Palestinian PM, FM to attend meeting of donor countries in Brussels tomorrow

Ramallah (UNA-OIC) � Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah and Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki left for Belgium to participate in the Emergency Meeting of Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) of donor countries, to be held at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Hamdallah and Malki headed to the Belgian capital on Tuesday, where they will also meet officials from various European countries and international organizations that provide aid to Palestine.

Malki told Voice of Palestine Radio that the AHLC meeting, be held at the level of foreign ministers, will assess the opportunities and possibilities to reach peace and reduce the repercussions of the US declaration on Jerusalem. He said the Arab Six-Party Committee will participate in the meeting, noting that there is great interest from the EU to coordinate with the Arab parties in order to study the next steps in the aftermath of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The foreign minister noted that after AHLC meeting, the Palestinians will have a clear vision on the possibility of the EU playing a separate role in the peace process or within an international context. He added that various ideas will be discussed on the role that could be assumed by the EU to bring peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Ramallah (UNA-OIC) � Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah and Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki left for Belgium to participate in the Emergency Meeting of Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) of donor countries, to be held at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Hamdallah and Malki headed to the Belgian capital on Tuesday, where they will also meet officials from various European countries and international organizations that provide aid to Palestine.

Malki told Voice of Palestine Radio that the AHLC meeting, be held at the level of foreign ministers, will assess the opportunities and possibilities to reach peace and reduce the repercussions of the US declaration on Jerusalem. He said the Arab Six-Party Committee will participate in the meeting, noting that there is great interest from the EU to coordinate with the Arab parties in order to study the next steps in the aftermath of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The foreign minister noted that after AHLC meeting, the Palestinians will have a clear vision on the possibility of the EU playing a separate role in the peace process or within an international context. He added that various ideas will be discussed on the role that could be assumed by the EU to bring peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

MWL to hold global counter-terrorism conference at UN

Makkah (OIC-UNA) – The Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) signed a cooperation agreement with the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCRL) to organize an international counter-terrorism conference at the headquarters of United Nations in New York….

Makkah (OIC-UNA) – The Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) signed a cooperation agreement with the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCRL) to organize an international counter-terrorism conference at the headquarters of United Nations in New York.

The conference, which will gather together religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals from all over the world, will help confront extremist and terrorist ideas and encourage moderation. The agreement was signed between MWL Secretary General Sheikh Mohammed Al-Issa and WCRL Secretary General Bawa Jain, in Riyadh. Jain said the MWL has become a global and influential entity and the world has become attentive to it.

In this context, Adil Al-Harbi, adviser for international relations at the MWL, said the proposed conference is expected to have a big international presence with special emphasis on peace and clearing the atmosphere, materially and morally, and facing extremist and terrorist ideology. He said the step constitutes a key shift in the framework of enhancing the global programs of the MWL. The MWL has become one of the leading cultural and religious foundations around the globe in its capacity as an umbrella of the Islamic nations and its strong and influential relations, said Al-Harbi. He said the MWL has represented the Islamic World at a number of global forums and presented a civilized message that has maintained Islamic identity and, at the same time, coped with the contemporary period in a positive way.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is sinful, says Abbas at Cairo conference

Cairo (UNA-OIC) � The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday again blasted US President Donald Trump in a fiery and emotional speech, saying the U.S. leader’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was sinful and ill-fated.

Addressing the Al-Azhar International Conference in Support of Jerusalem in Cairo, he said that the United States has disqualified itself from continuing as a broker in the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a role America has had for decades, The Associated Press reported .

His comments came ahead of a weekend visit to the region by US Vice President Mike Pence, the most senior American official to visit the Middle East since Trump’s Jerusalem decision in December. Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel, but won’t meet with Palestinians.

Abbas said the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Jerusalem will be a gate for peace only if it is Palestine’s capital, and it will be a gate of war, fear and the absence of security and stability, God forbid, if it is not,” Abbas said. “It’s the gate for peace and war and President Trump must choose between the two.”

Abbas said Jerusalem is our eternal capital, to which we belong, just as it belongs to us. He also renewed his call on Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem, adding that doing so would not amount to “normalization” with Israel. “Visiting the prisoner does not mean normalization with the jailor,” he said. “Don’t abandon us,” he pleaded. “Visits by Muslims, Arabs and Christians lend support to the city, amount to the protection of its holy sites and give support to its (Arab) residents.”

Abbas also met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi later on Wednesday. The Egyptian presidential spokesman said el-Sissi reassured Abbas of Egypt’s continued efforts toward the creation of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Egypt was the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel, in 1979.

Addressing the conference, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, described Trump’s Jerusalem decision as “unjust,” and said it must be countered by a revival of awareness of the Palestinian struggle. “We want this year, 2018, to be the year of Jerusalem, a year in which we offer moral and material support to the people of Jerusalem,” he said.

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen; Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit; Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim; Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Alsheikh; Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa; Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Meshaal bin Fahm Al-Salami; and Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit are among the dignitaries who attended the conference, which will conclude on Thursday.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Cairo (UNA-OIC) � The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday again blasted US President Donald Trump in a fiery and emotional speech, saying the U.S. leader’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was sinful and ill-fated.

Addressing the Al-Azhar International Conference in Support of Jerusalem in Cairo, he said that the United States has disqualified itself from continuing as a broker in the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a role America has had for decades, The Associated Press reported .

His comments came ahead of a weekend visit to the region by US Vice President Mike Pence, the most senior American official to visit the Middle East since Trump’s Jerusalem decision in December. Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel, but won’t meet with Palestinians.

Abbas said the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Jerusalem will be a gate for peace only if it is Palestine’s capital, and it will be a gate of war, fear and the absence of security and stability, God forbid, if it is not,” Abbas said. “It’s the gate for peace and war and President Trump must choose between the two.”

Abbas said Jerusalem is our eternal capital, to which we belong, just as it belongs to us. He also renewed his call on Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem, adding that doing so would not amount to “normalization” with Israel. “Visiting the prisoner does not mean normalization with the jailor,” he said. “Don’t abandon us,” he pleaded. “Visits by Muslims, Arabs and Christians lend support to the city, amount to the protection of its holy sites and give support to its (Arab) residents.”

Abbas also met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi later on Wednesday. The Egyptian presidential spokesman said el-Sissi reassured Abbas of Egypt’s continued efforts toward the creation of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Egypt was the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel, in 1979.

Addressing the conference, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, described Trump’s Jerusalem decision as “unjust,” and said it must be countered by a revival of awareness of the Palestinian struggle. “We want this year, 2018, to be the year of Jerusalem, a year in which we offer moral and material support to the people of Jerusalem,” he said.

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen; Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit; Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim; Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Alsheikh; Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa; Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Meshaal bin Fahm Al-Salami; and Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit are among the dignitaries who attended the conference, which will conclude on Thursday.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Turkish parliament speaker meets Iranian counterpart

Tehran (UNA-OIC) – Turkish Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman met here on Monday his Iranian counterpart, Anadolu Agency reported. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of Inter-Parliamentary Union of OIC member states. Kahraman …

Tehran (UNA-OIC) – Turkish Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman met here on Monday his Iranian counterpart, Anadolu Agency reported. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of Inter-Parliamentary Union of OIC member states.

Kahraman expressed the significance of unity between Turkey and Iran during his meeting with Ali Larijani, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA.

He also underlined the “brotherhood” between the two nations as Larijani welcomed Kahraman’s remarks and conveyed his regards to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Turkey condemns ‘heinous’ terror attack in Pakistan

Ankara (UNA-OIC) – Turkish foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned the suicide blast in southwestern Balochistan province in Pakistan that left seven people dead and 15 others injured.In a statement, the ministry described the attack as “heinous.” We lea…

Ankara (UNA-OIC) – Turkish foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned the suicide blast in southwestern Balochistan province in Pakistan that left seven people dead and 15 others injured.

In a statement, the ministry described the attack as “heinous.” We learned with deep sorrow that an attack perpetrated in Quetta, capital of the Balochistan province of Pakistan, in the vicinity of the Provincial Assembly today killed and wounded Pakistani brothers and sisters, including security officers, AA reported.

We wish Allah’s mercy on those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the wounded while conveying our condolences to the government and brotherly people of Pakistan, it said.

A suspected suicide bomber detonated himself up near police patrolling vehicle in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Balochistan, police said.

The suspected bomber, who acted alone targeted a patrolling truck at busy Zargoon road just 300 meters away from state assembly building-, provincial police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari told reporters.

The dead included five police officers, Ansari said adding that several injured had received life-threatening wounds. The attack occurred hours after the resignation of the provincial chief minister following a no-confidence move by the opposition.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a conglomerate of several militant groups operating in Pakistan, in a statement, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack the latest in a string of similar incidents in recent past.

Outlawed militant groups like the TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have mostly been involved in attacks on security forces in recent years. The province, especially its capital Quetta, has also been facing a deadly wave of sectarian violence over the last one decade. Over 2,000 people have been killed in targeted attacks and suicide bombings in Quetta and other parts of the province over last ten years.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

Palestinian Intelligence foils planned sale of land to Israelis

Ramallah, (UNA-OIC) – The Palestinian General Intelligence in Qalqilya, north of the occupied West Bank, said on Monday that it was able to foil a plan to sell land to Israelis and to arrest those involved in the deal.It revealed on its website that fo…

Ramallah, (UNA-OIC) – The Palestinian General Intelligence in Qalqilya, north of the occupied West Bank, said on Monday that it was able to foil a plan to sell land to Israelis and to arrest those involved in the deal.

It revealed on its website that four people, including a lawyer, were arrested after they were suspected of getting involved in attempts to sell land to Israelis, noting that the lands are located in Jerusalem, Qalqilya, Nablus, Tulkarm and inside Israel.

One of those involved in the foiled sale who fled to Israel and a land broker from inside Israel worked together to pass the deal estimated to over $11 million.

The suspects were arrested and all procedures and power of attorney documents that they were about to prepare were stopped preventing a plot to sell thousands of dunums of Palestinian land to Israel, said the intelligence sources.

The suspects and the case were referred to the public prosecutor for further legal actions.

Sale of land to Israelis is illegal in Palestine because it allows illegal Israeli settlers to take control of Palestinian land in an area the Palestinians want to build their future state.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

CM Punjab, Minister for Power discuss development projects

Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Monday and discussed various ongoing development projects in southern Punjab.Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that PML-N gov…

Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Monday and discussed various ongoing development projects in southern Punjab.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that PML-N government has spent record funds for the development and prosperity in southern Punjab.

Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari said that PML-N government allocated record budget for the prosperity of Southern Punjab.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Shahbaz urges religious scholars to play role in eliminating religious hatred from society

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the role of religious scholars is of prime importance in achieving the real destination of the nation. Addressing an Ulema Convention in Lahore today (Saturday, he said religious scholars should play their role…

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the role of religious scholars is of prime importance in achieving the real destination of the nation.

Addressing an Ulema Convention in Lahore today (Saturday, he said religious scholars should play their role in eliminating religious hatred from the society.

The Chief Minister said no Muslim can compromise on Khatm-e-Nabuwat and the entire nation is united in this regard.

He said Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and solution to the country’s problems lies in following the guidelines provided in the Quran and Sunnah.

Source: Radio Pakistan