Emir of Kuwait appoints Crown Prince

Amman: Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, issued an Amiri decree recommending Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah as Crown Prince, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on Saturday.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan Volleyball Federation to start treating Palestinian players as locals

Amman: The Jordan Volleyball Federation (JVF) has decided to allow Palestinian players to participate in local tournaments organized by the JVF without conditions and to treat them as local players, starting from the 2024 season.

The JVF’s general assembly praised this decision, lauding His Majesty King Abdullah’s great role in supporting the Palestinian brothers to achieve their just and legitimate rights and support their steadfastness.

The decision was taken during the JVF’s general assembly meeting, which was held on Saturday at the Princess Sumaya Hall in Al-Hussein Youth City.

Jihad Qutaishat, JVF’s Vice President, emphasized that the decision was taken as per the directives of the JVF President, HRH Princess Aya bint Faisal, in light of the difficult circumstances the sports movement in Palestine is facing that hinder the participation of Palestinian players in sports events due to the brutal aggression against the Palestinian territories.

“Coordination was made with the Palestinian Federation in t
his regard, as local clubs, whether they play in the Premier League, or clubs that play in the First Division, are allowed to bring in one player without condition and treat him fully like any Jordanian player,” Qutaishat said.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israel launches several airstrikes on southern Lebanon

Beirut: Seven people were injured in an airstrike carried out by Israeli warplanes on the southern Lebanese town of Siddiqin on Saturday.

A Lebanese security source told the correspondent of the Jordan news agency (Petra) in Beirut that “among the wounded are serious injuries, an airstrike were also launched against the town of Qantara targeting a house; and another airstrike was launched by an Israeli drone on the outskirts of the town of Srifa – Deir Kifa without causing casualties or damage to many houses and buildings.”

The source continued, “The Israeli army targeted with phosphorus the town of Al-Adaysa in Marjayoun district.

Source: Jordan News Agency

French authorities cancel Israeli companies’ participation in defense exhibition

Amman: French authorities have decided to cancel the participation of Israeli military industry companies in an international defense and security exhibition on June 17 near Paris.

According to AFP, the organizer of Eurosatory, an international land defense and security exhibition, revealed that, by decision of the French authorities, the participation of Israeli military industry companies in the exhibition has been canceled.

“By decision of the government authorities, there will be no exhibition pavilion for the Israeli military industry sector at Eurosatory 2024,” organizer Cog Events told AFP, without further details.

Neither the organizer nor the Ministry of Armed Forces, under whose auspices the show is organized, immediately specified the reasons for this decision.

More than 2,000 companies registered for the show, 74 Israeli companies of which were expected to attend, including its main defense industry companies, 10 of which are expected to display weapons, according to organizers.

Source: Jord
an News Agency

RAI: THE PEOPLE CHOSE THE WRONG MPS


Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai issued a stark warning on Saturday about the ongoing presidential vacuum, criticizing recent electoral choices that have not led to meaningful change.

Rai highlighted widespread boycotts and a paralyzed political landscape, stating that ‘Lebanon has become a class-based country, and when the people rose to improve their situation and when they elected their representative, they chose the wrong name.’

Speaking at the ‘Renewal for the Nation’ conference, Rai lamented the current state of national dialogue, stating, ‘No one dares to initiate an honest national dialogue, and no one sees the point in responding to a dialogue that doesn’t address the fundamental issues that have accumulated and turned into ticking time bombs.’

Rai urged the nation’s leaders to rise above partisan politics and take immediate action. ‘Isn’t it time for us to be true statesmen and immediately elect a president who restores confidence and puts us on the right track to stability?’ he asked.

The
Patriarch painted a grim picture of Lebanon’s current state, describing it as a ‘scene of chaos and score-settling,’ where destructive possibilities loom large. He noted the emergence of ‘social cantons’ among the Lebanese, groups that are increasingly discussing ways to politicize themselves, further fragmenting the nation.

Moreover, Rai expressed concern about the societal mindset that seems to prefer enduring crises over seeking solutions. ‘The Lebanese society has become disobedient to solutions and familiar with problems, as if crises are easier than solutions. The major problem is that the foundational elements that form a nation are what divide the Lebanese,’ he emphasized.

In a related address, Youssef al-Absi, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, echoed Rai’s sentiments regarding the deterioration of social cohesion. ‘Religion was never a barrier between people or a cause for disagreement or separation, but it seems those days have gone with time,’ Absi sa
id.

He warned against the current trajectory, as national unity is giving way to fragmented entities. ‘After establishing a nation, we are slipping into creating cantons, emirates or arenas. Sectarianism as a system is one thing, and sectarian thinking is another,’ Absi added, calling for a renewed commitment to national unity.

Both leaders’ statements reflect a deep concern about Lebanon’s future, urging immediate and genuine efforts to restore trust, unity and effective governance in the country.

The forum entitled ‘Lebanon: From the Scene of Conflict to a Nation in the Making,’ is organized by the Renewal for the Nation group. This is a group of entities from the Lebanese Greek Catholic community. Their goal is to propose policies, solutions and ideas for the country’s development. ‘This is the historically moderating role of Greek Catholics,’ said Charles Arbid, President of the Lebanese Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC), on the program Ici Eco on This Is Beirut.

According to Arbid, th
e group to which he belongs is a republican group, centrist in the European sense of the term. Its goal is to unify and decentralize the country. ‘We need to think about a new electoral law because the existing one does not represent minorities,’ he said.

His movement wants to encourage young people (especially Greek Catholics) to participate in reflection and national decisions and to feel they are part of this country.

During the forum, guests will be asked to share their opinions on how to move from a scene of conflict to a nation. They will also address the issue of making Lebanon more stable and attractive.

Arbid clarified that the guests come from different sides, and the forum’s idea is to listen to their responses to these issues.

A report will be published at the end of the forum.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

UN SPECIAL COORDINATOR JEANINE HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT ARRIVES IN LEBANON


Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the newly appointed United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, arrived today in Beirut. Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert will serve as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL).

‘It is an honour to continue my service with the United Nations, here in Beirut,’ the new Special Coordinator said. ‘In the interest of peace, security and stability in Lebanon and the wider region during this critical period, I look forward to closely cooperating with the Lebanese authorities and all partners in Lebanon and the international community to further the implementation of resolution 1701 (2006).’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert (Netherlands) on 20 May. Prior to assuming her current functions in Lebanon, she served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (2018-2024).

Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert brings to this posit
ion over 25 years of experience in diplomacy, international security and Middle East affairs. Prior to the United Nations, she served as Minister of Defence of the Netherlands (2012-2017). She also served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010-2012) and as a member of the European Parliament (2004-2010). Additionally, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert worked for the European Commission in Belgium and Latvia, as well as for the City of Amsterdam and in the private sector.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

LEBANON’S FOREIGN MINISTRY WELCOMES BIDEN’S STATEMENTS ON STOPPING GAZA WAR: AN OPPORTUNITY & WINDOW TO IMPLEMENT TWO-STATE SOLUTION


In an issued statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants welcomed the statements of the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, about the necessity of stopping the war in Gaza, Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and the exchange of prisoners.

The Ministry considered this “an opportunity and window to implement the two-state solution based on the relevant international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative issued by Beirut Summit in 2002,” encouraging all peace initiatives based on these elements.

The Ministry also highlighted “the need for all initiatives related to restoring calm to the southern Lebanese borders to include the comprehensive implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701.”

The Ministry statement continued: ‘The Lebanese suffered a lot, and paid dear prices due to the implementation of half-measures, instead of searching for permanent solutions that preserve regional peace and security.’

“The time has come for Israel to withdr
aw from the remaining occupied Lebanese territories, including the Shebaa Farms and the Kfar Shuba Hills, and to withdraw to the internationally recognized Lebanese borders, and to stop its land, sea, and air violations, to reach a stage of sustainable stability in southern Lebanon,” the Ministry statement concluded.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon