Iraq's Border and Port Authority announced that the Arar border crossing between Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will be reopening soon, and will contribute to the recovery of the Iraqi economy.
Arab and Foreign officials, including the representative of the Australian Foreign Ministry, met with officials from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria, as part of a chain of visits that the region has witnessed.
In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest ranking Shia religious leader in Iraq, told the Iranian head of state that he welcomes steps to strengthening Iraq’s relations with its neighbours if they are based on respect of sovereignty to no domestic interference.
A number of Libyan officials and activists have attended a workshop held by the Department of Political Science at the University of Sirte, to find solutions to tackle illegal migration from their city into Europe.
The 3,000-year-old Royal Ashurbanipal library in Mosul was one of the victims of the war and the fighting between the Islamic State and the Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). Moslawi intellectuals call upon government and international organisations to rebuild the historic library.
In Lebanon, attempts to form a government have been deadlocked since Hezbollah and its allies have secured a cabinet majority. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri heads into the fall all but powerless to address the economic decline.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Falih announced that his country resumed oil exports via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, amid Egyptian fears that a decrease in traffic in the popular shipping corridor could impact Suez Canal revenues.
After the appointment of two new female ministers on Thursday, the current Egyptian cabinet is made up of 8 female ministers. This results in a quarter of the Egyptian cabinet being occupied by female ministers.