HM the King Congratulates Italian President on National Day

Rabat – His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

In the message, HM the King expresses His warmest congratulations and His best wishes to Mattarella and the Italian people.

“The time-honored Moroccan-Italian friendship, which is almost two centuries old, is a source of great pride for both our countries. It attests to the vibrancy and durability of our special, constructive cooperation,’ emphasizes the Sovereign.

HM the King also took the opportunity to reaffirm His determination to continue working with the Italian President to strengthen bilateral relations in all sectors, serve both peoples’ common interests and promote solidarity and closer ties between peoples in the Mediterranean basin.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Russian Defense Downs 3 Ukrainian Drones

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced Sunday that three Ukrainian drones were shot down over the territory of the Russian Federation.

A statement issued by the Ministry said that Ukrainian attempts to launch drone attacks on the territory of the Russian Federation were thwarted, adding that its air defense systems shot down two drones over the Kursk and Belgorod provinces, and another drone over the Azov Sea.

Ukraine has stepped up its drone attacks on Russian regions in recent months.

Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, and asserts it will continue until its full goals are achieved.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Minister of State for International Cooperation Bids Farewell to Ambassadors of Malaysia, Republic of Korea

Doha: HE Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater met on Sunday with HE Ambassador of Malaysia to the State of Qatar Zamshari bin Shaharan and HE Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the State of Qatar Joon-Ho Lee, on the occasion of the end of their tenure.

HE the Minister of State for International Cooperation thanked the two Ambassadors for their efforts in enhancing and promoting the bilateral relations, wishing them success in their new duties.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Chairman of Libyan Presidential Council Receives Message from Chinese President

Chairman of the Presidential Council of the State of Libya Mohamed Al Menfi received a written message from Chinese President Xi Jinping pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries.

Libyan News Agency (LANA) said that the message included China’s commitment to its principled stance on the Palestinian cause, which is the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and its recognition as a full member state in the United Nations.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Minister of Environment Stresses Necessity of Good Planning to Address Radiation Risks After Expanding Its Civilian Uses

Doha: HE Minister of Environment and Climate Change Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie emphasized that the multiplicity and diversity in the use of radiological and nuclear applications in various civil fields demonstrated the necessity of planning to address radiological and nuclear risks, pointing to the great acceleration in the employment and use of nuclear technologies, as a result of the increasing need for electrical energy and reducing carbon emissions.

This came in His Excellency’s opening speech at the workshop on the national radiological and nuclear emergency plan, which began on Sunday and will run for two days in the presence of HE Minister of State for Interior Affairs Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Faisal bin Mohammed Al-Thani, HE Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, and HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, with the participation of a number of relevant entities and institutions.

HE the Minister of Environment a
nd Climate Change indicated that the ministry is reviewing the national arrangements related to preparedness for radiological and nuclear emergencies, and preparing studies and documents related to this matter, including the national database of radioactive materials present in some licensed institutions and facilities in the country.

His Excellency pointed out that the ministry monitors any abnormal changes to support early warning arrangements or activate the national response to emergencies, adding that the ministry uses the latest devices and technologies for radiological detection and analysis for all cases.

His Excellency said that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change coordinated with the relevant national authorities to prepare the national plan for radiological and nuclear emergencies, which was in line with the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), explaining that the plan includes all precautions and preventive measures that are taken in emergencies, as well a
s specifying the roles and responsibilities of the authorities according to their competencies in national legislation.

HE the Minister of Environment and Climate Change noted the importance of the workshop in enhancing joint work and integrating the efforts and expertise of national institutions, saying that it comes as a prelude to the final adoption of the plan, and the start of implementing the next stages by preparing the arrangements and subsidiary and institutional plans necessary to implement the requirements of the national plan for radiological and nuclear emergencies.

For his part, Assistant Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MECC) and Qatar’s National Liaison Officer for Technical Cooperation Programs at IAEA Abdulhadi Nasser Al Marri addressed the national plan for radiological and nuclear emergency as one of the initiatives launched by the MECC to achieve the objectives of Qatar’s Third National Development Strategy (NDS3) 2024-2030 and
is also consistent with the goals of the fourth pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030, related to environmental development.

The Assistant Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs indicated that the plan received the attention and participation of all concerned parties in the country and that it includes precautions and preventive measures to protect the population, the environment, and emergency responders, in accordance with the standards issued by the IAEA, and also includes defining the roles and responsibilities of the parties concerned with the response.

In the same context, Director of the Department of Radiation Protection and Chemicals at the MECC Eng. Abdul Rahman Al Abdul Jabbar indicated that the national plan was prepared with great care and precision, due to its great importance in confronting any effects resulting from nuclear and radiological accidents and emergencies, as it was carried out in the latest global manner in this field, and in accordance with the highest international standar
ds and evidence issued by the IAEA.

Eng. Abdul Rahman Al Abdul Jabbar explained that during the work on preparing the national plan, there was complete harmony and coordination between the participants in developing the plan, who represent all relevant national institutions in this regard. He indicated that this workshop is considered the first episode in a series of workshops and training courses that the MECC will prepare during the coming period, which will contribute to raising the capabilities of national cadres for early preparedness to respond to accidents and bring them to professionalism in implementing all provisions of the national plan and greatly mastering the instructions and precautions contained therein.

The workshop, which was organized by the Department of Radiation Protection at the MECC witnessed practical training to implement the national plan for radiological and nuclear emergencies, with the participation of various specialized teams from other national institutions. It also highligh
ted the preventive and control measures that must be taken in such cases, in addition to a presentation of the latest devices and technologies approved nationally and internationally in the field of radiation and nuclear protection.

This workshop comes within the framework of the efforts of the MECC to organize and hold technical cooperation and national coordination workshops that will support and develop the capabilities of the State of Qatar and its institutions in protecting humans and the environment from damage that may result from unnatural radiation leaks, preparing to respond to accidents, and national coordination between concerned national authorities in the country.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Halla Tomasdottir Elected as Iceland’s Next President

The entrepreneur and investor Halla Tomasdottir won the presidential elections in Iceland on Sunday, succeeding the incumbent President Gu?ni Th. Johannesson.

Tomasdottir, 55-year-old, secured 34 percent of votes against the former Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir who resigned in April after receiving the support of 25 percent votes, the Iceland-run broadcaster RUV said.

Being elected for a four-year term, Tomasdottir has limited political powers in the country that has a population of roughly 400,000 people.

Source: Qatar News Agency