President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas met on Thursday with Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, who is visiting Palestine.During the meeting, Abbas briefed Bayramov on the latest developments in the Palestinian territories.Earlier, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister announced that his country would soon open a representation office in Palestine.In a joint press conference with his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Al Maliki, Bayramov said that his country supports the two-state solution, which leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Dozens of settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy protection by occupation police
MWL condemns Israeli incursion into courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli occupation forces shoot Palestinian, arrest three in West Bank
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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held a telephone conversation on Wednesday with his brother President of the sisterly United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, during which the Amir extended his congratulations on the appointment of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan as UAE Vice-President, the appointment of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the appointment of Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan as Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, wishing them all the success in performing their duties. In turn, the president of the sisterly UAE extended his thanks and appreciation to the Amir for his sincere fraternal feelings. (QNA)
The expansion of Qatar’s gas capacity and the pipeline of planned projects are expected to draw in further foreign investment, Oxford Economics said in a report.“Our growth forecast is 2.7% for this year, and we expect the economic expansion to continue in 2024 as the government continues on supporting growth,” Oxford Economics said in its latest update.On Fitch upgrading Qatar's credit outlook to positive, Oxford Economics noted, “Expectations of sustained fiscal surpluses have triggered Fitch to reaffirm its AA- credit rating for Qatar and upgraded its outlook to positive. This positive outlook is led by the expectation of a strong external balance sheet, low debt-to-GDP ratio, and sustained fiscal surpluses.“This is in line with our view that Qatar will post a budget surplus of 10.3% of GDP in 2023, amid resilient LNG prices, and narrowing to 7.6% of GDP next year.”According to Oxford Economics, the gas sector is a Qatar “priority”. Recent LNG deals awarded for the North Field gas expansion project will have a positive medium-term impact, facilitating an increase in LNG capacity by almost 65% to 126mtpy by 2027, from 77mtpy.This includes multi-year supply agreements with China and Germany for LNG output set to be added in the first phase of the project due in 2026.Non-oil sector recovery will slow in 2023 after a strong 2022. The non-oil sector is likely to have expanded by 6% in 2022, marking the fastest pace since 2015.However, this is weaker than the 7.6% pace Oxford Economics projected previously, given historical data revisions.Recent data showed oil activities expanded by 6.5% in Q2, 2022, down from 9.7% previously.The pace will slow to 3.3% in 2023 as momentum eases with the conclusion of the World Cup. But this will still be stronger than the 2.7% expansion in 2021, which followed a decline of 4.7% in 2020, the researcher noted.Inflation dropped by1.8% m/m in January, following the end of the World Cup, leaving annual inflation at 4.2%, markedly slower than the 5.9% rise in December.Some of the key drivers behind the earlier rise in the headline, particularly recreation and culture prices, are now reversing. Although the decline is being offset by further rises in housing and transport prices, the drop in January inflation was larger than the researcher anticipated, prompting it to cut its 2023 CPI projection by 0.9ppts, to 2.3%.This is less than half the average pace of 5% in 2022, Oxford Economics said.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani hosted an Iftar banquet in honour of heads of diplomatic missions accredited by the state, and ambassadors of Qatar abroad and senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.The banquet was attended by His Highness the Personal Representative of the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, and a number of Sheikhs, Ministers, and ranking officials.
Moments from the annual Qatar International Food Festival opened Saturday by Qatar Tourism at the newly-minted Al Sa’ad Plaza in Lusail Boulevard, in the presence of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Featuring delicacies from around the world, QIFF 2023 also has an area dedicated to Indonesian cuisine, in celebration of the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture.
In celebration of the multiple motorsport events coming to Qatar in 2023, Qatar Airways held an event at Lusail Boulevard. Fans were entertained with special appearances from Qatari rally legend Nasser al-Attiyah, former Formula One driver David Coulthard, MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa and Red Bull drift car driver Abdo Feghali. The four stars raced down the strip with some daredevil acts on their speed machines.Shaji Kayamkulam
Palestinian Foreign Ministry holds occupation government responsible for continued aggression against Al-Aqsa
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry held the Israeli government fully and directly responsible for its continued aggression against Al-Aqsa mosque and its worshippers, considering it a dangerous escalation in the situation in the conflict area.In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the continuous provocative incursions into Al-Aqsa mosque and its courtyards by extremist settlers, and the continuous incitement calls to intensify the mobilisation of the intruders. The ministry also condemned the occupation police's removal and expulsion of worshippers by force and assaulting them and considered it a real crime and an offense against the sanctity of Al-Aqsa mosque and its courtyards, as well as the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan.The Israeli government, which preceded the holy month with a campaign of incitement against the Palestinian people under the pretext of (warning of an escalation of violence) during the month of Ramadan, reveals once again its plans to use those incitement campaigns to escalate its aggression against the Palestinian people, as well as its raids and targeting of Al-Aqsa mosque with the aim of perpetuating its temporal division by dividing it spatially if not completely demolishing it.The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called for a practical and effective international stance to compel the Israeli government to abide by the signed agreements, and to stop targeting Occupied Jerusalem and its sanctities, foremost of which is Al-Aqsa mosque, before it is too late.