, social and health ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. In turn, Pedersen highlighted the UN's continued effort to help start a new round of Constitutional Committee talks as well as work with all concerned parties to move forward with effort aimed at politically settling the crisis. The top diplomats agreed to continue coordination and cooperation on the Syrian crisis and means to provide support to more than 1.3 million Syrians in the Kingdom.

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