Today’s Newspapers focus on Erdogan’s visit to Iraq, its goals, and the files he discusses

Newspapers published in Baghdad today, Monday, the twenty-second of April, focused on the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq, the files he will discuss, and the impact of the visit on the future of relations between the two countries.

‘Today.. Erdogan in Baghdad.’ Under this headline, Al-Sabah newspaper, published by the Iraqi Media Network, said: ‘The President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, receives in the capital, Baghdad, today, Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is visiting the country on the first official visit, after 12 years since his last visit.’

It added: ‘Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani and the Turkish President are scheduled to sponsor the signing of 20 agreements between the two countries and a strategic framework agreement that will chart the future of the relationship between the two neighboring countries.’

Al-Sabah indicated that the President of the Republic, upon receiving the Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, Ali Reza Guney, stresse
d the importance of strengthening relations and cooperation between Baghdad and Ankara, and enhancing joint action at the international and regional levels to consolidate security, stability and peace in the region. During the meeting, the Turkish ambassador reviewed the ongoing arrangements for the Turkish President’s visit to Iraq.

The newspaper quoted Bassim Al-Awadi, the government spokesman, as saying: ‘The upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq (today, Monday) will witness the discussion of important files.’

Al-Awadi added: “The visit will be a ‘quantum shift’ in Iraqi-Turkish relations, since preparations for it have been taking place for about a year.”

He pointed out: ‘There are 4 important files on the agenda, the most important of which is the water file, the development road file, in addition to the security file related to the PKK organization, and the fourth file is the file of Turkish companies, which gain its importance from the strength of trade exchanges between I
raq and Turkey, along with other files, will dominate the Turkish President’s visit to Baghdad.’

Regarding the water file, Al-Awadi pointed out, ‘A strategic agreement will be signed between Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani and the Turkish President, considering that Turkey is a country described globally as one of the best countries in the world in investing in water by all means and methods.’

Regarding the ‘development road,’ the spokesman explained, ‘There will be important agreements announced between the two sides, as the center of the road is Turkey, and it will be at the heart of the negotiations, along with the file of Turkish companies’ investments and their role and work in Iraq.’

Also regarding the Turkish President’s visit, Al-Zawraa newspaper, published by the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, quoted an informed source as saying: ‘The Turkish President will arrive in the capital, Baghdad, today, Monday, for his first official visit in 12 years, during which he will meet with the President of
the Republic, the Prime Minister, and the Speaker of the Council of Representatives in parliament, in addition to visiting Erbil and meeting with officials in the Kurdistan region.’

The source added: “The visit will include intensive discussions on common issues, especially the water file and the development road project, as well as concluding strategic agreements in various fields.”

While the newspaper pointed out that Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said that more than 20 agreements will be signed with Iraq during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Baghdad.

He was quoted as saying in a press conference in Istanbul: ‘Our goal is to develop relations with Iraq so that regional stability, prosperity and development are possible, to institutionalize our relations, and to do everything we can to develop order and prosperity in the region.’

He pointed to the long-standing ongoing work between the two countries in areas such as security, energy, agriculture, water, health and education.

In this re
gard, he said: ‘We completed the preliminary agreements to sign more than 20 agreements during our president’s visit.’

Al-Zawraa referred to a previous statement by the Turkish President, in which he confirmed that the water issue would be one of the most important items on his agenda during his visit to Iraq. His country is studying requests submitted by the Iraqi side regarding water.

For its part, Al-Zaman newspaper focused on the water issue during Erdogan’s visit.

In this regard, it quoted the Minister of Water Resources, Aoun Diab, as saying: ‘There are many files with neighboring Turkey that will be discussed with the Turkish President, who is visiting Baghdad today, Monday.’

The minister explained: ‘Among these files are economic, security, commercial and water, and our requirements have been prepared and what will be presented to the Turkish president.’

He added: “We are counting on this visit a lot, as it will have positive results that serve Iraq and Turkey,” noting: “Turkey’s interests in Ira
q are very large, as it will achieve specific interests for neighboring Turkey, and we also have interests that concern us, most notably the issue of water.”

The Minister of Water Resources continued: ‘We are seeking, in accordance with established agreements, a fair and equitable share of water for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers,’ pointing out: ‘The technicians are responsible and will speak about this matter to reach specific numbers in this direction, and we hope that the quantity will be fair and just, reaching up to the Iraqi-Turkish border, whether through the Tigris or the Euphrates in Husayba region, in cooperation with Syria, and we have coordination in that regard.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Qatar Signs MoU on Joint Cooperation between States Participants on Development Road Project, Al Faw Port Development

The State of Qatar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint cooperation on the Development Road Project and the development of Al Faw Port between the governments of the Republic of Iraq, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the Republic of Turkiye, which are the Participants of this leading project, in the presence of HE Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq Muhammad Shia Al Sudani and HE President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The MoU was signed by HE Minister of Transport Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, HE Minister of Transportation in the Republic of Iraq Razzaq Muhibis Al Saadawi, HE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE Suhail bin Mohamed Al Mazrouei, and HE Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkiye Abdulkadir Uraloglu.

The MoU aims at supporting economic integration among these countries, connecting the East with the West, and enhancing global trade between the countries and world countries. The “Development Road” represents a compre
hensive strategic project that meets the ambitions of the participants to promote ties through the commercial exchange, industrial projects, and multiple and diverse transport lines.

The project is to create a land route and railway extending from Iraq to Turkey and its ports. The road and the railway are 1200 kilometers long inside of Iraq for the transporting of goods between Europe and the Gulf countries. The projects investment budget stands at roughly $17 billion. The project is to be carried out in three phases; the first to be completed in 2028, the second in 2033, and the third in 2050.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Foundation to Host Akhlaquna Awards Wednesday

Doha: Qatar Foundation will host the annual Akhlaquna awards ceremony on Wednesday at its seventh season. The award ceremony will take place at Qatar National Library, honoring this year’s winners whose personalities exemplify ethical traits and contribute to initiatives and projects that positively impact society.

The ceremony will include the honoring of several categories and age groups. There will be one award for children aged 7-14, another for youth aged between 15-18 years. Nominees in both categories will be residing in Qatar. Additionally, for the first time, finalists from GCC countries will be recognized in a category for individual contributions.

The number of applicants has significantly increased this year, with a total of 230 submissions across the three categories, reflecting growing interest and interaction with the award, expanding the reach and impact of this initiative.

In this regard, Sheikha Noof Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, who is the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partn
erships in Pre-University Education at Qatar Foundation, emphasized that the Akhlaquna awards aims to highlight the importance of embodying ethical virtues derived from the Prophet’s approach in, as well as the manifestations of striving to enhance them within society.

She added that the event also aims to promote positive and cooperative spirit in the community, build bridges of communication and understanding through related events and activities, achieving this goal by encouraging people to engage in charitable work and contribute to societal progress.

She expressed her happiness with the increase in submissions for the annual award, particularly from GCC countries this year, noting that this growing engagement not only enriches society but also opens doors for further expansion and outreach.

During a press conference held to announce the details of the event, Director of the award Ahmed Youssef Al Malki outlined several objectives of the award, including spreading awareness related to religious values
in society and urging individuals to participate in ethical initiatives inspired by the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Moreover, Al Malki mentioned that in 2023, the institution launched several awareness campaigns, and this year it launched a campaign on humility which targeted a group of schools and collaborated with more than 20 entities, implementing over 100 activities and reaching approximately 1,000 participants.

He confirmed that the competition received 230 participants this year, and 23 of them will be honored at the Akhlaquna awards ceremony, accompanied by an interactive exhibition where each entity presents its efforts in the ethical aspect, with about 15 entities participating. The day following the ceremony will feature interactive activities.

The Director of the award also noted that the individual contributions category addresses citizens and residents of Qatar, with one of the main application requirements being an individual contribution project spanning two years, closely
linked to ethics. He emphasized that the award focuses on all aspects of prophetic ethics and that the Gulf submissions reached 30 participants.

Al Malki further noted that since its inception in 2017, the award has had approximately 65 winners, emphasizing its focus on exemplary behavior and leaving a lasting impact, representing not only the winning categories but also a societal movement, as each winner becomes an ambassador for the award and receives an honorary shield.

Meanwhile Sheikha Al Zeyara, part of the Akhlaquna Awards team, that the first award category targets school students aged 7 to 14. She added that the category aims to highlight exemplary role models, with criteria based on the student’s overall character, readiness to contribute, and promotion of ethics within their small environment. The second category targets high school students aged 14 to 18.

She highlighted that the number of participants continues to increase each year, with over 170 applicants for the two categories this year,
indicating the strong commitment from schools in preparing participants’ profiles.

She also said that each participating student compiles a file detailing their achievements and initiatives, demonstrating how they promote ethics in society, both at school and in the community, with all profiles reviewed by the judging committee before selecting the winners.

An interactive exhibition is scheduled for Apr. 25 at Qatar National Library in Education City, involving 15 entities, including ministries and government institutions, to showcase their role in supporting societal ethical movements, in addition to presenting various interactive activities for exhibition visitors.

The award ceremony will see a launch of 2024-2025 campaign on enhancing compassion among people in society and emphasize the importance of ethical values and empathy as factors for positive change.

Akhlaquna is an initiative launched by HH Chairperson of Qatar Foundation Sheikha Moza bint Nasser aiming to highlight the interconnectedness betw
een knowledge and noble ethics, honoring young community members who embody ethics, values, and virtuous behaviors.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar’s Permanent Representative to UN Meets UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani met on Monday with HE United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland at the headquarters of the permanent delegation in New York.

During the meeting, they discussed the developments in the Gaza Strip and emphasized the importance of an immediate ceasefire to allow the delivery of sufficient humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the fraternal Palestinian people.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Speaker of the Shura Council Meets Attendees of Joaan Bin Jassim Academy for Defense Studies

Doha: HE Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim met with a group of attendees in the fourth National Defense Course at the Joaan Bin Jassim Academy for Defense Studies. The attendees included senior officials from ministries, state institutions, and various security agencies. They visited the Shura Council and attended its weekly session held today.

During the meeting, His Excellency the Speaker discussed the history of the council and highlighted key developments in its journey from the appointment phase to the first elections of the Shura Council.

His Excellency also emphasized the important role of the Shura Council in legislation and oversight, affirming the council’s commitment to the national interest and meeting the aspirations of citizens.

HE Speaker of the Shura Council also praised the role of the academy in preparing leaders and providing them with essential knowledge in critical and vital areas.

For their part, the attendees commended the council’s role in achieving popular
participation and the importance of the topics discussed during its deliberations, reflecting the concerns of Qatari society.

During the visit, the attendees listened to a presentation that covered the establishment and evolution of the Shura Council, its different bodies, and its main constitutional mandates, including legislation, oversight, and approval of the general budget.

Additionally, the academy’s staff toured an exhibition at the Shura Council, which showcased a collection of lectures, speeches, and memorabilia illustrating the history of the Shura Council since its establishment in 1972.

Source: Qatar News Agency

MOEHE Holds Introductory Meeting to Attract Qatari Students to Teaching Profession

Doha: Over two days, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), in cooperation with the College of Education at Qatar University (QU), held an introductory meeting to attract Qatari students of both genders who have a desire to join the teaching profession through the “Tomoh” program.

The meeting aimed to provide future teachers with the opportunity to learn closely about the nature of the teaching profession through listening and exchanging views with educational competencies who share their field experiences.

Acting director of the Department of Educational Guidance at the MOEHE Fawzia Al Malki said that the meeting came within the framework of the Ministry’s endeavor to build bridges of cooperation with the College of Education at Qatar University to provide the best methods and programs through many projects and initiatives that seek to qualify students for the teaching profession. The meeting also aimed to provide the students with the latest developments and updates in this profession for
teachers and education, the most important of which is amending salaries and financial benefits for teachers, and providing incentives, rewards, and privileges.

In turn, Dean of the College of Education at QU Prof. Asma Abdulla Al Attiyah delivered a speech in which she stressed the constant endeavor to attract Qatari students of both genders to become teachers and leaders in the future, especially since the teacher’s message is one of the most honorable messages in life.

She pointed out that the State of Qatar needs its loyal children to carry this message, and that the College of Education opens its doors to all students who need to obtain any information or guidance, or even attend classes as a listener to learn about the environment and nature of study at the college.

For her part, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Education at QU Dr. Aisha Al Ahmadi highlighted the diversity of majors available in the college, acceptance rates, and entry requirements, while explaining the admission
requirements for each major, which contributed to guiding students and motivating them to choose the major that suits their future professional inclinations and interests.

The meeting included a panel discussion entitled “why the teaching profession” with the participation of an elite group of teachers, where the educational field’s needs for Qatari youth and the important role of the Qatari teacher in the teaching profession were discussed.

The teachers also shared their own experiences in the field of education and presented an overview of their experience in the “Tomoh” program and the great potential it offers to the Qatari teacher, through which Qatari teachers are qualified to join the teaching and pedagogical profession.

Source: Qatar News Agency