Gemalto’s remote subscription management solution helps Lenovo customers be always connected

Amsterdam, 21 July, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security is delivering flexible connectivity for Lenovo smart devices across 160 countries. Lenovo has selected Gemalto as its preferred remote SIM provisioning provider for their Lenovo Connect service. With the On-Demand Connectivity and embedded SIM (eSIM) solution, there is no need to buy a separate SIM card or visit a store to activate the subscription.

“Lenovo Connect’s eSIM provides users with seamless smart connectivity experience across regions, devices, accounts, networks and borders.” said Dr. Wang Shuai, Vice President of Lenovo Group, General Manager of Lenovo Connect. We trust that Gemalto’s worldwide expertise of On-Demand connectivity will help us deliver enhanced customer experience when it comes to staying secure, connected and mobile internationally.”

“Lenovo Connect brings a new approach to connectivity when users can even share the same plan across devices”, said David Buhan, Senior Vice President Mobile and IoT Services at Gemalto. “Compatible with eSIM technology, Gemalto’s On-Demand connectivity solution ensures a seamless experience for connected consumers, which has become a basic need in our hyper connected world.”

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Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain has praised Malaysia’s role in maintaining regional and international security and stability and its role within the Islamic coalition in counter-terrorism and extremism.

In his meeting with visiting Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, the King highlighted the strength of Bahraini-Malaysian relations and military and defence cooperation.

According to Bahrain News Agency, BNA, The Bahraini King extended regards to Malaysian monarch and Premier and to the Malaysian people, wishing more advancement and well-being.

The King welcomed the outcomes of the talks he held with the Malaysian leadership during his recent visit, which have contributed to boosting bilateral relations and cooperation in various areas.

The Malaysian Defence Minister lauded the royal efforts to promote the Bahraini-Malaysian relations, stressing his country’s keenness to expand cooperation at military and defence level.

Source: NAM News Network

Bahrain Hails Saudi Security Forces Uprooting of Wanted Terrorists, in Qatif Province

Manama, Shawwal 27, 1438 — The Kingdom of Bahrain lauded Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s killing of 3 wanted terrorists, for committing a number of terrorist and criminal offences, in Qatif Province, stressing taking the side of Saudi Arabia in combating all terrorist outfits, as it, categorically, rejects all acts that may harm security and stability.

In a statement issued here today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain expressed utmost appreciation of the Saudi pivotal role in relentless fighting of terrorism, regionally as well as internationally, in confronting terrorism backers, draining its funding fountain and ongoing efforts to consolidate security and peace, all over the world.

Bahrain renewed its unflinching anti-terrorism stance, calling for synergizing all efforts to eradicate this dangerous scourge that seeks to disseminate disorder and instability and to threatens world security, the statement concluded.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Tillerson Urges Arab States to Lift Qatar ‘Land Blockade’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the United States was satisfied with Qatar’s efforts to implement an agreement aimed at combating terror financing, and urged Arab states to lift a “land blockade” on the tiny Gulf nation.

Tillerson shuttled between Gulf countries last week to convince them to help ease the worst regional dispute in years but left the region without any firm signs the feud would be resolved soon.

Last month, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with the Gulf Arab states’ arch-foe Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.

The countries made 13 demands of Qatar � including that it shuts down a Turkish military base and the Al Jazeera pan-Arab television network – which Doha has rejected.

While in the Gulf, Tillerson signed an accord with Qatar on terrorism financing in a bid to ease the crisis, but Qatar’s opponents said it fell short of addressing their concerns.

“They have been very aggressive in implementing that agreement, so I think we’re satisfied with the effort they’re putting forth,” Tillerson told reporters just before meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah at the

State Department.

Tillerson said Qatar was willing to sit with the four countries to discuss their demands, but that it was important to Doha “that the sovereignty and dignity of all five countries be respected in those discussions.”

In a move to counter the four states’ accusations, Qatar has set rules for defining terrorism, freezing funding and terrorism financing and established national terrorism lists.

In one of the first positive signs from the four Arab states since they imposed the sanctions last month, the United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar’s decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws.

The four states cut diplomatic, transport and commercial ties with Qatar on June 5, disrupting the import of food and other items and causing foreign banks to scale back business with s.

“I hope the four countries will consider as a sign of good faith lifting this land blockade which is really having the most, I think, negative effects on the Qatari people,” Tillerson said.

Source: Voice of America

Turkey’s Erdogan Heading to Gulf in Bid to Ease Qatar Crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts a two-day tour of Gulf states Sunday in an effort to resolve a crisis involving Qatar, and four Arab states accusing the small peninsular nation of supporting terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have severed relations with Qatar. They are enforcing a land and sea embargo, accusing the oil-rich nation of supporting extremist groups and destabilizing the region, allegations Qatar has denied.

Turkey is trying to contribute to efforts to facilitate toward peace and stability, said Mithat Rende, a retired Turkish ambassador to Qatar. “Erdogan will try to bring people together if possible or communicate messages from one side to another.”

Erdogan starts his trip in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, where he will meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Turkish president will then travel to Kuwait for meetings with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, before heading to Qatar to see Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Some observers have voiced skepticism about Erdogan’s tour. Atilla Yesilada, a political consultant with Global Partners expressed doubt that Turkey can achieve anything, given its negotiating skills.

Turkey does not pull any weight in the Arab world,” he said. “[Ahmet] Davutoglu [the former Turkish prime minister] might have made a difference, or [Abdullah] Gul, [former Turkish president], but Erdogan won’t.

Analysts say any effort by Erdogan to position himself as a facilitator will likely be handicapped by Ankara’s strong backing of Doha in the diplomatic crisis. Turkey has been in the forefront of breaking the blockade of Qatar, airlifting large amounts of food and even sending milk cows.

In the middle of the crisis, Ankara opened a military base in Qatar as part of an agreement dating back to 2014. Turkish deployments of equipment, like tanks, to the base, have been steadily rising. The Saudi-led group had come up with a list of 13 demands on Qatar, including closing the Turkish base; but that demand was withdrawn, a move for which Ankara took credit.

Turkey has always made constructive calls to parties. These have already yielded consequences, said Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, speaking at press conference Wednesday. Reducing the number of demands from 13 to six and the removal of a demand to shut the Turkish base are positive developments.

Ankara argues its military base in Qatar should not be viewed as being partisan. We are also contributing to United Arab Emirates,” said Rende. “Turkey has been training F-16 [fighter jet] pilots from the UAE and also … other military planes. All these took place in Turkey so we are interested in maintaining good relations with all.”

Under Erdogan’s rule, Turkish foreign policy has been re-balanced with more of a focus on the Gulf region. Ankara has been courting Arab investment and is seeking to project its influence. But, some analysts are warning Turkey could be the ultimate loser in the crisis over Qatar.

If Qatar wins and maintains its policy course that’s so widely criticized by the rest of the Arabs, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE will never trust Turkey,” warned Yesilada. “Any hopes of building a military alliance over Syria or against Iran or substantial foreign investments from those countries is an illusion.”

Alternatively, he added, “in the more likely scenario, if the Qataris lose, one of the conditions will be the sheikhdom should not invest in Turkey in a large magnitude. Whoever wins, Turkey has lost. Given Turkey’s history of colonialism in Arab countries, it wasn’t smart to get involved in these countries in the first place.”

The Turkish Ottoman empire once stretched across the Arab world. Erdogan maintains there is little historical resentment over past colonial rule, arguing Turkey shares a common Muslim identity. But Rende said Erdogan’s two-day trip could be as much about protecting Turkish interests as resolving the ongoing regional crisis.

“The Turkish president, while visiting the region, will probably tell the interlocutors that this [crisis] is not in the interest of anyone, said the former ambassador. … Turkey as a country is interested in maintaining good relations not only with Qatar but with all parties.”

Source: Voice of America