Saudi Press Roundup
With the signing of various strategic deals, the announcement of construction of King Salman Causeway between the Kingdom and Egypt and the establishment of King Salman University in Sinai, the relations between the two countries have entered a new era.
Even before the signing of these deals, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman took decisive actions to bolster ties between the two sides and at the mass level as well.
King Salman want the new partnership to serve as a model for others in the region to follow and to help boost unity in the Arab world and to pull it from the ongoing crises. This royal visit will go a long way in instilling confidence among Arabs and to help them move away from the dependence on foreign powers and to take steps in their own interests. This is only possible through the promotion of trade, cultural and military ties between Arab countries.
Therefore, the King Salman Causeway came to clearly express the depth of this unity and cohesion and the ability of both the countries to cross over to other side feeling safer and stabilized in response to the new reality created by the historic visit.
The causeway will act as a gateway to the world between the Asian and African continents and convergence of cultures and common economic interests, investments, transport and tourism between the East and the West. History will always remember the day when King Salman announced the construction of the King Salman Causeway, which gave the two peoples another chance to meet and cooperate and to cement fraternal relations so as to save the two countries from chaos we have inherited from the so-called Arab Spring revolutions, which neither brought development nor security.
King Salman Causeway demonstrates the ability of the engineer of Saudi-Egyptian relations in the new era: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who, by leading Saudi delegation at the Saudi-Egyptian Coordination Council, succeeded in changing the vision of unilateral action into partnership between the two countries at all levels.
It is a strategic, pragmatic and carefully studied initiative where the new causeway will become an economic tributary for both countries.
— By Ahmed Al-Jimaia
United against terror
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have, undoubtedly, political and military weight that will help enable them to change the situation in the region.
Both counties can also identify frameworks that will contribute to achieving the set goals, notably security, stability and decent life for the people of the region.
Relations between the two countries are old and deep-rooted and both sides strongly believe in the importance of security and stability and solving the outstanding Arab and Muslim issues.
Recently critical steps and initiatives have been taken in the fight against terrorism, such as the creation of an Islamic alliance and the holding of “North Thunder” military drill. Now the two countries are poised to take their cooperation in this regard to a new level with the signing of various security deals.
There is no doubt that the two leaderships are giving priority to fighting terrorism.
— By Muflih Al-Qahtani
A strategic alliance
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s visit to Egypt is, by all means, vital at all levels — political and economic. The visit comes at a time when the entire region is facing various challenges.
Despite all challenges, Saudi Arabia has its own strategic and leading vision in the region. Undoubtedly, consensus of visions among Arab countries is vital.
Egypt is the other wing through which problems of the region are corrected. The unrest and wars in some Arab countries created loopholes for regional forces, such as Iran, to interfere and impose their expansionist agenda. It is not something new if we say Saudi-Egyptian relations have a distinctive nature politically, economically and popularly.
During the Egyptian revolution and after, Saudi Arabia’s position was decisive in the history of the region because Egypt is the Arab depth and its relations with the Kingdoms are integral to boost the security of the Arab region.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the pillars of the Arab region, a matter that clearly indicates that it is hard to address issues of the region without a role for each or both of them.
The visit comes ahead of the Islamic summit, scheduled for the middle of the current month in Turkey, where the conference may be an opportunity in which Saudi Arabia could act as a link to solve Egyptian-Turkish rift and, thereby, activate joint political work in the region.
Finding a Saudi-Egyptian-Turkish understanding will boost the most important points of strength in the region and fill the vacancy after the declining role of some Arab countries being preoccupied by wars and internal dissentions and US absence in the region.
— By Fadilah Al-Jaffal
Our honorable martyrs
Col. Kitab Majid Al-Hamadi’s last words before he was shot dead by a terrorist group were: “As long as you do a good thing, you will be rewarded.”
He had sent this text through WhatsApp minutes before the criminals attacked him. For three decades, some people have been trying to demonize the security forces and trying to distort their image among the masses. Some others think security jobs, which are an honorable profession, are “despicable.” This is stated in recordings, videos and tweets of the terrorist and violence-advocating groups.
The martyred man served his country with due nobility and wanted his country to be safe and stable; so he served honorably and died honorably.
We should not forget that the security forces have always been targeted. In less than one day of the Daesh terrorist group’s attack on a police center in Al-Kharj, this new coward attack came on Col. Al-Hamadi. Fortunately, Saudis are standing together and support their forces.
As early as 2004, Al-Qaeda terrorist group tried to convince the community on the legitimacy of its targeting Al-Washam Traffic building but returned dazzled and exhausted.
— By Turki Al-Dikhail
During his recent visit to the Kingdom, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed admiration over a Riyadh-based Indian investment company, which has employed 1,000 women, 85 percent of them were Saudis specialized in IT.
However, some other foreign companies come to our country without benefiting us, notably in the area of employment of Saudi citizens.
The major gains, which could be offered by the foreign direct investment (FDI) to the Kingdom, are employment to Saudis and transfer of technology and management expertise. Otherwise, there is no need for their existence even if they accumulate huge profits. We don’t need foreign companies that just come to our country, build factories polluting our skies, increase foreign laborers and enjoy incentives offered by the government unless they practically achieve the goals in terms of employment of citizens and transfer of technology.
There is a belief that presence of foreign companies in our country is advantageous but this will not be correct unless those companies are sharing their interests with the interests of the country hosting their investments.
We want foreign countries that are keen to employ Saudis.
— By Abdulwahid Al-Hamid
The deputy director of the National Committee of Narcotics Control (NCNC), Maj. Gen. Abdullah Jameel, said that the 66 percent of the smuggled captagon pills are seized in Saudi Arabia and the remaining 34 percent of seized items go to other countries.
These pills are being used by Daesh terrorist group members and are coming to us from Israel, Syria and other Levant countries. Millions of capsules have recently been caught at our northern and eastern customs points thanks to the vigilance of the security men. Let us ask a straight question: Is our community a fertile market for these pills? Is such a quantity consumed in our country? Frankly speaking, I don’t have an answer.
In the absence of a proper awareness campaign against the terrible invasion (of narcotics) on our youths, narcotics control bodies and customs authorities are laboriously working to uncover the smuggling operations.
This dirty drug has to be totally fought; it is a mini-war of the Syrian regime because most of the smuggling operations originate from Syria.
The Ministry of Interior deserves a big salute because it is fighting two forms of terrorism: Extremism and narcotics.
— By Abdullah Salih Al-Qarni
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