Second bridge to link Kingdom and Bahrain

Updated 07 September 2014
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Second bridge to link Kingdom and Bahrain

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah approved the building of a second bridge between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, according to the Bahraini news agency.
The approval came during a meeting between King Abdullah and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa in Jeddah on Friday night.
King Abdullah said the bridge will be called the King Hamad Causeway and will link north Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, which will further develop relations between GCC countries in the economic, social and cultural fields.
King Abdullah also launched the first phase of a comprehensive border security project during the meeting. Attendees were briefed on the progress made thus far on the initiative, dubbed the “King Abdullah project for Saudi border security.”
In a statement made upon his arrival, King Hamad said Bahrain supported Saudi efforts to combat terrorism in all shapes and forms.
Interior Minister Mohammed bin Naif also gave a presentation about the border security project.
Almost 3,400 people have been trained for the project by 60 trainers to ensure sustainability of operations. The project includes the establishment of eight command and control centers, as well as 32 response centers along the border. Three teams have been formed for rapid intervention.
In addition, 38 front and rear gates have been fitted with surveillance cameras, as well as 78 towers, of which 38 are communication towers equipped with 50 day- and night-view cameras and 40 are towers equipped with 85 observation platforms, 10 surveillance vehicles and 1.4 million meters of fiber optic network.
A total of 50 radars and five security fences have been installed spanning a total length of 900 km.
This comprehensive equipment has helped in reducing the number of infiltrators, drug smugglers and arms and cattle traffickers to virtually zero.
King Abdullah and King Hamad discussed international developments and events in the Islamic and Arab world, in addition to the stances taken by the two Kingdom vis-a-vis these developments.
The two leaders also discussed achievements made by the GCC and ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in all fields, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also hosted a banquet at his palace in honor of the Bahraini king on Friday evening. King Hamad left Jeddah on Saturday.


UN urged to end all forms of colonialism

The Kingdom’s delegate called on the UN to shoulder its responsibilities and compel Israel to comply with international resolutions and laws. (Shutterstock)
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UN urged to end all forms of colonialism

  • Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, stressed that since the establishment of the UN in 1945, Saudi Arabia has supported all people’s freedom and independence, and their right to self-determination and administration of their land and resources

Saudi Arabia has urged the UN to intensify its efforts to end all forms of colonialism, in accordance with its provisions of the UN Charter, and relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.

The Kingdom also urged the relevant states to abide by international resolutions and work toward constructive and practical solutions through dialogue involving all parties in order to maintain security and peace and to establish stability and prosperity.

Addressing the special political and decolonization committee, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN in New York, Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, stressed that since the establishment of the UN in 1945, Saudi Arabia has supported all people’s freedom and independence, and their right to self-determination and administration of their land and resources.

Al-Mouallimi reiterated the right of the Palestinian people to the restoration of their legitimate rights, including to establish their independent state in accordance with the relevant international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative submitted by the Kingdom.

The Kingdom’s delegate called on the UN to shoulder its responsibilities and compel Israel to comply with international resolutions and laws, to end the occupation and complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Arab Golan and the Lebanese territories.