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KUWAIT CITY:

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber A-Sabah sent Thurs­day a cable to the Queen of the United King­dom and the other Com­mon­wealth realms El­iz­a­beth II, con­grat­u­lat­ing her majesty on her birthday’s pa­rade.

His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak AlHa­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles. (KUNA)

CAIRO:

The Arab Par­lia­ment Thurs­day lauded the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly’s (UNGA) res­o­lu­tion, which called for the pro­tec­tion of Pales­tinian civil­ians in Is­raeli-oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.

In a state­ment, the speaker of the Arab Par­lia­ment, Me­shal Al-Selmi said that the res­o­lu­tion was a vic­tory for Pales­tine, thank­ing all those who voted in fa­vor of the res­o­lu­tion.

The Arab Par­lia­ment will adamantly be in fa­vor of all res­o­lu­tions to en­sure the rights of Pales­tini­ans in their lands and their pro­tec­tion, said Al-Selmi who con­demned the Is­raeli bru­tal use of force against in­no­cent civil­ians. The UNGA res­o­lu­tion for the pro­tec­tion of Pales­tinian saw 120 na­tions vot­ing in fa­vor, eight na­tions vot­ing against it, while 45 coun­tries ab­stain­ing. (KUNA)

PARIS:

The next meet­ing of the UNESCO World Her­itage Com­mit­tee will take place in Bahrain from June 24 to July 4 and is ex­pected to add 30 more sites to the World Her­itage list, the UN body said in a state­ment on Thurs­day.

The Bahrain meet­ing will be held un­der the chair of Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khal­ifa and the com­mit­tee is ex­pected to add five nat­u­ral sites, three mixed sites and 22 cul­tural sites to the highly-re­spected UNESCO list which af­fords recognition, pro­tec­tion and sup­port to the cho­sen venues and sub­jects. (KUNA)

MOSCOW:

Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man told Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Thurs­day that Saudi Ara­bia wants to con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion with Rus­sia on global oil mar­kets, adding that this co­op­er­a­tion was ben­e­fi­cial for the whole world.

Putin told the prince at their meet­ing in Moscow that he was happy to see him at the open­ing of the soc­cer World Cup, which kicks off on Thurs­day with a match be­tween the Rus­sian and Saudi Ara­bian na­tional teams. (RTRS)

ISTANBUL:

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties on Thurs­day de­tained 18 sus­pected Is­lamic State mem­bers in Istanbul and Izmir, two of Turkey big­gest cities, of­fi­cials said.

In an op­er­a­tion by Turkey’s in­tel­li­gence agency and coun­tert­er­ror­ism po­lice, 10 sus­pected mil­i­tants were de­tained in the Aegean coastal prov­ince of Izmir, a se­cu­rity source said. (RTRS)

BAGH­DAD:

Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi on Thurs­day in­vited Iraq’s po­lit­i­cal groups to meet af­ter the Eid al-Fitr Mus­lim hol­i­day and agree on how to move for­ward in es­tab­lish­ing a new par­lia­ment and gov­ern­ment.

May’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tion was marred by low turnout and al­le­ga­tions of fraud, stalling talks on form­ing a new gov­ern­ment. Par­lia­ment man­dated a na­tion­wide man­ual re­count of votes and some politi­cians called for it to be re­peated. (RTRS)

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