EU and Arab League foreign ministers meet in Brussels

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EU foreign ministers are to hold an informal lunch in Brussels with foreign ministers from the League of Arab States (LAS) follow-up committee. It comes on the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council , and will be hosted by the EU high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, and will include ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority, as well as the secretary general of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby. They will discuss how to pursue further options aimed at achieving a two-state solution.

Munich Security Conference

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Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

Tillerson to travel to Kuwait for anti-IS coalition meeting

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt from February 11-16, where in Kuwait he will lead the US delegation to the Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS) and participate in the Iraq Reconstruction Conference, it was announced Thursday. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement “this is the third time Tillerson will gather with his counterparts for a meeting of the Global Coalition and the first since the defeat of (IS) in Raqqa and Iraq declared its territory liberated.” Tillerson “will express his appreciation to Kuwait for hosting these events at a critical time,” she affirmed.

World Economic Forum holds annual conference in Davos

 

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The 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is to take place in Davos, Switzerland. The theme, “Strengthening Cooperation in a Fractured World”, will make a case for renewed commitment to international collaboration as a way of solving critical global challenges. More than 2,500 participants from over 100 countries will participate in over 400 sessions. Some 3,000 leaders from government, business and civil society will also convene at the annual meeting. More than 40 heads of state or government, including Group of Twenty (G20) countries, are also expected to attend.

Gulf Parliaments conference

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Kuwait hosting a forthcoming conference involving chief lawmakers from the Gulf region will be instrumental in restoring normalcy amid an ongoing rift, the country’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Wednesday.

The Kuwait-hosted conference that brings together parliament speakers from the Gulf region on January 8-9 will be the third major event to have taken place in the country, coming off a recent Gulf summit and the ongoing Arabian Gulf Cup football tournament, to which Al-Ghanim described as a “good omen.” He cited His Highness the Amir’s earnest desire to have the conference happen in Kuwait, saying it was met with unanimous agreement.

Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss Syria with Macron in Paris

 

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Paris on Jan. 5 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, with the conflict in Syria high on the agenda, a source in the French president’s office said on Saturday.

Among the regional crises the two leaders plan to discuss, there would be a particular focus on Syria as well as on the Palestinian situation, the source said, weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Gulf Cup moved to Kuwait

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Kuwait will make its much-awaited return to international football as host of the prestigious Gulf Cup starting December 22, it was confirmed Friday.

The 23rd edition of the tournament was to be held in Qatar but was offered to Kuwait as a gesture of friendship and solidarity for staunchly standing by the country during the course of the blockade imposed on it by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain with support from Egypt.

The tournament will go ahead with no change in dates and with the representation of all the eight teams as originally planned.

Turkish President calls Islamic summit on Jerusalem

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the expected US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of Jerusalem, Mr President is calling a leaders’ summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to display joint action among Islamic countries,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara.

Emmanuel Macron visits Qatar

 

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French President Emmanuel Macron will make a short visit on December 7 to Qatar, said Monday the spokesman of the government.

The French president will travel directly to Doha from Algiers, where he will make an official visit on December 6, said Benjamin Griveaux. During this one-day trip, Mr. Macron should be received by Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani, whom he had hosted in Paris on September 15.

Kuwait to host GCC summit

 

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Kuwait will go ahead and host an annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit next month, despite an ongoing rift between some member states.

The invitations to all six member Gulf states were sent out, the source said on Wednesday, with the summit due to be held on December 5-6.

The summit comes at a delicate time after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of backing extremism and fostering ties with Iran – charges that Qatar vehemently denies.