‘Feminine Visage’ expo opens at Katara

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14 Dec 2017 – 21:31

‘Feminine Visage’ expo opens at Katara

Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti with Qatari artist Lina Al Ali and Kuwaiti artist Anfal Al Yaquot.

The Peninsula

Qatari artist Lina Al Ali and Kuwaiti artist Anfal Al Yaquot’s paintings are on display at ‘Feminine Visage’ exhibition which opened on Wednesday at Katara. The exhibition, opened by Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, outlines women’s vital role in society and depicts vivid paintings representing detailed drawings of the women’s facial features, emotions and mood phases.

Dr Al Sulaiti, said that the exhibition is highly distinguished as it reflects the high artistic profiles of Al-Ali and Al Yaquot, as they touch on the subject of women from a beautiful angle that confirms their great role in society.  Furthermore, he pointed out the importance of hosting joint art exhibitions as they seek to bring artists from different backgrounds and art schools together.Also, such exhibitions help in building communication bridges between the artists as they share experiences.

Katara Art Center Manager Tareq Al Jaida stressed that the exhibition is aimed towards presenting fine art in a different light to art enthusiasts in Qatar which comes in line with the goals of Katara Art Center in hosting any art exhibition.
“Due to the close artistic style between me and the Kuwaiti artist, we collborated together to create paintings that expressed our initial feelings of our vision of women. I contributed six contemporary paintings reflecting the female features with great attention to small details,” said Al Ali.

Al Yaquot said that this is her second participation in an exhibition held in Qatar and expressed her utmost happiness that this exhibition comes in time with Qatar National Day. She said that she is showcasing nine paintings that shed light on women in their various psychological states. She highlighted the positive side of women’s life, reflecting on the fact that women are strong regardless of the circumstances they may be placed in, and in all cases, women will still look for hope.

Source  :  The Peninsula Qatar

Katara welcomes ‘Al-Adaam’ tour

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 14 Dec 2017 – 21:35

Katara welcomes ‘Al-Adaam’ tour

Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti with World Archery Champion, Abdelaziz Saleh Al-Attiyah.

The Peninsula

The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara welcomed ‘Al-Adaam’ tour as it stopped for its third station at Katara which began from Sealine beach yesterday morning.  Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti received ‘Al-Adaam’ from the World Archery Champion, Abdelaziz Saleh Al-Attiyah.

The Al-Adaam tour began at 7am from Sealine Beach and passed by Qatar’s most famous landmarks. The tour arrived at the Museum of Islamic Art, and Katara, before continuing its journey to The Pearl-Qatar, Al Khor, Qatar Foundation, Al Shaqab and Aspire and finally to mark its final stop at Darb Al Saai.

Meanwhile, CD’s containing National Day songs were distributed to visitors at Katara beach. In addition, children had an amazing time taking the ‘Entertaining Train’ as they watched choreographed events at Katara’s waterfront. Finally, the daily activities continued at Katara Esplanade as the Qatari National Ardah performed a cultural performance admired by nationals and expatriates alike.

Sixty events and activities that reflect the spirit of pride and loyalty to Qatar are going on until around Katara until Tuesday.  Among the spectacular shows are Aerobatics Air Show organized by Qatar Armed Forces, where displays included the ‘Air Ambulance Service’ Show, ‘Aerobatics Air show’ by Al-Zaeem college, ‘Aerobatics Air Show showcasing the Air Ambulance service’, and an ‘Aircraft without a pilot’ show. It is noteworthy that the restaurants at Katara are launching special offers today running until Tuesday.

Update-Authorities foil terrorist car bomb attack on Damascus outskirts

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Damascus, SANA- Authorities foiled on Thursday a terrorist car bomb attack on the southern outskirts of Damascus City.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that authorities tracked down a car without plates and was driven by a terrorist suicide bomber on the road of the Southern Highway.

The source added that authorities encircled the Hyundai car and exploded it near al-Lawwan Bridge before reaching the western entrance of Damascus city, killing the terrorist suicide bomber without any human causalities.

SANA delegate to the site said that the explosion resulted in completely destroying the car and limited material damage to the site.

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Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

Syria strongly condoms US-led coalition massacres against civilians in Deir Ezzor

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Damascus, SANA-Syria strongly condemned the crimes committed by the US-led “international coalition” against Syrian civilians in Deir Ezzor.

The condemnation came in a letter sent on Thursday by the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council on the new massacre committed by the US-led “international coalition” in the village of al-Jurze Sharqi in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

The Ministry said that the US-led coalition, who committed this horrible crime, had always pretended to fight Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization while the fact is that this coalition transferred terrorists to secured sites, adding that eradicating Daesh was achieved by Syrian Arab Army and its allies.

In the letter, the Ministry also condemned turning a blind eye for the massacres committed by the “international coalition” in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor by those who claim concern about the rule of law, human rights and international humanitarian law.

The Ministry said that the success of Syrian Arab Army and its allies in eradicating Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization and expelling it from the main cities in Deir Ezzor has foiled the attempts of the coalition who had always pretended to fight Daesh while the fact is that this coalition transferred terrorists to secured sites.

The letter read that Syria considers the countries which take part in this coalition as connivers in its crimes and massacres if they didn’t distance themselves from such acts, noting to the suspicious and dangerous role of this coalition in supporting terrorism and attacking the Syrian people which is confirmed by the recent events and many reports and aerial photos that prove the deals and coordination between the coalition and its militias on the ground on the one hand and Daesh on the other.

The Ministry concluded its letter by saying that the UN Security Council has not yet taken any action to stop the coalition’s attacks on the Syrian Arab Republic and the innocent civilian population of the region as a result of the misleading practiced by the United States and its allies who falsely claim that they are fighting Daesh while the truth shows the opposite.

On Wednesday, the aircrafts of the US-led coalition bombarded the residential neighborhoods of al-Jurze Sharqi village in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province, calming the lives of 23 civilians, 8 children and 6 women among them, and causing massive destruction to locals’ properties and the village’s infrastructure.



Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

Al-Jaafari: No direct talks would be held with preconditions

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Geneva, SANA-Head of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation to the 8th round of intra-Syrian dialogue, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said that the delegation discussed the issue of combating terrorism as the basic approach to deal with all other baskets during this round of talks.

“The eighth round of the talks has ended and we, as a delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic, made an intensive effort to come out with a positive outcome. In view of our conviction of what is taking place on the ground of a terrorist war, we proposed talking about terrorism as a main point because the fight against terrorism is the basic entrance to deal with all other baskets,” al-Jaafari said in a press conference following a session of talks held with UN Special Envoy to Syria.

“We hope the operators of the other delegation will benefit from this opportunity to direct members of this delegation, which has called itself as al-Riyadh delegation, to cancel al-Riyadh 2 statement because we made it clear from the beginning that as long as this statement exists, we will not engage in direct dialogue with them. Anyway, we will wait for the results of the efforts of the operators of the other delegation because the operators know very well that the Syrian government will not accept dialogue in the presence of any precondition. Of course we mean that al-Riyadh 2 statement is a precondition for the talks,” al-Jaafari added.

In response to a question about the coincidence of terrorist attacks in Syria with the start of each round of Geneva, al-Jaafari said that the operators of the armed terrorist groups are themselves the operators of the other party in Geneva and have been sending bloody messages to influence the Geneva sessions and events.

“At the beginning of our meeting today, we focused with de Mistura on the terrorist acts that took place during the past two days in Syria,” al-Jaafrai said.

In reference to de Mistura’s recent statements, al-Ja’afari said “al-Riyadh statement was intended to move us from the diplomatic process to the political process, but we found a new stance represented by proposing preconditions by the operators of the other delegation.

As the preconditions that were accompanying all rounds of dialogue in Geneva and made this path retreat in front of Astana and Sochi tracks, Jaafari said “we will judge this talk through the positions of the operators of the other delegation and their commitment to the agenda of the Geneva talks.”

On the allegations made by the opposition delegation that it arrived in Geneva without preconditions, al-Jaafari said that those who drafted the Riyadh 2 statement meant to undermine Geneva process by setting preconditions, adding that “the operators of the other parties; I mean, the Saudi authorities and their Western operators do not want Geneva process to succeed…Syria as a state won’t accept any terrorist blackmail that would influence the political course of the Geneva talks.”

“Russia is a key ally for Syria in the fight against terrorism; al-Jaafari affirmed, adding “the Syrian government has said since the beginning of the course of Geneva that there are two tracks which don’t affect each other, combating terrorism and the political track. We don’t’ want the Geneva process to fail, so we have been engaged in serious talks during eight rounds with the UN delegation.”

Al-Jaafari noted that the UN Special Envoy will present a briefing to UN Security Council next Tuesday and the Syrian government will determine its attitude regarding his authority in the light of what he will say in the briefing.

He affirmed that when the Syrian delegation notice any fault in the performance of the UN Special envoy, we tell him this speech directly, adding “We tell him what we think and what we believe in a transparent and diplomatic way.”

“We do not put preconditions, but we oppose proposing any preconditions,” he said, stressing that the Syrian government does not accept imposing a fait accompli on it by anyone.

He pointed out that to fight terrorism in a legal way, this requires cooperating with the Syrian government rather than relying on an illegal foreign military presence on the Syrian territory, meaning the illegal US military presence, stressing that the fight against Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization is a duty of all national forces in Syria.

As for Sochi conference, Al-Jaafari said that the framework that will outline the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi is completely different from the framework in which the meetings of Geneva and Astana were held, pointing out that the Riyadh 2 statement needs to be canceled in order to hold any direct dialogue with the delegation of the so-called “opposition” in addition to forming a unified delegation in implementation of UNSC resolution no.2254.

Earlier, the Syrian Arab Republic delegation, headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, on Thursday held fourth session of talks with de Mistura.

Over the past three days, The Syrian Arab Republic delegation held three sessions of talks with de Mistura in framework of the second stage of the 8th round of the intra-Syrian dialogue.

The first stage of the 8th round of the intra-Syrian dialogue was concluded on December 1 st.

In a press conference at the end of the 1st stage, al-Jaafari affirmed there are those who seek to derail the Geneva talks by trying to impose preconditions, pointing out that the statement of the “Riyadh 2” group aimed at undermining the chances of a successful dialogue in Geneva, which is totally unacceptable.