Daily Archives: September 29, 2019

SDRPY Greets UK Parliamentary Delegation in Riyadh

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday, a British parliamentary delegation headed by MP John Woodcock was welcomed at the headquarters of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) in Riyadh. Also attending the meeting from the British side were MP Graham Jones; Mr. Peter Welby of the Institute for Global Change; Ms. Charlotte Leslie, Director of the Conservative Middle East Council; and Mr. Alexander Keynes.

Left to right: Ms. Charlotte Leslie; John Woodcock MP; Graham Jones MP; Amb. Mohammed Al Jabir; and Dr. Ghazi Binzagr at the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) headquarters in Riyadh.

Together with SDRPY staff, Saudi Ambassador to Yemen and SDRPY Supervisor-General Mohammed Al Jabir delivered a presentation to the UK delegation on the Kingdom’s development efforts in Yemen and the support that the program was providing to the Yemeni government through development projects in different sectors, namely: education, health, transportation, water, electricity, agriculture and fisheries, and government building construction. Amb. Al Jabir also explained that the Kingdom’s direct financial support to the Central Bank of Yemen as of 2019 amounted to USD 3.2 billion, and that this had helped to prevent sharp deterioration of the Yemeni economy.

Both sides discussed cooperation in the field of humanitarian relief and development work in Yemen, and the positive impact that could be achieved for the Yemeni people through the joint implementation of projects and continuous coordination of support.

The British delegation members expressed their pleasure at visiting the Kingdom and meeting Ambassador Al Jabir and his team. They also conveyed admiration for what they had seen of the program’s ongoing projects in Yemen, stressing that stability was the basic building block for the thorough development that Yemen now needed.

Amb. Mohammmed bin Saeed Al Jabir and SDRPY staff deliver a presentation on Saudi development projects and initiatives in Yemen to the visiting British delegation.

The Saudi side was represented by Shura Council Member Dr. Ghazi Faisal Binzagr; Abdullah Alghonaim, Director of the Political Department at the Saudi Embassy in Yemen; SDRPY Projects and Studies Director Eng. Hassan Alattas; SDRPY Planning Director Adel Qassadi; SDRPY Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager Abeer Al-Saud; SDRPY Finance Director Mazen Aba Al-Khail; SDRPY Editorial and Media Content Manager Mansour Alkhamis; SDRPY Creative Department Chief Abdullah Alsuwaian; and Walid Al-Musheit, SDRPY Public Affairs Officer.

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HH the Amir Attends Part of IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Doha, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended Saturday evening part of IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium.

HH the Amir attended the mixed 4x400m relay, hammer throw, long jump, and men’s 100m final.

HE President of the International Olympic Committee Dr. Thomas Bach, HE President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Lord Sebastian Coe, HE President of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the IAAF Doha 2019 Championships Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, several senior officials, and sports fans attended the competitions. (QNA)

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Sheikh Joaan meets IOC President

Doha, HE President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, Chairman of the organizing committee of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, met with HE President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Dr. Thomas Bach and the IOC Deputy Director-General for Relations with the Olympic Movement Pere Miro, in the presence of HE Secretary-General of QOC Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, on the sidelines of the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

The meeting reviewed aspects of sports cooperation and ways to support and develop them in the next phase. (QNA)

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar’s Samba qualifies to 400m hurdles Final

DOHA, Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba comfortably moved into the final of the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Championships at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Saturday.

In the semifinal third heat, Samba clocked 48.72 to come second behind Benjamin Rai of the US, who finished in 48.52.

“So far I am enjoying these championships and the atmosphere,” said Samba. “It is great to run here in front of my home crowd. I am feeling great support and there is no pressure.”

Earlier, Karsten Warholm of Norway also entered the final with a comfortable win in the second heat. Warholm, a favourite along with Rai and Samba, clocked 48.28 despite easing considerably towards the end.

Earlier, Abubaker Haydar Abdalla moved into the semifinals of 800m with an impressive show.

The 23-year-old Qatari took off right from the start and even though Canadian Brandon McBride 1:45.96 pipped him to the pole Abdalla finished second in 1:46.11.

It’s a great feeling to be at home competing in front of your own crowd,” said Abdallah.

“Your friends and family are here to cheer you on and it gives you more motivation. We have some great athletes in our team � (Mutaz Essa) Barshim, Samba, (Abdalelah) Haroun and I am proud to be a part of that,” he said.

Jamal Hairane also put in an impressive performance in another heat but his 1:46.40 was not good enough to fetch him a place in the semifinals.

I feel good, I am proud to put my country’s name in the competition. I am so proud to be here, it is a pleasure for me,” said Hairane.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Turkmenistani minister meet on UNGA sidelines.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, on the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, UNGA, in New York.

The meeting touched on ways to enhance friendship and cooperation relations between the UAE and Turkmenistan in various fields, including in the economic, investment, cultural and political sectors.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the UAE’s interest in developing aspects of joint cooperation in all aspects for the benefit of the two peoples.

For his part, Meredov commended the outstanding bilateral relations between the two countries, noting his country’s keenness to further develop them.

Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, was also present during the meeting.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed delivers UAE’s statement at UN General Assembly.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has underlined the central importance of starting “the new decade by protecting the future of our region and the world … and continue to fight terrorist groups and extremist ideologies.”

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah made the statements today while delivering the UAE’s statement before the now-running General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“We have an opportunity to achieve sustainable solutions that serve the interest of the region through the political initiative supported by the international community, by focusing on the following four areas: Strengthening the implementation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations; Enabling regional organisations to play a greater role in addressing regional tensions and achieving security and stability; Enhancing the effectiveness of political action to ease tensions and resolve crises in order to fulfill peoples’ legitimate aspirations; and finally focusing on development and investment to achieve prosperity,” he added.

The UAE’s top diplomat praised Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station. “With this major step, the UAE is entering a new era in which it contributes alongside other countries in investing in space science and building a new generation in a world based on science, technology and enlightenment.”

Following is H.H. Sheikh Abdullah’s statement: Peace be upon you all, Mr. President, At the outset, I would like to congratulate you on your presidency of this session. I would also like to thank Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, for her distinguished leadership of the previous session, which demonstrated the achievements that women can accomplish when they assume leadership positions.

I am also pleased to pay tribute to Mr. Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station. With this major step, the UAE is entering a new era in which it contributes alongside other countries in investing in space science and building a new generation in a world based on science, technology and enlightenment.

Mr. President, In conjunction with the UAE Year of Tolerance 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis and Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, signed in Abu Dhabi the Human Fraternity document, which is a historic message of peace aimed at promoting tolerance and coexistence. Building safe communities requires will, practical initiatives, and concerted effort to address the tensions caused by extremism.

The UAE has participated in regional and international efforts aimed at easing tensions and reaching political solutions to the crises in the Middle East, including Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Palestine. Thus, the UAE believes that strengthening multilateralism is the most effective approach to de-escalate these crises and to address transnational challenges, including extremism and terrorism, to achieve international peace and security. However, multilateralism has not succeeded in resolving existing crises or preventing new ones. Therefore, in order to achieve the goals for which the United Nations was established, we must examine why international efforts were obstructed and explore ways of enhancing the effectiveness of these efforts.

Our collective efforts have achieved remarkable successes in facing the challenges of the 21st century, particularly in the area of sustainable development. Unfortunately, efforts to bring about regional and global stability have been stalled, particularly in our region. Today, we are witnessing violations of states, and a normalisation of interference in their internal affairs. As conflicts continue and new crises emerge, we are witnessing a growing presence of extremist and terrorist groups. These groups have developed their capabilities with support from rogue states that aim to de-stabilise and impose hegemony on the region.

Terrorist groups such as Da’esh, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, Al-Qaeda, and the Houthis were able to gain access to the weapons and funding necessary for implementing their agendas, which have exacerbated existing crises.

The continuous terrorist attacks against the brotherly nation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the strikes targeting its civilian and vital infrastructure, most recently in the heinous attacks against Aramco facilities, have been widely condemned. These attacks not only threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and the region, but also affect the stability of the global economy.

In this context, we emphasise the need to restore reason, protect maritime navigation and energy supplies, and to find sustainable solutions based on respect for the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.

Mr. President, Despite the efforts of the international community, we have to admit that multilateralism has not responded to the challenges that emerged in the past decades. The main reasons for that include the weak enforcement of international law and Security Council resolutions, and the disregard for the role played by regional states and organisations in supporting political solutions. Despite the existence of international mechanisms for maintaining peace and security, the inability to take a firm stance against the aggressive policies of some states has led to the obstruction of international efforts.

Even when there was international consensus on the need to take collective measures to maintain peace and security, such as the need to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions by signing the nuclear agreement with Iran, such agreement could not achieve the expected change in Iran’s behavior or compel Iran to abide by international law and the principle of good neighborliness. The nuclear agreement should have taken into consideration the views of the countries of this vital region which fully understand its history. The agreement should have also addressed all aspects of Iran’s behavior, including its interference in the internal affairs of states, its development of a ballistic missile program, and its provision of arms to terrorist groups. We are speaking here about a country that seeks to export its revolution.

We have an opportunity to achieve sustainable solutions that serve the interest of the region through the political initiative supported by the international community, by focusing on the following four areas: First: Strengthening the implementation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations. These are the core pillars of preventing the collapse of international order and preserving relations among states. To achieve this goal, we need to support the capacity of states to abide by their legal obligations, and we need to hold accountable those states that violate their obligations.

The primary call of the UAE will remain for states to respect their legal obligations and abide by the principle of good neighborliness. For 48 years, the UAE has never ceased in its demand for its sovereignty and legitimate right over the three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa, that are occupied by Iran in flagrant violation of international law and the UN Charter. Historical records clearly prove the UAE’s ownership of these islands and prove that they have been under Arab rule since ancient times.

Therefore, I reiterate once again from this podium the UAE’s firm position on this issue and its legitimate sovereign right over these islands. We will never abandon our demand that Iran must return these islands to their owners.

My country has called on Iran to peacefully resolve this issue through direct negotiations, or through the International Court of Justice. However, these calls have not been answered.

Second: Enabling regional organisations to play a greater role in addressing regional tensions and achieving security and stability. It must be emphasised here that regional organisations are best positioned to develop effective solutions to the issues of their member states. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s hosting this year of the summits of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the League of Arab States is a successful example of coordination of regional and international positions to address the critical security situation in the region.

We also encourage the United Nations to consult more effectively with these organisations when discussing regional issues. The role played by the African Union in supporting peacekeeping operations and mediation is a successful model that we welcome and encourage others to follow.

Third: Enhancing the effectiveness of political action to ease tensions and resolve crises in order to fulfill peoples’ legitimate aspirations. Achieving this goal requires building confidence among states and strengthening mediation efforts, including the efforts of United Nations envoys. For these efforts to succeed, relevant parties must work within a comprehensive, transparent, and cooperative framework.

Therefore, the United Arab Emirates places great importance on political efforts as the primary option for de-escalating and addressing crises. When my country joined the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, for example, we focused on restoring the role of the legitimate government of Yemen, rejecting the fait accompli that the rebels tried to impose, and supporting a political process that could lead to stability and peace. Despite the violations of the Houthis, my country will continue its efforts to achieve peace.

Similarly, my country believes that a political path is the best option to address regional issues. In this regard, we express our appreciation for the efforts made by the United Nations, the international community, and friendly states. We particularly welcome the role of the Secretary-General in supporting the political track of the Question of the Moroccan Sahara, and we commend the tireless efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco to find a political solution for this issue.

The chaos that enveloped the Arab world during the past decade has made us even more committed to finding political solutions and more appreciative of the importance of the stability of states and the security of the people.

The Palestinian Cause will remain the central issue of the Arab world. Stability cannot be established in our region without reaching a just, lasting, and comprehensive solution that enables the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. The violations committed by the occupying power against the Palestinians, including the creation of new “facts on the ground” in Jerusalem, will enable extremist groups to exploit the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Finally, focusing on development and investment to achieve prosperity. The starting point should be to rebuild post-conflict countries, to support their national institutions, and to strengthen the rule of law in these countries. More broadly, we need to spread the values of tolerance and pluralism, and address the roots of extremism. We also need to ensure that women and youth are contributing to these efforts, because their efforts will guarantee a brighter future for all.

We must not forget the suffering of millions of people around the world from wars and natural disasters. Alleviating the severe impact of these disasters requires intensified humanitarian efforts. In this regard, my country continues to spread its message of peace by assisting affected peoples, regardless of their race or religion. In addition, the UAE intensified its humanitarian and development assistance in response to the worsening crisis affecting the Yemeni people caused by the Houthis’ obstruction of access to assistance, and even their theft of assistance to finance their criminal acts.

Mr. President, We have long awaited stability in our region. But with hard work and unified global efforts, we will be able to achieve stability in the region. We believe that the coming years will be the beginning of a new era for our region, an era in which our region will become a global economic and cultural center where technology, science, renewable energy, and artificial intelligence will thrive. By hosting Expo 2020 and launching outer space projects, we seek to create a new environment for youth, in which they can aspire to a brighter future with open minds.

We, as individuals, governments, and peoples, have a choice: To either start the new decade by protecting the future of our region and the world, or we leave our world to terrorist groups and destructive extremist ideologies. We will continue to fight the latter with all our ability.

Thank you, Mr. President!

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Saudi major general killed in personal dispute

Jeddah, Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz Al Fagham has been fatally killed from gunshots at a friend’s house in Jeddah.

According to a spokesperson from the Makkah Police, Al Fagham was visiting his friend Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Sabti at his home in Jeddah, when a mutual friend called Mamdouh bin Mishaal Al Ali arrived at the address.

According to the statement, a heated discussion erupted between Al Fagham and Al Ali who then left and came back with a gun, shooting the general, injuring him and two others who were at the house.

The police arrived at the scene, but Al Ali resisted and fired at them. He was killed when officers returned fire.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

18 trucks found dumping waste in non-designated areas

Al Sheehaniya Municipality has carried out a joint campaign to detect trucks that commit violations by dumping waste materials in non-designated areas.

The campaign was conducted in co-operation with the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), representatives from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and the security departments concerned at the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

The director of Al Sheehaniya Municipality, Jabir Hassan al-Jabir, supervised the campaign along with Saleh al-Kuwari, director of the MME?s Environmental Protection, Natural Reserves and Wildlife Department, and officials from the MoI and Lekhwiya.

The campaign resulted in the detection of 18 trucks that were disposing of waste materials randomly and dumping them in undesignated areas on a farm in Al Sheehaniya.

Besides, the company that had sold sand to the offenders to help them dump their garbage on the farm was identified.

Necessary legal procedures were initiated against all the violators involved.

Al-Jabir said the joint campaign came in implementation of the directives of HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie on the need to intensify inspection and control campaigns to detect all types of related violations and prevent such acts.

He added that the campaign in particular targets violations such as the dumping of waste materials on farms as this is considered an illegal action that violates the ownership conditions for these farms, which are meant for agricultural and farming purposes only.

The initiative is in accordance with Law No 10 of 1987 regarding public and private State property and Law No 18 of 2017 on public hygiene.

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment