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Gulf, Central Asia countries unlock huge partnership potential at Jeddah Summit

Gulf, Central Asia countries unlock huge partnership potential at Jeddah Summit

JEDDAH: Six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and five Central Asia (C5) countries have agreed to consolidate their political, security and economic ties during a special summit in the Red Sea resort of Jeddah. Leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and […]

NATO deepens partnership with Korea, Japan; stresses strategic significance of Middle East

NATO deepens partnership with Korea, Japan; stresses strategic significance of Middle East

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Republic of Korea president Suk Yeol Yoon  By Habib Toumi VILNIUS: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has expanded its engagement with South Korea and Japan – two key Asian countries- by expanding cooperation in areas of global concern and stressed that the Middle East is a region […]

NATO and its partners: An inevitable global security architecture?

NATO and its partners: An inevitable global security architecture?

Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Yonhap) By Habib Toumi SEOUL: Amid the recent moves by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to create a series of overlapping and distinctive multilateral and mini-lateral alliances beyond its initial geographical limits, reactions across the globe have been vastly different, ranging […]

South Korea’s dynamics with NATO to demonstrate its capabilities as a pivotal state

South Korea’s dynamics with NATO to demonstrate its capabilities as a pivotal state

By Habib Toumi TUNIS: History was made in the June 2022 Madrid North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit with the groundbreaking participation of two far-eastern states, South Korea and Japan, as well as Australia and New Zealand, all partners from the Asia-Pacific region. Within the strategic competition over the core principles of international security, this participation […]

Saudi Arabia seeks to attract 55,000 Korean tourists as it boosts worldwide awareness of its tourism opportunities

Saudi Arabia seeks to attract 55,000 Korean tourists as it boosts worldwide awareness of its tourism opportunities

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is planning to quintuple this year the number of visitors from South Korea to the kingdom. In 2022, around 11,000 South Koreans visited Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi plan is to increase the number to 55,000 in 2023. Direct flights from the capital Riyadh to Seoul are consolidated by a new route […]

European Union: War in Ukraine is not West versus Rest of the World

European Union: War in Ukraine is not West versus Rest of the World

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: The War in Ukraine should not be framed as a European issue or as ‘West versus the rest of the world’, a European Union (EU) diplomat has stressed. “Supporting Ukraine and working for peace go hand in hand. In all this, the EU does not ask anyone to ‘pick a side’. […]

No future for newspaper columns, opinions?

No future for newspaper columns, opinions?

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Sipping an orange juice with friends as the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day, I was confronted with a “negative” attitude that underestimates writing in the realm of nonfiction. “Writing editorials and columns is no longer relevant,” some of them said during our conversation. Their logic is that no columnist should expect […]

Empowering media to embrace challenges, opportunities holds key to brighter future

Empowering media to embrace challenges, opportunities holds key to brighter future

By Habib Toumi DUBAI: Speaking softly, but firmly and convincingly, Abdullah Al Shehi stressed the significance of grooming young journalists to embrace the challenges and opportunities lying ahead as the media world moves into the future. The head of the Dubai Bureau of the Emirate News Agency (WAM) explained that in a rapidly-changing world fraught with […]

Kyrgyzstan presidents’ meeting: Bold initiative for national unity or enlivening drama?

Kyrgyzstan presidents’ meeting: Bold initiative for national unity or enlivening drama?

By Habib Toumi BISHKEK: What do Askar Akaev, Kurmanbek Bakiev, Roza Otunbaeva, Almazbek Atambaev, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, and Sadyr Japarov have in common? The five men and one woman are the presidents who have led Kyrgyzstan since 1991 until the present day. Some were nemeses and some have left the Central Asia country. Yet, the current president, […]

Ambassador: Türkiye will never forget Bahrain’s solidarity

Ambassador: Türkiye will never forget Bahrain’s solidarity

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain’s response to the earthquake emergency in Türkiye is not just humanitarian. It is also a reflection of the deep friendship between the two countries, Türkiye’s Ambassador to Bahrain Esin Çakıl has said. “In the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Türkiye on February 6, the immediate response of Bahrain was […]

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