MINISTER OF INTERIOR ARRIVES AT SIDON SERAIL

Caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Bassam Mawlawi, arrived this afternoon at Sidon Serail, on his first visit to the South Governorate, where he was received by the Commander of the Regional Region in the South of the Internal Security Forces, Brigadier General Bilal Hajjar and other prominent personalities. Al-Mawlawi will hold a meeting with the governors and their mayors, after which he will move on to participate in the opening ceremony of the Maritime Rescue Center in the port of Tyre.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

MOFA DECIDES TO URGENTLY DISPATCH AN INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE TO FRANCE TO INVESTIGATE AMBASSADOR ADWAN AND HEAR TESTIMONY FROM EMBASSY STAFF

In response to what the Lebanese and French media are circulating about the judicial prosecutions in Paris against the Lebanese ambassador, Rami Adwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expressed in a statement its ‘firm keenness to deal responsibly with the issue at hand in a way that preserves the status and reputation of the state and its accredited diplomatic representation in the world, including in the French Republic.” Accordingly, the Ministry decided to ‘send an investigation committee quickly headed by the Secretary-General of the Ministry and the membership of the Director of Inspection to the embassy in Paris to investigate the concerned ambassador and listen to the statements of the embassy staff, including diplomats and administrators. The committee will also meet with the necessary French official authorities to clarify what was circulated about them in the media and the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs was not duly notified through diplomatic channels to act accordingly and legally in order to preserve public interest.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

COORDINATION MEETING BETWEEN JUMBLATT AND HIS SON WITH A DELEGATION FROM OCCUPIED 48-ARABS IN LARNACA

Head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, and the head of the “Democratic Gathering”, MP Taymour Jumblatt, are currently holding a coordination meeting with a delegation of 48 Arabs from the occupied Palestinian territories, in the city of Larnaca in Cyprus, with the participation of MP Wael Abu Faour, former Minister Ghazi Al-Aridi and Mrs. Nora Jumblatt.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Foreign Ministry offers condolences to India over train crash victims

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expressed its “deepest” condolences to India’s government and people over the victims of the train collision that occurred in eastern India, killing and injuring dozens. In a statement on Saturday, the ministry affirmed the Kingdom’s solidarity with India, expressing its condolences to the victims’ families and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Petra sees increase in visitors, may break record with 1.5mln visitors by year-end – authority

With more and more tourists flocking to visit Jordan’s tourist jewel, Petra, the red-rose city may break a record in the number of visitors by the end of the current year. According to figures released Saturday by the Petra Tourism Development Region Authority (PDTRA), a total of 610,722 tourists visited Petra in the first five months of 2023. The authority’s Chief Commissioner Suleiman Farajat explained that this upward trend in the number of visitors may be record breaking, predicting that the number of visitors will hit 1.5 million by year-end. On a monthly level, a total of 139,685 people visited Petra in May 2023, indicating a 42-percent growth from the same month of last year, according to the figures. Of those visitors, 119,128 were foreigners, 4,912 were Jordanians and 13,982 were Arabs. Farajat stressed that the authority will take the necessary measure for the upcoming tourist season to offer visitors a unique experience.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Local charity highlights five-year achievements of Makani joint project with UNICEF

The Islamic Charity Center Society (ICCS) on Saturday celebrated the achievements of the “Makani [My Place] Project in Five Years,” which was implemented in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support education services, youth capacity building, community innovation, child protection, early childhood development, health education and the mobile clinic. Head of the ICCS Jamil Dhaisat said that the Makani project is being carried out in 8 governorates and 45 poor areas and employs more than 600 workers and volunteers, costing about JD36 million, 80 percent of which were covered by UNICEF. Its services have reached more than 1.25 million young men and women, children and women. In a speech delivered on behalf of Minister of Social Development Wafaa Bani Mustafa, the Secretary-General of the ministry Barq Damour stressed that the networking and cooperation approach establishes a culture of voluntary civil work, enhances the spirit of initiative and instills a sense of belonging, lauding the efforts of the ICCS in this area. Damour also pointed out the importance of benefiting from modern technological developments to achieve social protection, adding that technology should play an active role in line with the societal needs and desires of the targeted citizens in the targeted programs. Deputy Representative at UNICEF Jordan Shairose Mawji said that the Ministry of Social Development plays a key role in implementing the Makani project, the impact of which is clear on the children who benefit from the project.

Source: Jordan News Agency