Secretary-General of Muslim Council of Elders, Archbishop of Constantinople discuss enhancing cooperation

ISTANBUL: The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam met with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, in Istanbul, Trkiye.

The discussion focused on enhancing mutual cooperation in promoting and fostering the values of tolerance, coexistence, and interfaith dialogue, as well as its role in combating hate speech and addressing global challenges.

Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam praised the role of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in promoting interfaith dialogue, particularly concerning climate change and combating hate.

He expressed his appreciation for His Holiness’s efforts in spreading a culture of understanding and mutual respect, stating that this meeting reflects the spirit of cooperation and understanding between religions and cultures that the Muslim Council of Elders aims to establish.

He reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to working with all active parties worldwide to promote peace and counter all for
ms of extremism, hatred, racism, intolerance, and discrimination.

Judge Abdelsalam also highlighted that true friendship, especially among those dedicated to humanity and striving for genuine peace, can overcome challenges and obstacles.

He referenced the global model of fraternal relations between His Eminence Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Justin Welby. Among the fruits of these efforts are the Human Fraternity Document in Abu Dhabi, considered the most significant in modern human history, the Emerging Peacemakers Forum, the “Call of Conscience: Abu Dhabi Joint Statement on Climate,” the Al-Azhar Global Citizenship Declaration, the Bahrain Dialogue Forum between East and West, and other important initiatives.

For his part, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I expressed his appreciation for
the efforts of His Eminence Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb in solidifying the values of coexistence and human fraternity, building bridges of communication and understanding between religions, and the active role played by the Muslim Council of Elders on various levels to reinforce the culture of diversity, pluralism, and acceptance and respect for others.

He emphasised the importance of joint efforts to deepen religious and cultural dialogue and expressed his eagerness to enhance cooperation with the Council to address the common challenges that hinder peace and stability in societies.

During the meeting, His All-Holiness congratulated the Council on its tenth anniversary, acknowledging the significant steps it has taken in its first decade to promote the spirit of tolerance, love, and fraternity among all people, regardless of their differences and diversity. He expressed his hopes for continued success and further achievements in collaboration with the Council in the coming period.

Source: Emirates News Agen


The Islamic Resistance issued a communique this afternoon, indicating that in support of the steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and in response to the Israeli enemy attacks that targeted civilians in the town of Adloun, injuring a number of them, the Islamic Resistance fighters targeted today the enemy’s Dafna settlement with Katyusha rockets.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Weather Alert: Heat Wave Expected across Several Provinces in Morocco

Rabat – The Directorate General of Meteorology (DGM) forecasts, from Sunday to Wednesday, a heat wave with temperatures ranging from 42 to 46°C in several provinces across Morocco.

According to DGM’s alert bulletin, these temperatures are expected from Sunday to Wednesday in the provinces of Tata, Zagora, Assa-Zag, Es-Semara and Errachidia.

From Monday to Wednesday, the same heatwave will hit provinces of Taounate, Ouezzane, Taroudant, Sidi Kacem, Sidi Slimane, Khemisset, khouribga, Settat, Fez, Sefrou, Chichaoua, El Kelaa des Sraghna, Marrakech, Moulay Yacoub, Rehamna, Youssoufia, Fquih Ben Saleh, Meknes and Khenifra, the bulletin stated.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Civilian casualties reported as Israel’s bloodbath in Gaza carries on

GAZA: Two civilians, including a child, were killed this morning in Israeli airstrikes targeting a residential square north of the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Local sources confirmed that Israeli warplanes bombed a house north of Nuseirat, resulting in the murder of a young girl. Additionally, an air raid struck a multi-story residential building in the same area, injuring at least five civilians.

Israeli airstrikes also targeted a house belonging to the Gharab family in Nuseirat, resulting in the killing of at least one civilian and injuring dozens more.

Simultaneously, Israeli artillery shelled the Da’wa area, the vicinity around the Gaza Power Plant, and Salah al-Din Street northeast of the camp. This was accompanied by gunfire from Israeli military quadcopters.

Further attacks occurred around the Kuwait Roundabout in the Zaytoun neighborhood south of Gaza City, where two civilians were injured and transported to Al-Ahli Arab Hospital for treatment.

Medical sources reported a rise
in casualties following Israeli airstrikes across various areas of Gaza Strip since early Saturday morning, bringing the total number of fatalities to 60.

The ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza since October 7, 2023, has so far resulted in 38,919 documented Palestinian fatalities, mostly women and children, in addition to 89,622 injuries. Thousands of victims remain trapped under rubble, inaccessible to emergency and civil defense teams due to Israeli attacks.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA


The Islamic Resistance issued a communique this afternoon, indicating that in support of the steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in response to the Israeli enemy attacks that targeted the towns of Adloun and Houla, the Islamic Resistance fighters targeted today the headquarters of the Northern Corps Command at the enemy’s Ein Zeitim base with Katyusha rockets.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Mohammed bin Rashid meets with local dignitaries, business leaders and heads of Dubai Government entities at his weekly Majlis

DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today met with a number of local dignitaries, senior officials of government and semi-government entities, heads of private sector entities, business leaders and investors at his weekly Majlis at the Union House in Dubai.

The meeting was held in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum emphasised the importance of collaborative efforts within society to advance the comprehensive development of the UAE and consolidate its leadership position in diverse fields.

He underscored the crucial role of enhancing the partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve shared objectives, thereby ensuring a prosperous future for generations to come.

His Highness said that Dubai is rap
idly progressing toward realising the ambitious goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, which include strengthening the emirate’s position among the top three global economic cities and enhancing the competitiveness of its business sector. By investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure, Dubai aims to maintain its status as the preferred destination for tourism, investment, and business, Sheikh Mohammed said.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said, ‘Our goal is to consolidate Dubai’s position as a unique model of economic prosperity and innovation, a leading destination for investment and a key player in the digital economy. Dubai’s ambitious vision is built on a strong partnership between the public and private sectors to realise its goals for a prosperous future while advancing sustainable development and innovation across all sectors. We are committed to empowering the private sector by fostering an attractive business environment and supporting innovative projects, with the aim of positioning Dubai as a glob
al leader in technology and innovation.’

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed engaged in a lively discussion with the attendees, exploring key topics related to Dubai’s comprehensive and sustainable development journey. The conversation centred on the crucial role of collaboration between government and private sectors in realising the ambitious visions of both the UAE and Dubai.

The meeting was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group; H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, and a number of Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials.

On the sidelines of the weekly Majlis, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the attendees attended a lecture by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Di
gital Economy, and Remote Work Applications.

The lecture, titled ‘The UAE and Artificial Intelligence: A Journey Towards the Centenary’ explored the evolution of technology and its impact on humanity, tracing the origins of artificial intelligence to the mid-twentieth century and its subsequent advancements that have made it a transformative force in all vital sectors of the modern world.

During the lecture, Al Olama also discussed the UAE’s and Dubai’s proactive approach in adopting rapid action plans to keep up with the significant advancements in technology and artificial intelligence. He also discussed the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031, which aims to position the UAE as a global leader in AI by 2031.

The attendees said that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision remains a source of inspiration and a strong catalyst for growth and development. They also expressed a commitment to exploring and seizing opportunities to advance development goals.

Source: Emir
ates News Agency