Kharabsheh, HU sign MoU to address Jordan’s energy challenges

Amman: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Saleh Kharabsheh, on Wednesday stressed role of Jordan’s universities and research centers in developing the Kingdom’s energy and mining sectors.

Kharabsheh made the remarks during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with President of the Hashemite University (HU), Dr. Khaled Hiyari, in the training and expertise exchange fields.

Kharabsheh said the Kingdom’s universities must have a role in the energy transition, green hydrogen projects, and the mining sector, which would hopefully develop and expand exploitation of mineral raw materials.

To date, the minister noted development in Jordan’s mining field has been “limited” to exploitation of phosphate and potash ore, referring to “increasing” global demand today for minerals used in clean energy technologies to achieve sustainable development goals and carbon neutrality.

Kharabsheh also noted the gap in cooperation among Jordan’s academic and research institutions and government d
epartments to serve the various sectors by preparing research studies to meet needs of public entities in implementing their plans and projects.

In this regard, he expressed the ministry’s readiness to cooperate with Jordan’s universities to serve common interests.

For his part, Hiyari said the university’s partnership with the public and private sectors is a “shared responsibility’ has a “positive” nature to train students, faculty members, and technicians to gain expertise, which is reflected in the outputs quality.

Hiyari said the HU is the first Jordanian university to start renewable energy projects, as its solar power plant contributed to reduce costs of electrical energy, and provided training for students, researchers and partners on real systems.

According to the memo, cooperation aspects aim to establish joint scientific collaboration activities, exchange knowledge and scientific visits, implement training programs and develop scientific competencies.

The memo also seeks to exchange scientific,
research and technical results, information and documents, and direct students’ graduation projects and Master’s theses to find solutions to Jordan’s energy challenges.

Source: Jordan News Agency

C24: Senegal Reiterates “Constant Support” for Autonomy Plan, “Best Compromise Solution”

Caracas – Senegal reaffirmed, during the C24 regional seminar held recently in Caracas, its “constant support” for the Moroccan Autonomy initiative, considering it “the best compromise solution” to the regional dispute over the Sahara.

‘Senegal would like to seize the opportunity of this seminar to reiterate its constant support for the Moroccan Autonomy initiative, which it considers serious, credible and in accordance with international law, the UN Charter and the resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly’, underlined the Deputy Permanent Representative of Senegal to the UN in New York, Ambassador Diamane Diome.

He noted that this initiative is “the best compromise solution” to this regional dispute, noting that his country welcomes the reinforced international dynamic supporting it and materialized by the support of more than 100 member states of the UN.

It is also the firm trust in the relevance of this initiative which explains the decision of 30 States from Africa, the Arab world,
America and Asia, to open Consulates General in LaSyoune and Dakhla, with the assumed ambition to contribute to strengthening the economic and social opportunities offered by the Moroccan Sahara, as a hub for sustainable development, he indicated, adding that Senegal is proud to be among these countries.

The diplomat pointed out that alongside these thirty Consulates General, several offices of regional organizations in the vibrant cities of LaSyoune and Dakhla, contribute to the consolidation of the stability and influence of the southern provinces of the Kingdom.

Diome also welcomed the commitment to constructive dialogue by the representatives of the Moroccan Sahara, who were democratically re-elected during the elections of September 8, 2021, adding that this commitment is illustrated mainly by their sixth consecutive participation in the C24 regional seminar, as well as by their regular participation in the annual sessions of the Committee and the two round tables in Geneva.

‘This commitment is suppor
ted by the significant investments and projects implemented by Morocco as part of the New Development Model of the Moroccan Sahara, launched in 2015,’ he stressed, noting that these projects are accompanied by substantial progress in human rights, as evidenced, among other things, by Security Council resolution 2703.

He pointed to the strengthening of the role of the regional commissions of the National Human Rights Council in LaSyoune and Dakhla, and to the bilateral cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the treaty bodies and the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.

He further commended Morocco’s full respect of the ceasefire, and its “frank and complete” collaboration with MINURSO, inviting all stakeholders to do the same in order to guarantee peace and harmony and security conducive to the definitive settlement of this regional dispute and the development of the populations.

The Senegalese diplomat also invited all parties to continue and consolidate, under
the same format, the discussion process initiated by the Geneva round tables held in December 2018 and March 2019 in which Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and ‘Polisario’ participated.

He pursued that his country calls on all stakeholders to demonstrate realism and a spirit of compromise and good faith, with a view to reaching a political solution to this dispute, as requested by the Security Council.

Diome also noted that Senegal notes with satisfaction the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Moroccan Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, aimed at facilitating the relaunch of the political process under the exclusive auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse


Caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Judge Bassam Mawlawi, received, at his ministry office on Wednesday, a delegation from the ‘Strong Republic’ bloc, which included MPs: Elias El-Khoury, Elias Estefan, Razi Al-Hajj, Jihad Pakradouni, Ghada Ayoub, Saeed Al-Asmar, Nazih Matta, and Camille Chamoun.

Discussions reportedly touched on the measures required and taken to limit the Syrian displacement in Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

International Academy: Recognition of the State of Palestine is a victory for oppressed peoples

Ramallah Together – The International Academic Campaign Against the Israeli Occupation and Apartheid welcomed the advanced political position of the three European countries Norway, Spain and Ireland in their recognition of the State of Palestine.

She said that this development is consistent with the essence of international legitimacy and the world’s support for Palestinian national rights, including the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state. With this recognition, the number of European Union countries that recognize the State of Palestine reaches twelve countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania. , Slovakia, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Spain,” and that this recognition carries special importance in light of the genocidal war against the Palestinian people and the war crimes committed by the occupation,

The International Academy called on the countries that have not yet recognized the State of Palestine to stand up to their responsibilities and acknowle
dge the right of the Palestinian people and to follow the steps of Spain, Norway and Ireland in recognizing the State of Palestine because of its effects and repercussions on stability, security and peace in the Middle East. The achievement of these historical moments came as a result of the struggle, steadfastness and determination of the Palestinian people. To extract his national rights.

Source: Maan News Agency