King Mohammed VI Calls Palestinian President to Inquire About His Health

Rabat – King Mohammed VI  has called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to inquire about his health, a statement from the royal cabinet said on Tuesday.The statement said that the King called Abbas following the ear surgery he underwent last week. The King then reiterated his full commitment and support for the Palestinian cause, added the statement. Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of the Knesset (Israeli legislature) wrote on his Twitter after visiting  Abbas that the Palestinian leader is suffering from “pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics.”I visited President Abbas in hospital tonight. He suffers from pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics. Markedly improved his condition,He will spend several more days in the hospital .we discussed several political issues.— Ahmad Tibi (@Ahmad_tibi) May 21, 2018He said that the president’s health condition is improving. The Palestinian president was hospitalized Sunday for the third time in just six days.Abbas’s hospitalization followed a series of mass protests in Gaza, culminating on the day of the US embassy’s inauguration in Jerusalem May 14, when at least 58 people were killed by Israeli law enforcement.Last Monday, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to Abbas, condemning the US decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.Other Arab leaders and United Nations representatives condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinians and denounced the relocation of the US embassy. read more

Environmental concerns must be addressed in Enbridge pipeline reversal plan Wynne

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising to address environmental concerns amid protests over a west-east pipeline plan that would transport Alberta oil to foreign markets.Protests that have cropped up in the province include a blockade of an Enbridge pumping station near Hamilton in June.Eighteen people were arrested and charged in that incident when they refused to leave the station.They oppose Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow of oil in a stretch of pipeline from Westover, Ont., — about 30 kilometres northwest of Hamilton —  to Montreal, saying the move could lead to a possible breach.Wynne says environmental concerns have to be at the centre of any talk about the movement of fuel through the province.She says the province has to work with all groups, including First Nations communities, to make sure there are protections in place.The premier says Ontario also has to work with other provinces with the understanding that they all share energy needs. read more