Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani revealed that Iran's navy and regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Iraq will establish a new naval coalition soon. During a televised interview, he added that the aforementioned countries have acknowledged that intra-regional cooperation can establish regional security. The top Iranian commander highlighted that almost all of the countries in the North Indian Ocean region have agreed to stand by Iran and exert strained efforts to establish security with significant synergy. In further detail, he stated that Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, and India are among these countries. This comes after seven years of strained diplomatic relations, prompting China to broker an agreement on the restoration of ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the reopening of their embassies and diplomatic missions. It is worth noting that Iran has constantly affirmed that relations with neighbors are a priority in the Iranian government's foreign policy

Source: National News Agency - Lebanon


Caretaker Minister of Culture Muhammad al-Murtada left Lebanon for Syria on an official visit at the invitation of his Syrian counterpart, Dr. Labna Mashouh. The two ministers will discuss ways to activate cultural cooperation between the two brotherly countries. They will also attend a choral evening performed

Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

Saudi Arabia Re-elected Chair of MENA Region’s Research Councils at GRC

The member states of the MENA Region of the Global Research Council (GRC) have voted to re-elect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as their representative on the GRC Governing Board. This decision was made during the council's 11th annual meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the General Supervisor of the founding team of the Research, Development and Innovation Authority, Dr. Munir Eldesouki, will continue to represent Saudi Arabia at the GRC. The re-election of Eldesouki reaffirms the Kingdom's prominent position in the scientific and research fields and its commitment to fostering cooperation among research centers in the MENA region.

This achievement is a testament to the unwavering support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Head of the Higher Committee of Research, Development and Innovation.

During the annual meeting, which took place from May 29 to June 2, Eldesouki chaired a meeting of the heads of research councils from the MENA region. He also participated in a panel discussion on the funding of climate change research. Additionally, the Kingdom presented a working paper on the challenges and opportunities faced by the research councils in the MENA region.

The Saudi delegation actively engaged in various sideline meetings, including those of the GRC's Executive Committee and the International Consultative Committee

Source: Saudi Press Agency

119th Regular Session of the Executive Council of “ALECSO” kicks off in Tunis

The 119th regular session of the Executive Council of the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) commenced today in Tunis.

The meeting gathered representatives from member states, Arab and international bodies, and organizations in Tunisia, along with representatives from the Arab League. Leading the meeting was the Kingdom's representative and Chairman of the Executive Council, Hani bin Moqbel Al-Moqbel. Also present were the Director General of ALECSO, Mohamed Ould Omar, and the Secretary-General of the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture, and Science (SNC), Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Bulahid.

During the session, the Executive Board of ALECSO commended the success of the "Future of Education, Science, and Culture International Organizations Forum (FESCIOF)," held in Riyadh last March. They expressed appreciation to the Saudi leadership for hosting the conference for two consecutive terms and recognized the efforts of the SNC in ensuring its international success.

In his speech, Al-Moqbel stated that ALECSO and SNC organized the FESCIOF conference in Riyadh under the slogan "Together for impact in the 21st century." He emphasized that the Kingdom aimed for a new transformative phase characterized by an international perspective, a future-oriented framework, and a comprehensive vision. This made the initiative, tools, and leadership of the conference truly exceptional, particularly as it was the first of its kind since the inception of the organization over 50 years ago.

The two-day session will cover various agenda items, including monitoring the implementation of decisions made during previous sessions and assemblies. Additionally, discussions will focus on the educational, cultural, and scientific conditions in Palestine, the threats faced by Jerusalem, and the review of reports and recommendations from specialized ministerial conferences.

Furthermore, proposals from member states will be examined, including the Kingdom's proposal to launch the ALECSO Forum for Business and Partnerships, as well as the Arab Observatory Center for Translation project.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Prince Fahad bin Mansour bin Nasser to Represent Saudi Arabia at Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance

Prince Fahd bin Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz has been appointed as the representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance (G20 YEA). G20 YEA is a global network comprising young entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them. It was launched during India's presidency of the G20.

The G20 YEA serves as the first official group specializing in startups. It convenes annually before the G20 Summit to emphasize the significance of young entrepreneurs to the G20 member states. Additionally, it shares recommendations with them to enhance the sector.

Prince Fahd bin Mansour highlighted the remarkable growth of the Kingdom's entrepreneurship sector and its substantial contributions to the national economy.

He credited this achievement to the unwavering support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince.

Source: Saudi Press Agency