Tzipi Livni Cancels Visit to Belgium For Facing Possible Arrest

Casablanca – Former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, cancelled a flight on Monday 23 to Belgium over threat of arrest upon her arrival as she is named in a lawsuit for committing war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza.Tzipi Livni, the former Foreign Minister and current member of the Zionist Union Party cancelled a flight on January 23 to Belgium as Brussels’s prosecutor’s office said that Livni is at the heart of a complaint to the federal prosecutor, filed in 2010.The prosecutor’s office stated that she could be detained or questioned upon her arrival to “advance the investigation,” and unveiled that an arrest could take place. According to Belgian law, the authorities could arrest Livni on Belgian territory in connection with crimes pertaining to the violation of international law, especially as one of the victims holds Belgian citizenship. Additionally, the former Israeli official no longer has diplomatic immunity.Following the massive military operation against the Palestinians of Gaza between December 2008 and January 2009, known as Cast Lead Operation, a Belgian pro-Palestinian organization filed a lawsuit in regards to war crimes against several Israeli Military officials, including Livni, involved in the killing of 1,400 Palestinians, most of them children. The United Nations fact-finding mission found out that during the massacre, Israel attempted to target the people of Gaza entirely “as a collective punishment.”Livni was supposed to travel to the Belgian capital to take part in a conference about anti-Semitism in Europe. After being asked about the reasons she canceled the trip, Livni told an Israeli radio that she called off the flight for “personal reasons.”Later, the current Israeli Minister’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Nahshon, attacked Belgium for its engagement in what he called “cynical abuse of the Belgian legal system.”Livni was forced to call off another flight to London in 2009 after a British court issued an arrest warrant against her for crimes in the same massacre. read more

Qatari Emir ratifies agreement between Qatar and Sri Lanka

The Qatari emir also ratified an agreement on cooperation and exchange of information and services between QNA and Kazakhstan’s Kazinform INA news agency. Since June 5, 2017, Qatar has been going through a blockade imposed by the Saudi-led Arab countries, which have cut all air, land and sea links to the tiny gas-rich Gulf nation.Doha, however, has been opening up new markets and diversifying its economy to cushion the impacts of the unprecedented diplomatic and trade siege. (Colombo Gazette) Moreover, his instruments of ratification cover cultural, education, health and immigration sectors, including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between Qatar and Turkey in high education. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has ratified a number of international cooperation agreements in various fields, including a deal between Qatar and Sri Lanka.The Xinhua news agency quoted the Qatar News Agency (QNA) as saying the Emir ratified a deal on visa exemption and collaboration in health and medical sciences between Qatar and Sri Lanka. read more