MUNICH â Global governance in its present form is entrenching divisions and fueling discontent, UN Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres told world leaders attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany
RIYADH: Saudi Arabiaâs Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Friday met David Cameron, the UKâs foreign secretary, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
The parties reviewed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them, the Kingdomâs Foreign Ministry said.
They also discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and its surrounding areas, and the international efforts being made to end the conflict.
Prince Faisal also held similar meetings with Melanie Joly and Mariya Gabriel, respective Canadian and Bulgarian foreign ministers.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabiaâs Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Germany on Thursday to head the Kingdomâs delegation at the Munich Security Conference.
Prince Faisal is expected to discuss the most prominent international issues and ways of enhancing multilateral action to strengthen international peace and security, the Kingdomâs Foreign Ministry said.
The Saudi delegation will also hold bilateral meetings with heads of delegations from several countries, and the most prominent figures attending the conference.
MUNICH: Bayern Munich have condemned racist comments sent to defender Dayot Upamecano on social media following his red card in the teamâs Champions League loss to Lazio.
Numerous racist comments were left on the French defenderâs Instagram account after Wednesdayâs 1-0 loss to Lazio in the round of 16.
Upamecano was sent off for a challenge on Gustav Isaksen which led to a goal from the penalty spot for Lazio.
LONDON: The 74th Berlin International Film Festival, which opens on Thursday, says it is aiming to foster âopen dialogueâ surrounding Israelâs war on Gaza, the Independent reported on Wednesday.
Festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, who have announced their departure following this festival, said that they were âconcerned to see that antisemitism, anti-Muslim resentment and hate speech are spreading in Germany and around the worldâ when they introduced this yearâs program.
BERLIN: A German navy frigate set sail for the Red Sea on Thursday with the aim of protecting commercial ships from attacks by Yemeni rebels, as part of a planned European Union mission.
The deployment marked âthe most serious engagement of a unit of the German navy in many decades,â navy chief Jan Christian Kaack told reporters in Berlin.
YemenâsÂ Iran-backedÂ HouthiÂ rebels have launched a series of attacks on ships crossing the Red Sea since November, saying their campaign was in solidarity withÂ PalestiniansÂ in the war betweenÂ IsraelÂ and Hamas.
BERLIN: Russian and Iranian government officials have not been invited to this yearâs Munich Security Conference, as they did not seem open to meaningful dialogue, according to the man chairing the annual event.
The conference, attended by the worldâs defense and security elite and sometimes known as âDavos for defense,â will take place in the southern German city on Feb. 16-18.
The German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Michael Kindsgrab has called for further strengthening of links between his country and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The envoy discussed ways to step up dialogue and cooperation during a meeting on Monday with OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha at the organizationâs headquarters in Jeddah.
Kindsgrab was accompanied by Dr. Eltje Aderhold, consul general and special envoy of Germany to the OIC. Their talks also covered the Palestinian issue and situation in the Gaza Strip.
BERLIN: Tens of thousands of people attended rallies across Germany against the far-right AfD party on Saturday, the latest wave of such protests over the past three weeks.
Nearly 150,000 people turned out in Berlin according to police, some forming a human chain in front of parliament. Organizers put the figure at 300,000.
Similar protests took place in around 200 other cities.
DUBAI: US musician and artist Laurie Anderson has withdrawn from a professorship at Germanyâs Folkwang University of the Arts over a 2021 letter she signed in support of Palestine.
The artist was a signatory on an open âletter against apartheidâ written by Palestinian artists in 2021 that followed a new wave of violence that erupted in theÂEast Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Anderson was set to begin the Pina Bausch visiting professorship on April 1.