Syria calls on international community to help remove coercive measures imposed on country

Activities of the 76th session of the World Health Assembly continue in Geneva with the participation of Syria.

Health Minister, Hasan al-Ghabbash expressed in a speech at the conference his appreciation for the exerted efforts to rise awareness about health in general , hoping that the aspired-for expectations would be realized to help boost Health systems in countries of the region.

Al-Ghabash thanked friendly and brotherly countries that stood by Syria during the catastrophe of devastating earthquake which left thousands of victims, thus the health system “ found itself again in front of a tough humanitarian situation to add to the repercussions of war and coercive measures that doubled volume of suffering.

He called for applying the resolutions of WHA on the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, and occupied Syrian Golan.

The Minister appealed to all countries to stand by Syria and lift the inhumane coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Invitation to Bid Issued for Land-Based Transport of Iraqi Crude Oil to Jordan

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) on Tuesday announced a tender for the provision of Iraqi crude oil transportation services, according to Assistant Secretary-General for Energy Affairs, Hassan Heyari.

Commencing today, the tender invitation copies are available for purchase electronically via the Ministry’s website, running until Wednesday, May 31, at noon. Prospective bidders are given the opportunity to forward their inquiries to Hana.AlZuabi@MEMR.GOV.JO until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

The deadline for submissions is set for noon on Thursday, June 15, 2023.

Interested parties can secure a copy of the purchase document for 2,500 dinars, payable electronically via the e-Fawateercom application or through other bank applications for electronic payment.

The purchase documents will be provided to the company representative upon presentation of an official authorization issued by the company.

Heyari emphasized that applicants must hold a valid license for transporting crude oil and its derivatives via road tankers, issued by the Land Transport Regulatory Authority.

Furthermore, the applicant should be classified under the first category according to the instructions for licensing and classification of carriers and freight brokers on the roads.

“The purchase request can be obtained electronically through the Ministry’s website,” he added.

This announcement comes on the heels of a memorandum of understanding between Jordan and Iraq earlier this month, outlining provisions for the supply and transportation of crude oil.

The agreement sees Jordan importing 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil at a reduced rate, $16 per barrel less than the monthly Brent crude rate. This price reduction covers quality differentials and transportation costs, as clarified in a ministry statement.

Between September 2021 and the end of March 2023, the Kingdom has already imported approximately 4.5 million barrels of crude oil from Iraq, averaging around 9,992 barrels per day.

The new agreement and the launch of this tender process aim to formalize and secure this oil relationship, potentially leading to a significant impact on Jordan’s energy security.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Industry minister, Syrian social affairs minister discuss cooperation

Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yousef Shamali on Tuesday discussed with Syrian Minister of Social Affairs Loui Munjid ways to cement ties between the two countries in various domains, especially in social work.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of a pan-Arab meeting on labor currently underway in Cairo, in which Shamali is taking part in his capacity as minister of labor.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Forum on role of AI technology in cybersecurity kicks off

A forum on the “Role of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Cybersecurity” kicked off earlier on Tuesday, organized by the Jordan Today Center for Development.

The two-day forum tackles various aspects of artificial intelligence technology and its role in strengthening the cybersecurity system and the Jordanian experience in this field.

About 40 experts in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, representing many Jordanian institutions in various sectors, and a group of Jordanian banks, in addition to some Arab institutions, are participating in the forum.

President of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) Bassam Maharmeh said that not using technology is no longer an option for neither individuals nor institutions, stressing that the center is committed to employing artificial intelligence technology to protect against threats.

“Most services have become digitalized, leaving us exposed to electronic risks,” he noted, adding that cybercrimes have increased dramatically and are causing losses around the world, which requires inter-country cooperation to cut losses.

For his part, Director General of the Jordan Today Center for Development Muhammad Faqir said that artificial intelligence in cybersecurity is a comprehensive group of disciplines, for example machine learning, the essence of which focuses on success in accuracy and speed of response and addressing malicious programs and challenges.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Prince Faisal attends pilot cadets graduation

Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces, His Royal Highness Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein patronized Tuesday the graduation ceremony of aviation cadets/52 at the King Hussein Air College.

Prince Feisal was received by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Huneiti and Commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force Mohammad Hiyasat. Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh was also present for the ceremony.

Prince Feisal bestowed wings on the graduates and honored top achievers, before watching an air show carried out by fighter, helicopter and training aircraft of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

The ceremony was attended by a number of senior civilian and military officials, military and civilian officials from brotherly and friendly countries and military attaches accredited to the Kingdom.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Tuesday met with UNIFIL Commander, General Aroldo Lázaro, who visited him with an accompanying delegation, in the presence of Mikati’s diplomatic advisor, Ambassador Boutros Asaker.

The meeting reportedly focused on the situation along the Blue Line, cooperation between the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL, as well as the implementation of International Security Council Resolution No. 1701.

For his part, the Prime Minister stressed that “this cooperation constitutes a basic guarantee for stability along the borders.”

Mikati separately welcomed US Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, with whom he discussed the current developments.

The Prime Minister then met with Caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Bassam Mawlawi, with whom he discussed the affairs of the ministry of interior.

The Prime Minister had earlier welcomed at the Grand Serail, Environment Minister, Nasser Yassin, with whom he discussed an array of environmental affairs.

In the wake of the meeting, Yassin said, “As we get closer to World Environment Day on June 5, I’ve seized to occasion to discuss three basic issues with the PM. First, the issue of solid waste. I’ve briefed the PM on all that has been achieved in terms of planning to improve solid waste management, the current cooperation with the World Bank, and what is required of the Lebanese government and municipalities in this regard. As for the second issue, it’s that of sanitation; we will soon announce a cooperation agreement with the European Union and UNICEF to operate a large number of sewage plants in Lebanon. The third issue is about air quality, as air pollution has increased dramatically in the current period due to the use of generators, and this is very harmful to people’s health. Consequently, I will issue a decision to install filters in all generators, especially larger ones that are above 60 KVA.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon