His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences on Monday to Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, expressing his deepest sympathies for the victims of forest fires that ravaged the municipality of Pedrogao Grande.
In his cable, His Highness the Amir wished a speedy recovery for all those wounded in the blazes and hoped Portuguese authorities will overcome this natural calamity.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al Sabah sent similar cables to the Portuguese president. (KUNA)
Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar Al-Abadi, said on Saturday that his planned visit to Kuwait aims at boosting relations between the two countries.
Speaking at a press conference, Al-Abadi stressed that his country’s relations with Kuwait have been developed “significantly,” adding that the main objective of his visit is to maintain this “developed” relationship with the Kuwait government.
Al-Abadi is scheduled to begin an official tour this week to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran.
He added that he will discuss a number of topics during his visit to Kuwait, including compensation of the Iraqi invasion in 1990, which Iraq has been postponing. (Middle East Monitor)
Thales (Chalet 263) is to provide Kuwait’s military forces with flight and mission training solutions for 30 multirole Airbus Helicopters Caracal H225Ms that will be used in search-and-rescue, transport, and ground support roles. Of the 30 aircraft Kuwait has ordered, 26 will be added to the Kuwait Air Force and six will go to
to the Kuwait National Guard. At the same time, Thales will offer a Reality H Full Flight Mission Simulator (FFMS) and two trainer stations for tactical training and flight procedures. Maintenance for the simulators covers three years.
Kuwait’s pilots will receive training in normal navigation procedures and instrument flight as well as handling failures and emergency procedures. As the communications system, weapons and self-protection system and in-flight refueling function are identical to those of a real helicopter, pilots will be training in realistic conditions in a tactical visual environment. (Aviation International News) KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait-based carrier Wataniya Airways has won a licence to operate at Kuwait International Airport, marking the start of airline’s return to business after six years of closure.
Wataniya shut down operations in 2011 citing financial and regional instability. It was reported in January that the carrier would start up again in mid-2017.
On Sunday, Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) handed Wataniya an operator’s licence at Kuwait airport, according to state news agency KUNA.
It boosts the number of national carriers at Kuwait International Airport and is also part of plans to expand commercial transportation in Kuwait, DCGA Chairman Sheikh Salman Al Sabah was quoted as saying. (ArabianBusiness.com)
Saudi Arabia said Monday it had seized weapons from a boat captured after the navy fired warning shots at vessels approaching a Gulf oil platform, at a time of tensions with Iran and Qatar.
Three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters at about 8:30 pm on Friday and “headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan”, a government statement said.
Saudi naval forces fired warning shots at the boats, which were carrying “red and white flags”, and captured one of the vessels but two escaped, the statement added. (AFP)
The European Union is discouraging Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region from holding an independence referendum in September.
EU foreign ministers said in a statement Monday “that unilateral steps must be avoided, and that all open questions must be resolved through consensual positions” based on Iraq’s constitution.
The ministers did not explicitly mention the planned Sept 25 poll, but they did urge all parties in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region to “seek common ground” and consider holding regional elections. (AP)
Qatar Airways is in the process of asking the US Department of Homeland Security to visit its hub in Doha and carry out an audit of security at the airport in light of the restrictions on large electronics devices in cabins, the carrier’s CEO said.
“I am sure that the Department of Transport and Homeland Security will revisit this,” Akbar al Baker told journalists at the Paris Airshow on Monday. “The best way for them to mitigate it is by doing an audit on the airports.” (RTRS)
Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.
The renewed efforts arrive in the wake of violent attacks in the US and elsewhere. A van struck a crowd of people outside a London mosque Sunday, the second time an automobile was used as a weapon in that city this month, and less than a week after a gunman attacked GOP lawmakers on a baseball field. (AP)
The United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior US official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing.
Susan Thornton, the US acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a limited role in counter-terrorism efforts, although it appeared to be becoming more interested. (RTRS)
At least 126 migrants were feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya while making the perilous journey to Europe, an IOM spokesman said told AFP on Monday.
According to four survivors, the migrants left Thursday from Libya but their inflatatable boat sank several hours into the journey, said International Organization for Migration IOM) spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo. (AFP)