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Iranian-Qatari leadership discuss Yemen, regional conflicts

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Iranian-Qatari leadership discuss Yemen, regional conflicts

Qatar’s Emir appreciates Iran for supporting during Gulf crisis

Amidst Saudi-led coalition force’ arrival at Yemen’s Hudaidah airport as a major success after they launched major offensive in the most impoverished country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a military approach will fail to resolve the Yemeni crisis and proposed to restore stability and security to the war-ravaged country and the entire Middle East through political channels.

According to Tehran based Press TV, in a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Rouhani warned that the recent unprecedented attacks by a Saudi-led military coalition and militia loyal to the former Yemeni government on Hudaidah would lead to a humanitarian crisis in the that country. The two leaders held telephonic conversation on Monday.

According to Saudi Arabia’s official alarabiya.net Yemen’s army (loyal to former Hadi government) regained control of Hudaidah airport after a major battle supported by an Arab coalition against Houthi militias in the main port city.

UAE’s state news agency WAM tweeted on Tuesday, “With the participation and support of the Emirati armed forces, the joint Yemeni resistance (army) entered Hudaidah airport.”

Read More: Yemen: UN calls all fighting sides to keep Hudaidah port open

Rouhani was quoted saying, “The continuation of these conflicts has put the poor Yemeni people under intolerable pressure and we are all duty-bound to help this oppressed nation.”

Iranian President emphasized that his country’s policy is based on interaction and dialogue with regional countries with the purpose of putting an end to the ongoing conflicts. Establishment of stability and security across the region would be beneficial to all regional nations, he said.

Without naming Saudi Arabia, which is currently aligning with Israel on several regional issues, including killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces, Rouhani said, “We regard as incorrect the adventurous policies of certain regional countries and believe that the continuation of this process will undoubtedly intensify the existing problems in the region, including in Palestine, Syria and Yemen.”

Read More: Saudi warship attacked by Yemen’s Houthis near Hudaydah

The Qatari Emir supported Rouhani’s position saying that all regional conflicts can be solved only through dialogue and no country can impose its stance on others. He reiterated that his country would continue to support the Palestinian people and their resistance against the Israel. Saudi Arabia alleges Qatar of supporting terrorism, for what Doha emphatically denied.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that “Qatari Emir praised Iran’s support for Doha during the Gulf crisis in which his country was besieged by Saudi Arabia and its allies”.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt had suddenly severed ties with Qatar in June last year. The road, air and shipping ties with Qatar were also severed by these countries.

Iranian-Qatari leadership discuss Yemen, regional conflictsAccording to Iran’s private Mehr news agency, Qatari Emir has emphasised that relations between Doha and Tehran were “developing on daily basis”. He was quoted saying that Qataris are “determined to strengthen the bilateral relations in all fields: while saying that he would “personally observing the process of developing relations between the two countries”.

Read More: Iran to continue support to people in Syria and Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the UAE launched a fresh offensive, the biggest in last three years to take Hudaidah, a densely-populated city and the war-torn country’s most vital port.

The Houthi Ansarullah movement, who are dubbed as pro-Iranian rebel group by western media, has been of significant help to the Yemeni army in defending the country against the Saudi-led coalition’s invading forces. Houthi group has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration during past three years.

The invasion of Hudaidah has already triggered fears of a fresh humanitarian crisis in Yemen where more than 22 million people are in need of aid, including 8.4 million who are at risk of starvation.

Houthi administered Yemen’s Navy and Coast Defence Command said on June Tuesday that it is “fully prepared” to destroy any invading warships belonging to the Saudi-led coalition with missiles.

Read More: UN criticise Saudi Arabia for human rights violations in Yemen

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.

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Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.

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1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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