‘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.

English Bulletin


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.


Iranian football stars raise money for Kermanshah quake victims

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December 14, 2017

Ex-Iranian football stars played a charity match on Thursday in Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, to raise money for victims of the last month’s earthquake.

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake killed about 600 people and injured another 7,460. A further 70,000 are reported to be homeless.

It was the deadliest quake so far in 2017.

Iranian stars like Ali Karimi, Khodadad Azizi, Parviz Boroumand, Ebrahim Mirzapour, Mehrdad Minavand, Javad Kazemian, Hossein Kazemi and Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh played a match with team from Kermanshah retired football players and won the match 4-2.

Thousands of fans turned out for charity football match to raise money for the quake victims.


Source  :  Tehran Times

Rouhani: Iran ready to unconditionally cooperate to defend Quds

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December 13, 2017

TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran is ready to cooperate unconditionally with all Muslim nations to defend al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Rouhani made the remarks in a speech to the leaders of the 57 Islamic nations who have gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to decide about the recognition of al-Quds as the capital of Israel by U.S. President Donald Trump.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to cooperate with each one of the Muslim countries to defend the holy Quds without any reservation or pre-condition,” Rouhani told the emergency summit of the Islamic Cooperation Organization.

Following is full text of his speech published by president.ir:

I would like to begin with appreciating the efforts of my dear brother His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan for organizing this very significant meeting. We have gathered here to exchange views on the appalling tragedy and the old wound of the Muslim Ummah in the last one hundred years which began with the Balfour conspiracy and is now experiencing a new chapter with the incorrect and unlawful promise of the U.S. President to move the American Embassy to the holy city of Quds.
Today we speak about Quds which is the first Qiblah of Muslims and the third holiest Islamic shrine and is used to recognize the identity and credibility of Palestine. The uprising of the tireless people of Palestine during the past several days against the United States and the Zionist occupiers once again demonstrated that Palestinians would not pin their hope on empty plans and instead are insisting on their righteous demands.
The Muslim states fortunately were quick in reacting to the approach of the U.S. administration towards the Quds City. And the formation of this summit indicates the correct interpretation by Muslims of the incorrect act of the U.S. President.

Distinguished brothers and sisters,

Through every possible means, we should join hands to prevent the enforcement of such an unintelligent U.S. act. However, we should also investigate what elements and reasons emboldened the U.S. President to take such a rude and sacrilegious decision.
I believe that other than any other reason, the efforts of some countries to establish relations and even consultation and coordination with the Zionist regime have incited such a decision.
Instead of countering the threats of the Zionists, some countries in our region are aligned with the U.S. and Zionists to prescribe the fate of Palestine. If such prescriptions are taken, the Zionists would permanently dominate the Palestinians.
Today it is no secret that the biggest enemy of the Jews are not the Muslims and Arabs but the dangerous project of Zionism. We Muslims, Christians and the Jews are the historical owners of this region. The Zionists however are stranger here and have imposed themselves on this region. The Zionists have in fact planted the seeds of terrorism and violence in this region since the beginning years of the past century.
During the past several decades, the Zionist regime has been responsible for the killing and displacement of Palestinians while disrespecting Islamic sanctity in Palestine. In committing all such crimes and murders, the United States has been supporting the Zionists with its veto power in the Security Council of the United Nations and has spared no effort in supplying all kinds of destructive weapons to the Zionist regime. Unfortunately, the United States was chosen as an arbitrator for years in negotiations. Or they sought the support of the U.S. and relied on it for mediation.
The United States has never been an honest mediator. And it will never be. The recent act by the U.S. administration made it clear for the people who wished a positive role by the U.S. in resolving the issue of Palestine that the U.S. is only seeking to secure the maximum interests of the Zionists and consider no respect for the legitimate demands of Palestinians.

Mr Chair,

In order to counter such oppressive and low-minded measures, it is necessary to take lessons from the past. Therefore, I take the opportunity to propose the following actions:
1- It is necessary for this summit to strongly condemn the recent decision by the U.S. administration to recognize al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist regime and move its embassy to the holy Quds.

If we suffer from differences amongst ourselves over some issues, we should not be divided on defending the holy Quds and the Palestinian cause.
2- Under the present circumstances, it is necessary for the Muslim world to get united against the Zionist regime. If we suffer from differences amongst ourselves over some issues, we should not be divided on defending the holy Quds and the Palestinian cause. All the problems of the Muslim world can be resolved through dialogue. It is only through Islamic unity that we can better support the rights of the Islamic Ummah and the holy Quds.

3- The U.S. administration should be aware of the reality that the world of Islam does not remain indifferent towards the fate of Palestine and the holy Quds. And that ridiculing international approvals and ideas of nearly all the international community on the issue of Palestine would have political repercussions and costs.
4- It is imperative on the Muslim states to harmonize their protest to the recent U.S. decision in their talks with America’s partners especially European countries and emphasize on the necessity to stand against such a decision.
5- The issue of Palestine should once again be placed top on the agenda of the Muslim world. With the defeat of Daesh in Iraq and Syria and the necessity of continuing the fight against other terrorist groups, we should not forget the dangers of the Zionist regime including its nuclear warheads which is a threat to the whole world.
6- The United Nations and particularly the Security Council and its General Assembly can and should play a key role under such circumstances to express their opposition to the recent U.S. decision. It is necessary that diplomatic missions of Muslim states in the United Nations actively participate in the discussions.
7- The movements of the Zionist regime should be constantly monitored and the OIC should hold sessions wherever appropriate to take necessary decisions at the ministerial or heads of state level.
In conclusion, the Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to cooperate with each one of the Muslim countries to defend the holy Quds without any reservation or pre-condition.

Thank you


Source  :  Tehran Times