UAE reaffirms its support to push Middle East peace process

Ahmad Al Mahmoud, the Second Secretary at the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN - Press PhotoABU DHABI - 20 October 2017: The UAE has reiterated its support for regional and international efforts to push the Middle East Peace Process forward, commending the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), and the signing of the intra-Palestinian agreement on 12th October 2017 in Cairo as positives steps, WAM reported on Friday.At the United Nations Security Council’s Quarterly Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, the UAE also praised strongly Egypt's efforts in the reunification of the Palestinian People and in promoting stability in the region.In a statement delivered by Ahmad Al Mahmoud, the Second Secretary at the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the UAE stressed the importance of states respecting their obligations under international law and the UN Charter to prevent the spread of conflict. The UAE called for the international community to hold states that support and finance terrorism accountable, and to demonstrate zero tolerance for whomever offers assistance or safe-havens to terrorist groups.Al Mahmoud noted that despite the serious international efforts to achieve peace in the region, Israel continues to violate international laws and resolutions by expanding its illegal settlement activities.He stated that the illegal Israeli practices against the Palestinian people have resulted in the deterioration of the humanitarian, economic and social conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, resulting in a situation which continues to be exploited by terrorist groups to spread extremism and violence in the Middle East, adding that this situation has hindered a two-state solution.The UAE emphasised the need to end the Israeli Occupation and to grant the Palestinian people their inalienable rights, including their right to establish an independent Palestinian State based on the June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with all relevant international resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the Madrid Principles.Al Mahmoud stressed the importance of providing support to meet the needs of the Palestinian people, as well as empowering them to build their state and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, he said that the UAE has provided additional contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to enable the agency to deliver basic services for the Palestinian people, including nutrition, education and health. The UAE statement stressed the need to continue the work in order to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.The UAE reaffirmed its commitment to restoring stability to the region, highlighting that the absence of security in the region has caused a significant loss of life, displacement of people, and destruction of economic and social infrastructure.The UAE also reiterated its support for the UN’s efforts to bring peace to Libya, Syria, and Yemen, by negotiating comprehensive and political solutions, and noted that political solutions are the only way to restore stability in these countries.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 18:56 UTC


Zamalek handball team wins its opening game in Champions League

Zamalek handball team – Filephoto-Superkora.footballCAIRO – 20 October 2017: Zamalek’s handball team secured its first victory in its opening in the Champions League campaign with a 38-24 win against Ivory Coast’s Red Star on Friday.The Whites ended the first-half 20-9 and were able to seal the game in the second half, extending their lead to 38-24.Al-Ahly’s and Zamalek’s handball teams flew on the same plane to Tunisia for the African Handball Champions League in Hammamet, Tunisia. The championship runs from October 20 to October 30.Zamalek plays in Group B along with Ivory Coast’s Red Star, Morocco’s Widad Smara, Libya’s Al-Ittihad and Gabon’s Phoenix.Al-Ahly plays in Group C alongside Libya’s, Congo’s HC OKA, Cameroon’s FANZ HB, and the host team, AS Hammamet.Zamalek’s next game will be against Al-Ittihad on Saturday, October 21, at 5 p.m. Cairo time. They will then face Phoenix and Widad Smara on October 23 and 24, respectively.It is worth mentioning that Al-Ahly are the African tournament’s title holder after they managed to beat Esperance 26-23 in the final of last season.Zamalek manager’s, Magdi Abo El Magd, chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hassan Yousri, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Hisham El-Sobki, Mustafa Tamer, Mostafa El Sayed, Karim Ayman, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Ali Abdel Muttalib, Yehia Khaled, Ali Hazem, Mohamed Ramadan, Alaa Emad, Mohamed Alaa, Mahmoud Khalil, Akram Yusri, Wissam Samy and Massoud Barkos.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 18:56 UTC


EBRD announces financial support to Aswan solar power plant

Renewable energy plants- ReutersCAIRO – 20 October 2017: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced financial support to Africa’s largest solar plant in Aswan, according to a statement by the EBRD.A total of $335 million worth of funds from the EBRD, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) will be shelled out to the new solar planet power in Aswan.Publicly dubbed as the “new solar power city,” Egypt’s largest solar plant costs about LE 40 billion ($2.3 billion) and will expectedly open up 6,000 job opportunities.“This first investment with the EBRD under our Egypt Renewable Energy Financing Framework project is a big step forwards. It shows the potential for public and private climate finance to drive the low emission energy transition in support of Egypt’s climate goals,” Ayaan Adam, private sector facility director at Green Climate Fund said.Work for the 2,000 megawatt (MW) solar power plant has already started back in 2015. Four main stations of the plant are already completed.Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD’s head of power and energy utilities, said, “we are delighted to support today the largest solar portfolio in Egypt's feed-in-tariff scheme and to work again with Scatec Solar.”“With this program, the government of Egypt is making important steps towards accessing clean and low-cost electricity to drive development and economic prosperity.Scatec Solar and partners are making significant investments and making a long-term commitment to Egypt,’’ said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.The massive national project will be inaugurated by 2018 and aims to ease the electricity shortages and achieve Egypt’s self-sufficiency in the energy sector.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 16:52 UTC


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