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Ministers call for more cooperation between Slovenia, UAE

Dubai – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek met Emirati Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber in Abud Dhabi on Monday as he started an official visit to the United Arab Emirates. The pair agreed that bilateral cooperation could improve and expressed support for such efforts, the Economy Ministry said.

Firm signs deal to produce Sputnik V vaccine in Turkey

Turkey will produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine following the completion of legal procedures and technology transfer, the head of Turkish pharmaceutical company VisCoran İlaç Sanayii AŞ told Anadolu Agency on Jan. 25. 

Noting that the deal was signed on Aug. 16 last year, VisCoran's CEO, Özturk Oran, said the company did not think to announce it until they get the license.

Slovenia’s Expo Dubai pavilion ready for showcase

Ljubljana – Slovenia is to take over the management of its pavilion at Expo Dubai next week on the sidelines of Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek’s visit to the United Arab Emirates. The exhibition is to help with Slovenia’s economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, said the minister Tuesday.

Wizz flights between Greece and Abu Dhabi resume

As of last Friday the new national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Wizz Air, has resumed connections between Abu Dhabi and Greece.

The first flight connected Athens with Abu Dhabi, with Thessaloniki set to follow from February 4.

As of February 17, the airline will fly from Athens three times per week and from Thessaloniki twice weekly.

Turkey hails new Qatar, Saudi Arabia rapprochement

Turkey on Jan. 4 welcomed the end of a nearly three-year feud between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as the two countries have agreed to reopen their airspace and borders.

"We welcome the agreement made to open land, sea, and air borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia as of tonight," said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement.

Sinopharm Claims 79 Percent Vaccine Efficacy, Seeks Approval for General Use

An affiliate of China's state-owned drug maker Sinopharm said on Wednesday its COVID-19 vaccine showed 79.34% efficacy and it has requested regulatory approval of the shot, moving a step closer to become China's first approved vaccine for general public use.

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