Saudi Arabia will donate $10 billion in aid to Yemen, $2 billion to the central bank and $8 billion to reconstruct the run-down areas including areas destroyed by Houthi militias. The news was revealed by the Country’s President Hadi during a meeting on Wednesday with Prime Minister and governors of Taiz, Aden, Sana’a, Bayda and others. Hadi also said they will succed in overcoming the terroristic forces represented by Houthis and Saleh and placed the priority on streamling services related to electricity, health, water, education, roads and telecommunications.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told state TV on Saturday that Iraq won’t take part in any regional or international conflicts, this after the phone call of Abadi with U.S. President Donald Trump during which tensions with Iran were mentioned. “Iraq is very keen to preserve its national interests (..)and does not wish to be part of any regional or international conflict which would lead to disasters for the region and for Iraq,” he have said. Iran has close ties with the Shi’ite political elite ruling Iraq while Washington is providing critical military support to Iraqi forces battling Islamic State. For politicals commentator “The Iraqi prime minister DrAbadi is stressing once again the policy of neutrality and to steer clear from conflicts”.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Sweden’s prime minister in Tehran on Saturday, President Rouhani called for EU’s backing for trade between Iran and European banks and companies in order to tap into the post-JCPOA situation for serving the mutual interests of the two sides.Iran and Sweden are determined to restore economic relations to pre-sanctions levels, adding that Tehran counts on the potential of the Export Guarantee Fund and pursues closer banking ties with Sweden to that end. President Rouhani described the Swedish PM’s landmark visit to Iran with a big economic delegation, including representatives of 40 major corporations, as a sign of both countries’ serious resolve to enhance relations, discuss ways to ease tensions in the Middle East, and contribute to regional and international peace and stability. For his part, Stefan Lofven described it as an honor to be the first Swedish prime minister to pay an official visit to Iran.
The Egyptian authorities decided on Saturday morning to open the main gate of Rafah border crossing for three days, so that buses carrying patients and students from Gaza could move to Egypt. Egyptian authorities have, for the most part, kept the Rafah border crossing closed since July 2013. They had launched a campaign to destroy illegal underground tunnels, which have been vital in supplying Gaza residents with food, medicine, fuel, and building materials. The Egyptian army employs another method of destroying the tunnels, and that is by flooding them—a method often condemned by Hamas, the quasi ruler of the Gaza Strip
After the US commando raid in Al-Bayda against al-Qaeda, which killed many civilians, Yemen won’t suspend counter-terrorism operations with the US governments. Sana’a had not withdrawn its permission for the US to carry out special terrorism operations but the country and President Hadi expressed their reservations about the last operation. Any operations carry out in Yemen should be in consultation with Yemen authorities and should prevent civilian casualties.
The White House says that the telephone conversation between President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was very friendly, according to official statements Trump would accept, on Jinping request, to continue with the “one China” policy, inaugurated by President Nixon in the ’70s. The tension between the US and China had become stronger when Trump had admitted that the “one China” policy was a limit to the United States in relations with Beijing, after “clashed” several times the two leaders have given themselves appointment for an official meeting, not yet scheduled.
The Court of Appeals of San Francisco confirmed the block at the Travel Ban signed on January 27th by President Trump, according to the Court, the President is empowered to prohibit access in the country to certain categories of people to protect national security but the measure of Trump could be in conflict with the 1st amendment and therefore the President should have consulted the Supreme Court on the matter. Trump’s reaction was not long in coming through Twitter has promised that the legal battle is not over yet and it was decided to have recourse to the Supreme Court, many legal experts agree with the position taken by the Court of Appeal and make note that a possible ruling of the Supreme Court could be a danger to the President sight the equal composition that is to say 4 Liberals and four Conservatives.
Turkey’s EU minister warned Friday that Europe was building walls instead of setting up bridges over crises. “The rising far-right movement in Europe is ideologically creating brand-new Berlin walls within the European continent,” Omer Celik told reporters at the Turkish embassy in Paris. Celik said that the only way out was for Europe to turn crises into opportunities as it did in past, referring to the refugee crisis, adding that the EU had failed to strengthen its enlargement policy and negotiation grounds with Turkey. “Because of their undermining approach and withdrawing their enlargement policy, they have not been able to turn this crisis into an opportunity. “They instead came out with an approach that threatens the common peace of all” he said. Minister Celik had meetings with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of State for EU Affairs Harlem Desir and Senate President Gerard Larcher on his first day of visit to the French capital on Thursday. He also spoke at a conference on the future of Europe at IFRI, a French think tank on international affairs.
The National Assembly rejected the agreement that provided for the sale of state company of Petromonagas hydrocarbons to Russian national company Rosneft. According to deputies, the government would have violated several constitutional dictates going to deal with Rosnfet without the consent of Parliament. Also more according to some Parliamentarians, the President of Petromonagas, Eulogio Del Pino, would not provide to the competent Parliamentary Commission the documents about the relationships between and Petromonagas Rosnefet, which according to deputies already owns 40% of Venezuelan society. To make matters worse the debts of the Petromonogas are sides to $ 70 billion and that over the past 9 years would lower production by 35%, causing loss to the state approximately of $ 12 billion of gains.
Islamic State militants have shifted to desert valleys and inland hills southeast of Tripoli as they seek to exploit Libya’s political divisions after defeat in their former stronghold of Sirte, security officials say. The militants, believed to number several hundred and described as “remnants” of Islamic State’s Libya operation, are
trying to foment chaos by cutting power and water supplies and to identify receptive local communities, the officials said. They are being monitored through aerial surveillance and on-the-ground intelligence, but Libyan officials said they cannot easily be targeted without advanced air power of the kind used by the United States on Jan. 19, when B-2 bombers killed more than 80 militants in a strike southwest of Sirte. The threat is focused south of the coastal strip between Misrata and Tripoli, arcing to the southeast around the town of Bani Walid and into the desert south of Sirte, said Ismail Shukri, head of military intelligence in Misrata. One group of 60-80 militants is operating around Girza, 170 km (105 miles) west of Sirte, another group of about 100 is based around Zalla and Mabrouk oil field, about 300 km southeast of Sirte, and there are reports of a third group present in AlUwaynat, close the Algerian border, he said.