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بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا في السعودية بديلا للتركية

كشف مصدر سعودي النقاب عن عزم سلطات آل سعود استيراد بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا، لتحل مكانة البضائع التركية التي قاطعتها آل سعود رسميا....
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بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا في السعودية بديلا للتركية

كشف مصدر سعودي النقاب عن عزم سلطات آل سعود استيراد بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا، لتحل مكانة البضائع التركية التي قاطعتها آل سعود رسميا....

هذا ما يفعله أثرياء السعودية للتخلص من بطش بن سلمان

كشف موقع «المونيتور» الأمريكي، أن العديد من أثرياء السعودية يلجؤون إلى شراء الجنسية الثانية، لتحصين أنفسهم من تكرار سيناريو «معتقلي
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هذا ما يفعله أثرياء السعودية للتخلص من بطش بن سلمان

كشف موقع «المونيتور» الأمريكي، أن العديد من أثرياء السعودية يلجؤون إلى شراء الجنسية الثانية، لتحصين أنفسهم من تكرار سيناريو «معتقلي الريتز»، وهي الحم...

السعودية تزعم تفكيك خلية «تلقت تدريبات في إيران»!

اعتقلت السلطات السعودية 10 أشخاص، مدعية بذلك تفكيك «خلية إرهابية» تلقت تدريبات في إيران، بحسب ما جاء في بيان صدر عن رئاسة أمن الدولة السع
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السعودية تزعم تفكيك خلية «تلقت تدريبات في إيران»!

اعتقلت السلطات السعودية 10 أشخاص، مدعية بذلك تفكيك «خلية إرهابية» تلقت تدريبات في إيران، بحسب ما جاء في بيان صدر عن رئاسة أمن الدولة السعودي....

المتحدث باسم الخارجية يفند المزاعم السعودية الاخيرة المناوئة لايران

فند المتحدث باسم الخارجية الايرانية سعيد خطيب زادة المزاعم السعودية القاضية باعتقالها خلية ارهابية مدعومة من ايران واصفا هذه الاتهامات بانه
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المتحدث باسم الخارجية يفند المزاعم السعودية الاخيرة المناوئة لايران

فند المتحدث باسم الخارجية الايرانية سعيد خطيب زادة المزاعم السعودية القاضية باعتقالها خلية ارهابية مدعومة من ايران واصفا هذه الاتهامات بانها استمرار ...

منظمة حقوقية تدعو للإفراج عن السجناء السياسيين والمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان في السعودية

ألقت منظمة ADHRB مداخلة شفهية في الدورة 45 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف ضمن النقاش التفاعلي تحت البند الرابع، دعت إلى الإفراج الفوري عن السجناء الس
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منظمة حقوقية تدعو للإفراج عن السجناء السياسيين والمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان في السعودية

ألقت منظمة ADHRB مداخلة شفهية في الدورة 45 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف ضمن النقاش التفاعلي تحت البند الرابع، دعت إلى الإفراج الفوري عن السجناء السياسي...

السعودية تزعم تفكيك «خلية دربتها إيران»!

زعمت رئاسة أمن الدولة السعودي اعتقال «خلية إرهابية» تتكون من 10 عناصر تلقى بعضهم تدريباتهم في إيران....
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السعودية تزعم تفكيك «خلية دربتها إيران»!

زعمت رئاسة أمن الدولة السعودي اعتقال «خلية إرهابية» تتكون من 10 عناصر تلقى بعضهم تدريباتهم في إيران....

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expert

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:38 Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi is a Saudi writer, journalist and media expert with more than 20 years of experience. He is the group editor-in-chief of Arrajol, Sayidaty and AboutHer, owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. Al-Ha
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Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expert

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:38 Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi is a Saudi writer, journalist and media expert with more than 20 years of experience. He is the group editor-in-chief of Arrajol, Sayidaty and AboutHer, owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. Al-Harthi holds a master’s degree in international journalism from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He began his career at the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper before joining the English-language newspaper Arab News as a reporter, in addition to being a visiting journalist for the London-based Financial Times. He was then transferred to Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, where he rose to the position of editor-in-chief. In 1997, Al-Harthi was appointed editor-in-chief of the London-based Arrajol magazine. In 2002, Al-Harthi received the Gulf Excellence Award in recognition of the magazine’s success and wide circulation. In 2004, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the London-based Sayidaty and Al-Jamila magazines. A year following his appointment, he relocated the headquarters of both magazines to Dubai. From 2013 to 2016, Al-Harthi also served as the editor-in-chief of Arab News. He launched the Arab News Dialogue Forum project, which hosts seminars designed to facilitate the discussion of current affairs by officials and diplomats. In 2014, Al-Harthi won the Media Innovation Award in Beirut for his achievements in the field of print, visual and digital media. The following year, Al-Harthi launched his talk show “Bidoun Shak” (Without Doubt) on MBC, and took on the role of presenter. In November 2016, he was elected to the board of directors of the Saudi Journalists Association. In June 2019, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in the UK elected Al-Harthi as a member of its board. In July 2019, he was appointed as chairman of the first Saudi Media Forum held in November 2019. He is also the chairman of the Saudi Media Awards. Al-Harthi is also a founding member of the Young Arab Leaders Forum in the Davos Middle East conference, a member of the Gulf/2000 project at Columbia University in New York, and a former member of the National Union of Journalists in the UK. He also regularly writes political articles in Asharq Al-Awsat and Al-Bayan newspapers, and has a weekly column in Sayidaty magazine, on top of a monthly column in Arrajol magazine. Al-Harthi has also launched numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives that dealt with social and humanitarian issues, such as La Lizawaj Al-Kaserat (against child brides), a campaign against child marriage in the Arab world. He also launched Baader bel Khair (initiate goodness), a campaign recognizing other community and humanitarian initiatives and creating awareness of volunteerism in society. Another campaign launched by Al-Harthi was Khali Soutek Masmou Mish Makmou (let your voice be heard not taken away from you). It tackled domestic violence and encouraged women facing abuse to speak up. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, supervisor at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence AuthorityDr. Ilham Mansour Al-Dakheel, Saudi educator and business executive

Saudi aid agency signs $15 million deal for projects in Yemen

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:54 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Monday signed a $15 million deal with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to carry out humanitarian projects in Yemen. The projects, part of the UN Humanitar
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Saudi aid agency signs $15 million deal for projects in Yemen

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:54 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Monday signed a $15 million deal with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to carry out humanitarian projects in Yemen. The projects, part of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen 2020, will benefit 223, 918 people in Marib, Aden, Lahj, and the Hadramout governorates. KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino signed the agreement during a virtual meeting. The agreement aims to provide emergency relief to the displaced people, ensure access to educational services, and increase coordination to help people living in refugee camps to provide them with accommodation. Last week, the center signed an agreement with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement seven projects in Yemen worth $46 million. HIGHLIGHT The agreement aims to provide emergency relief to the displaced people and ensure access to educational services. It aims to support access for Yemeni children affected by the coronavirus pandemic to educational opportunities through remote learning. The projects will be carried out in cooperation with Yemen’s Education Ministry and provincial authorities in 20 Yemeni regions. One of the projects will focus on reducing injuries and deaths caused by malnutrition in children and pregnant women in eight governorates that have high levels of acute malnutrition. KSRelief also signed deals to provide more than $200 million of assistance to Yemen through the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization, and the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees. Sudan floods The center continued its relief activities in flood-hit Sudan on Monday. It provided urgent aid to families whose houses were destroyed by floods in Ed Abu Zeid in Khartoum. The center provided them tents, shelter bags, and food items.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi aid agency distributes food baskets in LebanonSaudi aid agency opens dialysis center in Beirut

King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:55 DHAHRAN: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has been certified with a prestigious green building rating, becoming the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental
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King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:55 DHAHRAN: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has been certified with a prestigious green building rating, becoming the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The LEED program is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, which verifies that buildings are designed to improve performance across key sustainability metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impact. The LEED certification strengthens SPARK’s ability to support future tenants and investors on their own journey towards LEED certification of their own facilities, as part of a fully-integrated energy community. It also affirms the city’s integrated sustainability practices, which are at the heart of the community’s planning. SPARK President & CEO, Saif S. Al Qahtani, said: “SPARK is distinguishing itself as a leading global energy, industrial and technology hub, cementing Saudi Arabia’s position as a progressive innovator in these fields on the international stage. The certification reaffirms our commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint. LEED communities are in high global demand, as they offer better rates of profitability, productivity and quality of workplace. Our goal is to create an ecosystem for energy-related companies to grow with minimum environmental impact, and we encourage other industrial cities to follow our lead.” Strategically located at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, SPARK’s vision is to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors unmatched supply-chain efficiency and has been designed to provide an ultramodern “plug and play” infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This allows streamlined and cost-effective operations near major workforce providers and close to highway and railway networks. At maturity, it will be home to over 300 industrial, technology and service facilities focused on meeting demand for energy goods and services across the entire value chain. LEED certification is a key step in ensuring that environmentally-sensitive techniques are consistently applied to the construction of SPARK across industrial, commercial and residential facilities. It is part of SPARK’s vision to be a proving ground for green tools and technologies designed to minimize the impact of activities conducted within the city, the most successful of which will serve as a blueprint for the oil and gas industry - as well as for businesses and homes across the country. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK)Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Saif S. Al Qahtani King Salman Energy Park announces key investmentKing Salman Energy Park, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University sign deal to train 80 Saudi students

Madinah governor reviews vital transport project

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 00:30 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday chaired a meeting to review a bus rapid transit (BRT) project for Madinah. He said the project will help create new job opportunities for the people of the region.
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Madinah governor reviews vital transport project

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 00:30 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday chaired a meeting to review a bus rapid transit (BRT) project for Madinah. He said the project will help create new job opportunities for the people of the region. The project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021. The BRT project consists of two main 52-km lanes and 33 parking stations. The first lane will start from Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport station and it will end at the west station of Madinah passing through the Prophet’s Mosque station, the Haramain express station, and the Knowledge Economic City station. The second lane will begin from Sayed Al-Shuhada Square Station to the Miqat Mosque. SPA Madinah Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madinah governor Madinah governor opens project for needy studentsMadinah governor OKs two new categories to annual excellence awards

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 01:15 On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of K
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King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 01:15 On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting. Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data. The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all. The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources. They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Science Group Summit (S20)G20 Saudi Arabia 2020 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 Saudi Arabia to host ‘virtual’ G20 meeting on oil markets

الادعاء التركي يصدر لائحة اتهام ثانية لـ6 مشتبهين سعوديين في قضية خاشقجي

أصدرت النيابة العامة في إسطنبول اليوم الإثنين لائحة الاتهام الثانية بحق ستة مشتبهين سعوديين، في إطار التحقيقات الجارية بشأن قضية مقتل الصحف
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الادعاء التركي يصدر لائحة اتهام ثانية لـ6 مشتبهين سعوديين في قضية خاشقجي

أصدرت النيابة العامة في إسطنبول اليوم الإثنين لائحة الاتهام الثانية بحق ستة مشتبهين سعوديين، في إطار التحقيقات الجارية بشأن قضية مقتل الصحفي السعودي ...

بعد مهزلة القضاء السعودي حول مقتل خاشقجي.. ماذا فعلت اسطنبول؟

أعدّت النيابةُ العامة في إسطنبول لائحةَ الاتهامِ الثانية بحقِ ستةِ مشتبهين سعوديين بجريمةِ قتلِ الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي موجِهةً لهم تهمت
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بعد مهزلة القضاء السعودي حول مقتل خاشقجي.. ماذا فعلت اسطنبول؟

أعدّت النيابةُ العامة في إسطنبول لائحةَ الاتهامِ الثانية بحقِ ستةِ مشتبهين سعوديين بجريمةِ قتلِ الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي موجِهةً لهم تهمتَيْ "القتل...

Saudi Arabia reports 29 COVID-19 deaths, 455 new cases

Mon, 2020-09-28 19:30 RIYADH: Saudi health authorities announced 29 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, taking the Kingdom’s death toll from the virus to 4,712. A total of 455 new cases were also announced, with 52 in Jeddah, 48 in Madinah, 35 in Makkah, 33 i
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Saudi Arabia reports 29 COVID-19 deaths, 455 new cases

Mon, 2020-09-28 19:30 RIYADH: Saudi health authorities announced 29 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, taking the Kingdom’s death toll from the virus to 4,712. A total of 455 new cases were also announced, with 52 in Jeddah, 48 in Madinah, 35 in Makkah, 33 in the capital Riyadh and 32 in Hafouf, among the cities with the highest count.  The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom has reached 333,648, with 11,090 active cases and 1,034 in critical condition.  #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (403) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس ⁧#كورونا⁩ الجديد (كوفيد19)، وتسجيل (28) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (600) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (317,005) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/wcKn7nk6F1 — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) September 27, 2020 According to the health ministry, 841 patients have recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 317,846.  The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 33.14 million people globally and the death toll has reached 997,236.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCOVID-19Coronavirus Saudi Arabia announces further drop in new COVID-19 casesSaudi Arabia announces 30 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia breaks up Iran-trained terrorist cell

Mon, 2020-09-28 21:38 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had broken up a terrorist cell, which included members trained in Iran. The cell was discovered last week during security monitoring, state news agency SPA reported. A spokesperson for the Presid
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Saudi Arabia breaks up Iran-trained terrorist cell

Mon, 2020-09-28 21:38 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had broken up a terrorist cell, which included members trained in Iran. The cell was discovered last week during security monitoring, state news agency SPA reported. A spokesperson for the Presidency of State Security said 10 members of the cell were arrested. Three of those arrested had received military and field training from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The spokesperson said the identities of the suspects would not be revealed at present in the interest of the investigation. The cell was formed between October and December 2017. Their training took place in two locations and included field exercises and making explosives. The security operation seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. The state said Saudi authorities would conduct investigations with all the suspects to find out more information about their activities and those whom they have been in contact with, both inside and outside the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)Presidency of State Securityterrorist cellSaudi ArabiaIran Saudi Arabia stresses importance of stability in Sudan Saudi aid agency distributes food baskets in Lebanon

Resumption of international flights draws mixed expat reaction

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:04 RIYADH: The decision to allow international travel to and from the Kingdom has evoked mixed reactions in the expatriate community. The decision by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior to allow expatriates who have exit and entry visa
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Resumption of international flights draws mixed expat reaction

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:04 RIYADH: The decision to allow international travel to and from the Kingdom has evoked mixed reactions in the expatriate community. The decision by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior to allow expatriates who have exit and entry visas as well as visit visas to travel across borders on Sept. 13 came as a relief for many expats who are used to vacationing in their home countries. Although many are excited about the news as their wait to visit relatives and friends has come to an end, there are others who are opting to stay in the Kingdom, fearful of the return of restrictions — as well as of coronavirus infection in their own countries. Faiz Al-Najdi, a Pakistani expatriate working as a consultant on a project with the Royal Commission at Yanbu, told Arab News: “It’s a sigh of relief, especially for the expatriates that international flights have been resumed by the Saudi government with certain conditions.” “The expatriate workers and their families have been waiting impatiently for this good news of flights to resume since they were shut down six months ago,” he said. International flights to and from the Kingdom were suspended on March 15 as part of preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, but as the situation has improved countries around the world are beginning to open up. Saudi Arabia has also reviewed its coronavirus travel policies, resuming international flights with conditions. Al-Najdi said: “As I see it there are people with varied opinions. There are families who want to fly back home and are happy to reunite with their relatives and friends; so are those who were stranded in their home countries and were not able to return to the Kingdom. This includes those expatriate workers who wanted to return and rejoin their jobs here.” However, there are some who were skeptical, he said. “Although they can fly home they want to stay put here as they feel far safer compared to being in their respective countries due to COVID-19 getting out of control back home.” “In my opinion it’s a good and commendable step by the Saudi government and I welcome this decision,” he said. Akhtarul Islam Siddiqui, an Indian expatriate in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Even though I love my home country India, as a Kingdom-lover too I prefer to stay with my family here in this pandemic situation. I am more worried for my two daughters who are stranded in India, where the number of cases are among the highest worldwide.” Rafiul Akhter, an Indian expat who is a finance professional working with the Advanced Electronics Co. Ltd, Riyadh, said: “Living away from family, friends and home country is often the hardest part of being an expatriate. News of the resumption of international flight from Saudi Arabia is a ray of hope to boost my energy levels.” “The Saudi government handled this pandemic so promptly. I’m blessed to be safe in Saudi Arabia, but on the other hand I am worried about my motherland where my family is facing this pandemic all alone and feeling so helpless that I could not be there to support them,” he said. “Now that I can travel to my loved ones, there are a few facts that have got muddled in all of the enthusiasm about the conditions of returning to Saudi Arabia that require some clearing up. I hope that in the coming days the confusion is cleared and we, the expats, can plan a stress-free trip to our loved ones,” he said. Since schools resumed virtual classes after the summer break, many expats have opted to stay for the sake of their children’s schooling and will not travel at least till the winter break. However, it is a good news for those whose family is back in their home country. Dr. Kifaya Ifthikar, a Sri Lankan doctor in Riyadh, told Arab News: “We are ecstatic to see our fellow Sri Lankan expats returning to our motherland safe and sound.” “COVID-19 took from us many things that are irreplaceable, but it also gave us the opportunity to realize the little things in life, like being close to family. I am glad that soon they will all be together with their loved ones,” she said.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi expats Saudi travel firms reject claims of airlines cashing in on returning expatriates

Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:16 MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood. “I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern regio
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Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:16 MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood. “I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News. He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid. Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said. “This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi. He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.” The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said. “This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added. He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session. As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light. Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said. “Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said. He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one. “Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.” He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions. The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Hassan Haroobi Saudi Arabia’s Rijal Alma village hosts cultural eveningSaudi Tourism Development Fund signs $43bn deal for tourism projects

Startup of the Week: Saudi startup aims to transform mental health services

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:45 JEDDAH: Amid warnings from UN health experts that the mental well-being of societies has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Najla Al-Thaqafi decided to establish the Etizan Therapy Center (@EtizanT) to fill gaps in mental
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Startup of the Week: Saudi startup aims to transform mental health services

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:45 JEDDAH: Amid warnings from UN health experts that the mental well-being of societies has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Najla Al-Thaqafi decided to establish the Etizan Therapy Center (@EtizanT) to fill gaps in mental health services in Saudi Arabia. “The need for facilities providing comprehensive and high-quality services has increased,” Al-Thaqafi told Arab News. She said the results of a national survey, and one conducted by her center, showed that people want such facilities to help them with their mental health. “There’s a lack of centers for psychotherapy services that conform to international standards,” she added. “Our society deserves the highest standards in quality and service.” According to the Saudi National Mental Health Survey, conducted by the King Salman Center for Disability Research and published in October last year, 34 percent of Saudis experience a mental health condition sometime in their life. Moreover, 80 percent of Saudis with severe mental health disorders do not seek any treatment. The most prevalent mental health conditions in the Kingdom are separation anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, social phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder. “Etizan, which means balance in Arabic, is a big goal and a dream that very recently came true to introduce something different to society,” said Al-Thaqafi. The 30-year-old clinical psychologist gathered a team of 10 young Saudi specialists with master’s degrees and doctorates in diverse fields under the roof of her center, which opened in Jeddah in June. Her father was her main supporter in establishing it. Etizan offers a diverse set of services for people of all ages, including individual treatment for children, adolescents and adults; family and marriage therapy; group therapy and addiction treatment. Al-Thaqafi said what distinguishes Etizan from other service providers is the diversity of specialties, well-developed treatment programs and a strong work ethic. “We also offer the highest levels of hospitality at reasonable prices commensurate with the segments of society,” she added. “Moreover, we offer volunteering opportunities where we aim to work on humanitarian initiatives and provide voluntary service to the community.” Al-Thaqafi obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam. She also works as a lecturer in psychology at a private university in Jeddah.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Startup of the Week Startup of the Week: Venturing down the rabbit hole to a thrift shopping wonderlandStartup of the Week: Saudi chef introduces art of Italian pizza making in the Kingdom

شاهد.. صنعاء تدعم اتفاق جنيف وتحذر من عرقلة سعودية

بمواقف إيجابية، وترحيب كبير من قبل القوى السياسية والاوساط اليمنية، قوبل الاتفاق الموقع في جنيف، بشأن ملف الأسرى بين وفدي صنعاء والرياض، وال
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شاهد.. صنعاء تدعم اتفاق جنيف وتحذر من عرقلة سعودية

بمواقف إيجابية، وترحيب كبير من قبل القوى السياسية والاوساط اليمنية، قوبل الاتفاق الموقع في جنيف، بشأن ملف الأسرى بين وفدي صنعاء والرياض، والقاضي بإطل...

السعودية تحاكم نشطاء ومؤيدين لحماس بمعلومات 'اسرائيلية'

استأنفت السلطات السعودية محاكمة ستة معتقلين أردنيين وفلسطينيين بدعوى دعم المقاومة الفلسطينية. وقال محامي الدفاع إن النيابة العامة وجهت للمو
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السعودية تحاكم نشطاء ومؤيدين لحماس بمعلومات 'اسرائيلية'

استأنفت السلطات السعودية محاكمة ستة معتقلين أردنيين وفلسطينيين بدعوى دعم المقاومة الفلسطينية. وقال محامي الدفاع إن النيابة العامة وجهت للموقوفين تهما...

ابن سلمان في مأزق كبير وتطور جديد بقضية “جريمة القرن”

يبدو أن اغتيال الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي كان “الغلطة” الأكبر لولي العهد السعودي التي سيظل يندم عليها طيلة عمره، ليس بسبب تأنيب الضمير أو 
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ابن سلمان في مأزق كبير وتطور جديد بقضية “جريمة القرن”

يبدو أن اغتيال الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي كان “الغلطة” الأكبر لولي العهد السعودي التي سيظل يندم عليها طيلة عمره، ليس بسبب تأنيب الضمير أو جريمة القت...

هبوط قيمة صادرات النفط في السعودية بنحو النصف

تعرض الاقتصاد السعودي هذا العام لضربة مزدوجة جراء هبوط أسعار النفط وأزمة كورونا وتداعياتها ....
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هبوط قيمة صادرات النفط في السعودية بنحو النصف

تعرض الاقتصاد السعودي هذا العام لضربة مزدوجة جراء هبوط أسعار النفط وأزمة كورونا وتداعياتها ....

Saudi Arabia says escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is «worrying»

Author: Mon, 2020-09-28 16:50 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it was worried about the escalating situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan due to their dispute over the Nagrono-Karabakh region. The Kingdom called on both sides to «cease fire and to se
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Saudi Arabia says escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is «worrying»

Author: Mon, 2020-09-28 16:50 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it was worried about the escalating situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan due to their dispute over the Nagrono-Karabakh region. The Kingdom called on both sides to «cease fire and to seek peaceful solutions to the conflict,» state news agency SPA reported on Monday. Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Naif Al-Hajraf said the council was anxious about he escalating tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Al-Hajraf stressed the importance of taking the dispute to the negotiating table, in a statement issued Monday. He also called for halting the escalations to maintain regional and global stability. Armenia’s parliament on Monday condemned what it said was a “full-scale military attack” by Azerbaijan on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The country’s parliament also denounced Turkey’s involvement in the crisis, saying the Turkish “ambitions” in the conflict could risk destabilizing the region. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaAzerbaijan

Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

Author: Mon, 2020-09-28 08:58 DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported. The decision will help over 50,000 f
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Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

Author: Mon, 2020-09-28 08:58 DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported. The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus by relieving them off payments amounting to over $151.9 million, the report added. Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders. “I extend my sincere gratitude for the Custodian of the Holy Mosques for issuing the generous approval to exempt investors with municipalities by 25% of the rent of municipal real estate this year to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which contributes to creating an attractive investment environment with the municipalities,” he tweeted. أتقدم بخالص الشكر لمقام سيدي #خادم_الحرمين_الشريفين بمناسبة صدور الموافقة الكريمة على إعفاء المستثمرين مع البلديات بنسبة 25% من أجرة العقارات البلدية هذا العام للتخفيف من آثار جائحة كورونا، مما يُسهم في إيجاد بيئة استثمارية جاذبة مع البلديات.@momrafuras#الاستثمار_البلدي pic.twitter.com/LjN9Bx49Ld — ماجد الحقيل (@majedhogail) September 27, 2020 Saudi Arabia announced a further drop of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number of total infections grew by 403 to 317,005. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Saudi tourist visas to be available by 2021Saudi Arabia’s Umrah plan to ensure flow of pilgrims

السعودية تعلن انعقاد قمة الـ20 في موعدها

أعلنت السعودية فجر الاثنين، أن قمة زعماء دول مجموعة العشرين ستنعقد بشكل افتراضي في موعدها المحدد يومي 21 و22 نوفمبر....
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السعودية تعلن انعقاد قمة الـ20 في موعدها

أعلنت السعودية فجر الاثنين، أن قمة زعماء دول مجموعة العشرين ستنعقد بشكل افتراضي في موعدها المحدد يومي 21 و22 نوفمبر....

Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, supervisor at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority

Mon, 2020-09-28 01:42 Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri has recently been appointed as supervisor of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority. Al-Tuwaijri received a bachelor’s degree from King
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Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, supervisor at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority

Mon, 2020-09-28 01:42 Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri has recently been appointed as supervisor of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority. Al-Tuwaijri received a bachelor’s degree from King Saud University in computer engineering in 1989. From 1990 to 1995, he attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, US, where he attained his master’s and doctorate in computer and electrical engineering.  In 2006, he received an MCPM master’s certificate from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Six years later, he attended an executive management program at Harvard Business School, Boston, US. He is the joint founder of the Saudi Association for Health Informatics, established in 2005, and has twice been elected its president. Al-Tuwaijri, who King Abdullah awarded with the King Abdul Aziz First Class Medal in 2007, chaired four e-health conferences in Saudi Arabia in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The 2012 conference was attended by more than 3,700 participants and a number of health ministers from various Arab states. From 1997 to 2013, Al-Tuwaijri was CIO of the National Guard Health Affairs, which he helped to become one of the most modern in the region. His achievements were recognized through the Middle East Excellence Award in Electronic Health Records, presented during the Arab Health Conference in Dubai in 2010. With more than 30 publications and patents in leading international journals and conferences, Al-Tuwaijri is an active researcher in the health information technology field. He holds the rank of professor at King Saud Health University, where he established the Master of Science program in Health Informatics, the first of its kind in the Middle East.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Dr. Ilham Mansour Al-Dakheel, Saudi educator and business executiveFahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, CEO of Saudi Arabia's National Unified Procurement Co.

Saudi Arabia stresses importance of stability in Sudan 

Mon, 2020-09-28 01:52 RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar received the ambassador-designate of Sudan to Saudi Arabia, Adel Bashir Hassan Bashir, at his office in Riyadh. A number of issues of mutual concern were discussed during the meeting, th
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Saudi Arabia stresses importance of stability in Sudan 

Mon, 2020-09-28 01:52 RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar received the ambassador-designate of Sudan to Saudi Arabia, Adel Bashir Hassan Bashir, at his office in Riyadh. A number of issues of mutual concern were discussed during the meeting, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday. Recently, Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of stability in Sudan and the unity of the country. In remarks made at a Friends of Sudan meeting hosted by the Kingdom, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that peace in the country was directly related to development. Prince Faisal also said that the Kingdom appreciated US efforts to remove Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. “Saudi Arabia will exert all efforts possible to enable Sudan to resume its rightful place at the forefront of the Arab world and as a productive member of the African region and international community,” Prince Faisal said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Adel Bashir Hassan BashirSudan Saudi tourist visas to be available by 2021Saudi Arabia’s Umrah plan to ensure flow of pilgrims

2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Mon, 2020-09-28 02:27 RIYADH: The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21 – 22 and will be chaired by the Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the G20 presidency said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday. «T
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2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Mon, 2020-09-28 02:27 RIYADH: The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21 – 22 and will be chaired by the Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the G20 presidency said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday. «The G20 presidency will build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March, and on the outcomes of over 100 virtual working groups and ministerial meetings,» the statement said. «The G20 is leading the fight against this global pandemic, taking swift and unprecedented actions to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable,» it said.  The G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. It has also injected $11 trillion to safeguard the global economy. It has further launched a debt suspension initiative for the least developed countries that would allow beneficiary countries to defer $14 billion in debt payments due this year and use these amounts instead for financing their health systems and social programs. «The upcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down the foundations for a better future,» said the statement.  «The Summit will also focus on fostering international action to realize opportunities of the 21st century for all, by empowering people and protecting our planet, whilst harnessing the potential of innovation to shape new frontiers.» Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: 2020 G20 SummitG20 Saudi Arabia 2020 G7 backs extension of G20 debt freeze, calls for reforms Saudi Arabia to host ‘virtual’ G20 meeting on oil markets

Saudi aid agency distributes food baskets in Lebanon

Mon, 2020-09-28 04:01 BEIRUT: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Sunday distributed 35 tons of food aid in Lebanon. The baskets were distributed in a number of governorates and benefited 4,375 people, including Syrian and Palest
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Saudi aid agency distributes food baskets in Lebanon

Mon, 2020-09-28 04:01 BEIRUT: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Sunday distributed 35 tons of food aid in Lebanon. The baskets were distributed in a number of governorates and benefited 4,375 people, including Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as needy Lebanese families. The aid comes within a project framework to secure and distribute food baskets in Lebanon. Also on Sunday, KSRelief signed a joint cooperation agreement to operate a prosthetics and rehabilitation center in Yemen’s Aden and Seiyun governorates, benefiting 2,572 people. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief signs $46m deal with UNICEF for Yemen programsSaudi Arabia’s KSRelief to provide $200m in UN Yemen aid deals

General Auditing Bureau adopts cybersecurity plan in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2020-09-28 04:13 RIYADH: The General Auditing Bureau has adopted a cybersecurity strategic plan to strengthen and protect itself from internal and external threats. The strategy is based on cybersecurity key principles, such as confidentiality, safety
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General Auditing Bureau adopts cybersecurity plan in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2020-09-28 04:13 RIYADH: The General Auditing Bureau has adopted a cybersecurity strategic plan to strengthen and protect itself from internal and external threats. The strategy is based on cybersecurity key principles, such as confidentiality, safety and availability, to ensure that protection measures are accurate and appropriate. The adoption of the strategic cybersecurity plan will help the bureau to access a safe and reliable cyberspace, support the bureau’s work, protect its information and technical assets, and promote best practices in the field of cybersecurity.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: General Auditing Bureau (GAB) New cybersecurity campaign targets remote learning in Saudi ArabiaBasel Al-Omair, founding director of KACST’s National Center for Cybersecurity Technologies

الدوحة: دول الحصار أعدت خطة لغزو قطر عسكريا

قال نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء القطري ووزير الدولة لشؤون الدفاع خالد بن محمد العطية أن «دول الحصار» خططت لغزو قطر وليس لحصارها فقط....
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الدوحة: دول الحصار أعدت خطة لغزو قطر عسكريا

قال نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء القطري ووزير الدولة لشؤون الدفاع خالد بن محمد العطية أن «دول الحصار» خططت لغزو قطر وليس لحصارها فقط....

الغارديان: السعودية عرضت على عباس خريطة جديدة لفلسطين

قالت صحيفة الغارديان البريطانية إن المملكة العربية السعودية عملت من وراء الكواليس لحث الإمارات العربية المتحدة والبحرين على توقيع اتفاق لتط
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الغارديان: السعودية عرضت على عباس خريطة جديدة لفلسطين

قالت صحيفة الغارديان البريطانية إن المملكة العربية السعودية عملت من وراء الكواليس لحث الإمارات العربية المتحدة والبحرين على توقيع اتفاق لتطبيع العلاق...

Saudi Arabia's FM and Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed discuss bilateral relations

Author: Sun, 2020-09-27 18:46 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call on Sunday with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed. During the call, the two ministers discussed bilateral relations and ways o
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Saudi Arabia's FM and Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed discuss bilateral relations

Author: Sun, 2020-09-27 18:46 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call on Sunday with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed. During the call, the two ministers discussed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them to serve the interests of the two countries and their peoples. They also reviewed developments and issues of mutual concern. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Prince Faisal bin FarhanSaudi ArabiaEritreaOsman Saleh Mohammed Saudi FM discusses enhanced bilateral cooperation with Cypriot counterpartSaudi Arabia’s King Salman discusses Red Sea, Gulf of Aden security with Eritrean president

Pompeo speaks to Saudi, Egyptian counterparts on regional issues

Sun, 2020-09-27 19:20 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call on Sunday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During the call, they discussed bilateral relations and the strategic partnership between the two co
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Pompeo speaks to Saudi, Egyptian counterparts on regional issues

Sun, 2020-09-27 19:20 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call on Sunday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During the call, they discussed bilateral relations and the strategic partnership between the two countries, Saudi Press Agency reported. They also discussed joint coordination on dealing with regional and international developments, and the position of both countries regarding them. They also reviewed the efforts of the G20 countries, of which the Kingdom holds this year’s presidency and is set to host the annual summit on Nov. 21-22. Pompeo also held a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to discuss the “dimensions of their bilateral strategic relations,” as well as a number of regional and international issues of common interest, Egypt’s state-run MENA said. Foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said the two ministers also emphasized their common grounds in many regional and international issues. Among them was the Libyan crisis, where Shoukry said that his country was communicating with various Libyan parties to implement the cease-fire and preserve the unity of Libya and its institutions. Shoukry also said Egypt supports the Palestinian-Israeli peace process based on a two-state solution. Hafez said that Shukri and Pompeo stressed the need for continued coordination on all issues of interest to Egypt and the US during the coming period, “especially in light of the challenges and the multiple crises afflicting the region.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUnited StatesEgyptMike PompeoSameh ShoukryG202020 G20 SummitPrince Faisal bin Farhan Saudi Arabia's FM and Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed discuss bilateral relationsUS Secretary of State Pompeo to back Greece amid tension with Turkey

Arab coalition says Yemeni prisoner swap ‘positive’ step

Sun, 2020-09-27 21:18 RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen said on Sunday that it views a Yemeni prisoner swap as a “positive agreement.” Yemen’s warring sides agreed earlier on Sunday to exchange 1,081 det
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Arab coalition says Yemeni prisoner swap ‘positive’ step

Sun, 2020-09-27 21:18 RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen said on Sunday that it views a Yemeni prisoner swap as a “positive agreement.” Yemen’s warring sides agreed earlier on Sunday to exchange 1,081 detainees and prisoners during the first stage of talks in Switzerland. The Arab coalition said the prisoner exchange agreement was “purely humanitarian,” and in line with the Stockholm Agreement. It has almost been two years since an agreement between the Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi militia was signed in Sweden, with the aim of ending the brutal conflict that has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the Houthi militia will release 400 government prisoners while the Yemeni government will free 681 Houthi fighters, including on-the-ground deals for 20 prisoners. Col. Al-Maliki said the coalition’s top priority is to recover the prisoners as soon as possible, adding that the agreement included the release of 15 Saudi soldiers and four Sudanese nationals. He also said the Red Cross is expected to supervise the prisoner exchange process in Yemen. Col. Al-Maliki called on the Houthi militia to not undermine the efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, saying there was a real desire to implement all the points of the Stockholm Agreement. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Arab CoalitionCol. Turki Al-MalikiYemenprisoner swapHouthi militiaHouthis Yemen warring sides agree to exchange 1,081 prisonersYemen minister condemns Houthi missile attack on local school

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