Middle East & North Africa

Turkey sends 20,000 doses of vaccine to Northern Cyprus

14 Jan 2021; MEMO: Turkey will send 20,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the country's top health official said yesterday.

According to Anadolu's Northern Cyprus office, TRNC's Health Minister Ali Pilli said that the vaccines will be provided both by the European Union and Turkey.

US Amends Regulations to Export Products to Sudan

Khartoum, Jan 15 (NNN-SUNA) — The US Department of Commerce and Industry and Security Bureau amended its regulations by removing restrictions on the export of American products to Sudan that were imposed under its designation on the terrorism list.

The products include software, computers and communications.

The move allows the US companies to deal with Sudan without obstacles.

Israeli Military Court Remands Palestinian Resistance Icon Saeed Arma For 30 Days

RAMALLAH, Jan 15 (NNN-WAFA) — The Israeli military court of Ofer, west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, has remanded Palestinian resistance icon and protester Saeed Arma, 52, for an additional 30 days in prison, according to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.

The Commission stated in a statement that the court served an indictment against Arma, which included throwing stones at the Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers.

Turkish president gets COVID-19 vaccine

ANKARA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday received his first dose of vaccine as the country has started mass vaccination against COVID-19.

After receiving the jab at a hospital in capital Ankara, Erdogan called on all political party leaders and lawmakers to urge people for endorsing the vaccine. "I believe it will be vital especially if all political leaders and MPs encourage (jabs of) the COVID-19 vaccine and strengthen the campaign."

Turkey continues talks with Russia on supply of second regiment of S-400

ANKARA, January 14. /TASS/: Turkey continues talks with Russia on the potential supply of a second regiment of S-400 missile defense systems, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday.

"It would be problematic for Ankara to refuse the purchase of Russian air defense systems S-400. We expect that the differences with the USA on this matter will be resolved through dialogue," A Haber TV channel quotes the minister as saying. "Turkey continues to hold talks with Russia on acquiring a second regiment of S-400."

South Sudan Mediation Holds Meeting with Signatory Parties of Juba Peace Agreement

KHARTOUM, Jan 14 (NNN-SUNA) – The South Sudan mediation Wednesday held a meeting at the Republican Palace with the signatory parties of Juba peace agreement for Sudan.

The meeting was headed by the Advisor of South Sudan President for Security Affairs and head of the mediation, Tut Gulwak, in the presence of the Transitional Sovereignty Council members, Lt. Gen. Shams-Eddin Kabbashi, and Mohamed Hassan Al-Ta’ayeshi, and a number of the leaders of the peace agreement signatory movements.

Egypt signs $1.1bn agreement with International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

14 Jan 2021; MEMO: Egypt has signed an agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) to finance the country's petroleum imports, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum announced on Tuesday.

"The loan agreement is valued at $1.1 billion," the ministry confirmed in an official statement, adding that the fund was allocated: "To fund the country's petroleum and basic goods imports for 2021."

Israel MK threatens to destroy Iran nuclear program if US returns to deal

14 Jan 2021; MEMO: An Israeli minister in the ruling Likud party has warned that if the United States is to return to the Iran nuclear deal under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden, then Israel will be forced to take action itself against Iran's nuclear programme.

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