In an article in the Emirati newspaper “The National”, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alp Arslan Bayraktar revealed his country’s intention to implement joint projects with the UAE in the field of renewable energy and nuclear energy.
Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alp Arslan Bayraktar confirmed Ankara’s intention to implement joint projects with the UAE in the field of renewable energy as well as nuclear energy.
In an article written by the Turkish minister for the Emirati newspaper, The National , he emphasized their goal of ending their association with abroad in the field of energy through cooperation with friendly and allied countries.
The minister spoke about the framework agreement for the strategic partnership between Turkey and the UAE, which includes the implementation of mega projects worth $29.7 billion, including wind power generation, solar energy, green hydrogen, and even nuclear energy.
The minister revealed Turkey’s goal to establish an economy with a neutral carbon footprint by 2053, noting that his country secures 45% of electricity from renewable sources and ranks fifth in Europe and 12th globally in this field.
The occupation attacks worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque Gate and “Hamas”: Israel will pay a heavy price for its occupied police attack
Palestinian worshipers were injured as a result of the Israeli police assault on them at one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, while the “Hamas” movement said that Israel “will pay a heavy price” for its police attack on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Gate.
On Friday, eyewitnesses reported that 4 worshipers were injured after the Israeli occupation police assaulted them at one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, while the preacher of the mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, saw that the police attack comes “as part of a religious war.”
The Anadolu Agency quoted witnesses as saying that the Israeli police assaulted worshipers at the Lions’ Gate before Friday prayers, while at least 4 others were arrested.
Witnesses stated that the police fired stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at worshipers at Lions Gate.
In the context, the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, saw that the occupation police attack on worshipers at one of the mosque’s gates was “as part of a religious war.”
Sabri said, in a written statement: “Today, the occupation police demonstrated their power over isolated worshipers who came to worship in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and what happened is part of a religious war that it pursues to empty the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and this increases the stability and strength of the people of Palestine, and Al-Aqsa will remain full of worshipers.”
For his part, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, Director General of the Jerusalem Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department, said in a statement, “Israel must respect its obligations as the occupying power in East Jerusalem.”
Sheikh Al-Khatib added, “Israel, according to international law, does not have the right to impose any restrictions on entering the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif.”
As for the “Hamas” movement, it warned that Israel “will pay a heavy price” for its police attack on worshipers at the Lions’ Gate in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The movement’s spokesman, Muhammad Hamada, said in a statement published on its website: “The Palestinian people will make the occupation pay a heavy price and teach them lessons as a result of this fascist aggression against worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque” in the city of Jerusalem.
Hamada added, “The occupation’s attack on worshipers at the Lions’ Gate is a serious attack, and evidence of its brutality, Nazism, and aggression against places of worship and worshipers.”
The Wall Street Journal: King Saudi Arabia is studying , “CNNC” offer to build a nuclear plant in the kingdom
The newspaper quoted Saudi officials familiar with the matter, as saying that the China National Nuclear Corporation, a state-owned company known as “CNNC”, made an offer to build a nuclear plant in the Eastern Province, near the borders with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi Arabia previously requested US cooperation to establish a civilian nuclear program on its soil, as part of a possible normalization deal with Israel . US officials have said in the past that they will only share nuclear technology if the deal prevents uranium enrichment or reprocessing of reactor-produced plutonium, two pathways to making nuclear weapons.
The newspaper added that Saudi officials acknowledged that discussing the issue with China was a way to urge the administration of US President Joe Biden to waive the requirements of nuclear non-proliferation.
She pointed out that Saudi officials said they preferred to hire the state-owned Korea Electric Power Company (015760.KS) in South Korea to build the plant’s reactors, and to involve American operational expertise, but without agreeing to the proliferation controls that Washington generally requests.
And the “Wall Street Journal” stated that Saudi officials said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is ready to move forward with the Chinese company soon, if talks with the United States fail.
The newspaper quoted the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying that Beijing will continue to cooperate with Riyadh in the field of civil nuclear energy, while adhering to international rules to prevent nuclear proliferation.
For his part, the Israeli Energy Minister expressed his opposition to the idea of Saudi Arabia developing a civilian nuclear program, as part of any US effort to forge closer Israeli-Saudi relations .
Israel said it expected Washington to consult with it about the US-Saudi agreement, which affects its national security. Israel, which is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and does not possess nuclear power, is widely believed to have nuclear weapons.
The kingdom has built closer ties with China over the past year. In March, China brokered the resumption of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
China and Saudi Arabia enjoy extensive trade relations in the field of energy, given that the first is the largest importer of crude oil in the world, and the second is the largest exporter.
The state-run China Power Engineering Corporation is building a 2.6-gigawatt solar power plant in Shuaiba, Saudi Arabia, in cooperation with Saudi utility company ACWA Power, in what will be the largest solar project in the Middle East.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the kingdom in December last year, in what the Chinese Foreign Ministry described as “a milestone in the history of the development of Sino-Arab relations.”
However, Saudi Arabia has sought to maintain a balance between China and the United States, with Washington remaining its most important security partner.