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Oman CERT signs agreement for OIC to collaborate with global security response group

Muscat (IINA) � The Sultanate of Oman has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) to increase collaboration on cybersecurity, reported on Sunday.

Oman was acting in its position as the chair of the board of cybersecurity centers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Sultanate’s own computer emergency response team (OCERT) signed the agreement on behalf of the 57 countries of the OIC.

FIRST is an international group of security and incident response teams founded in 1990 in response to the global threat of computer viruses spreading between organizations in different countries. The organization provides members with access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with member teams to respond more effectively to security incidents.

The MoU aims at reinforcing cooperation in the areas of cybersecurity incidents’ response, organizing events, courses, conferences, in addition to training courses in this field and sharing warnings of attacks and cybersecurity risks.

The agreement was signed during the general annual meeting of FIRST by Eng. Bader Al-Salhi, director general of OCERT, and Margrete Raaum, chair of FIRST.

“This cooperation aims at achieving the vision and objectives of the National Cybersecurity Centers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in reinforcing the relations between the National Cybersecurity Centers in the organization, exchanging information and experiences in cybersecurity field and aligning the cybersecurity policies with the rules and legislative regulations. In addition to encouraging research and innovation in this field, building the cybersecurity capabilities and raising awareness among the member states as well as helping them to establish and develop national cybersecurity centers,” Al-Salehi said.

“The OCERT, since its inception, endeavored to develop the national human resources skills and competencies in cybersecurity at OCERT to deliver highly professional services as well as building capacity of IT professionals working in the government or in the critical national infrastructure as well as developing students skills in this field,” he added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the PML-N government has put the country on path to economic and political stability after pulling it out of energy crisis.

This he said while talking to the newsmen in Narowal on Sunday.

The Minister said the national economy is in take-off position due to effective economic and industry-friendly policies by the government.

He said Pakistan’s full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a great success, which prove effectiveness and positivity of our foreign policy.

Source: Radio Pakistan


The United Nations has called for an international investigation into massacres and other crimes committed in Congo claiming hundreds of lives.

The demand was made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein while addressing a meeting of Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The UN high commissioner also offered technical assistance to Congo government for holding transparent investigation into violence and mass killings in Congo.

Hundreds of people were killed and nearly 1.3 million persons went missing in central Congo since last August during fighting between a militia and government forces.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Senegal recalls ambassador from Qatar for consultations

Dakar, (IINA) – Senegal announced on Wednesday that it has decided to recall its ambassador from the Gulf state of Qatar for consultations.

We are following with deep concern the current situation in the Gulf region and as well call on other countries in the region to do the same, said a statement by the West African nation’s Foreign Ministry.

The statement added that Senegal is expressing its “active solidarity” with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Yemen, which have all cut ties with Qatar.

Qatar called the move to cut ties with it is “unjustified.” Senegal’s action follows similar moves on Tuesday by Mauritania to the north and Gabon to the south, saying that Qatar had violated the principles of Arab unity.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Jordan downgrades diplomatic representation with Qatar

Amman (IINA) � Jordanian government announced on Tuesday that it’s downgrading its diplomatic representation in Qatar and withdrawing the license of Al Jazeera channel in the Kingdom, according to Petra News.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad al-Momani said the decision was taken following a review of the reasons for the crisis between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other.

Achieving regional peace and stability and having Arab countries agree on common policies that end crises in the Arab region will remain top priorities Jordan will tirelessly work to fulfill, Al-Momani, who is also the government’s spokesman, added.

The minister said Jordan hopes that the Arab countries overcome this “regrettable stage” and resolve the crisis on solid ground that ensures all Arab countries cooperate to build a better future for their peoples.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Muslim communities in UK condemn terror attacks

London (IINA) – Muslim communities across the United Kingdom have condemned the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

In Leeds, one mosque leader, who, along with 130 other imams, has refused to say funeral prayers for the London attackers, told ITV News that it was important to tackle the root cause of extremism.

“We have a wider role to play in tackling extremism,” Qari Asim said.

“That’s obviously firstly being vigilant and reporting whenever we see an indication of extremism, but at the same time I think we need to dig a bit deeper … and tackle those root causes to ensure that not one more life is lost on our soil.”

That the sentiment is shared elsewhere moderate Muslims are agreed enough is enough, but they want everyone to play their part.

Source: International Islamic News Agency