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UAE’s high level officials were the targets of the deadly attack in Kandahar

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“The deadly attack in Kandahar likely plotted outside the country and it targeted several high levels official including UAE Ambassador”, said the National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Atmar. In a press conference he added that this attack carried out with support of the enemy of the country. Taliban Group, despite carried out some terrorist attacks in the same day, rejected their involvment in this particular attack, to preserve the relationship with Islamic State close to the Afghan government. Abdul Raziq, the police provincial chief, said that this attacks were carried out by Haqqani with the support of Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), the spy wing of the Pakistani military.

Saudi Ambassador visits the UK to discuss relief work and humanitarian aid

At the British Ministry of International Development, Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf and Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief general supervisor, on Monday met with British government and nongovernment relief agencies to discuss about humanitarian activities in various countries. Al-Rabeeah said that the visit “comes as a confirmation of the pioneering role of Saudi Arabia in the area of relief and humanitarian aid under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman”. He also emphasized the leading role being played by Saudi Arabia in relief work and humanitarian aid across the world, particularly in Yemen.

Ambassador of Poland in Tunis assures Polish tourists will return to Tunisia

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Polish tourists will go back to Tunisia, ambassador of Poland in Tunis Lidia Milka-Wieczorkiewicz said Wednesday in Tunis. Several Polish tour operators have already started charter flights to Tunisia on the basis of two flights a week, the diplomat added at a meeting in Tunis with the civil society to assess Poland’s support for democracy in Tunisia in the period 2012-2016. According to the diplomat, Polish tour operators have envisaged an increase in their tourist activities to Tunisia during the high and the after-season 2017. “Two flights will be operated every Thursday to and from Polish cities Warsaw and Katowice,” said the ambassador. According to her, the Tunisian Minister of Tourism will soon travel to Warsaw to meet her Polish counterpart and the country’s tour operators and biggest travel agencies. During this meeting, she added, an overview will be given on the democratic transition process initiated in Tunisia and prospects for the development of Tunisian tourism. “The objective of this trip is to identify ways to bring tourism professionals together in both countries in order to increase tourism flows in both directions,” she added. The Polish tourist market has fallen sharply after the bloody attacks on the Bardo Museum and a hotel in Sousse in 2015.

Turkey: new ambassador to Israel

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On Wednesday, Turkish President Erdogan named his country’s ambassador to Israel, signaling the nearing of the full renewal of diplomatic ties between the two countries, which ruptured following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. Turkey’s Kemal Ökem was selected to head the embassy in Tel Aviv the day after senior diplomat Eitan Na’eh was nominated as Israel’s ambassador in Ankara. Ökem was nominated to the ambassadorship from his current position of foreign policy adviser to the Turkish Prime Minister. Once Na’eh’s appointment is approved by the cabinet, Israel and Turkey are expected to simultaneously announce the mutual exchange of ambassadors.

Cooperation between France and Tunisia to create a connecting railway to ports and phosphate transport

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The French Development Agency is preparing to establish a diversified partnership with the Gafsa region, in particular with the Phosphates Company to create rail lines connected to ports and dedicated to phosphate transport, especially to the governorate of Sfax, France’s ambassador in Tunis, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor told TAP on Tuesday during his visit to the region. France is willing to finance this project, he said. Efforts are being made to boost the partnership between Gafsa governorate and several French regions, including Lille and the Pays de la Loire, the diplomat said, pointing out that a cultural centre will be created in Gafsa as part of the promotion of the sector in the region. The visit of the French Ambassador in Gafsa is part of monitoring the project to rehabilitate the districts of Essourour and El Moula, financed by AFD and the Tunisian Agency for Rehabilitation and Urban Renewal (ARRU). During his meeting with the governor of Gafsa, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor spoke about the multidisciplinary hospital project that will be carried out in 3 or 4 years for EUR 60 million in the framework of the recycling of part of Tunisia’s debt to France. This project will have a large influence on neighbouring regions, he pointed out.

Current cooperation between Yemen and Russia renewed

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Acting Minister of Defense Husein Khairan met on Tuesday in Sana’a the acting Russian ambassador to Sana’a. During the meeting, they reviewed the current cooperation relations between the two countries, out of which the ongoing military cooperation between the two countries’ armies, in addition to a number of issues of common interest. Khairan affirmed readiness to facilitate tasks of the Russian acting ambassador in order to boost and expand cooperation relations between the Republic of Yemen and Russia. For his part, the Russian acting ambassador affirmed his country’s firm stance with Yemen’s unity, security and stability, affirming that he will exert all efforts in order to translate that in a way that serves relations of the two countries in different fields.

USA: Dialogue between societies to create the base for positive welcoming environment

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On Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Daniel Rubinstein said societies with developing and developed economies should have conversations to create the positive welcoming environment so also young people can take the risks, be creative and start their own businesses.

“A conversation will go on in all of our societies with developing and developed economies to create that positive welcoming environment, not only the legal and regulatory environment but also in all of these issues (risk and failure) to allow young people to pursue their dreams and to create wealth and jobs to solve their societies’ problems,” the U.S. Ambassador told TAP at a debate at the headquarters of Wiki Start Up.

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