US backs Yemen action led by KSA

Updated 08 September 2015

US backs Yemen action led by KSA

The US has reaffirmed its support for Saudi-led military action taken in Yemen, saying that the goal eventually is to achieve peace and stability in that country through a negotiated political solution.

The US also underscored its commitment to Saudi Arabia's security, while offering its condolences to the government and people on the deaths of 10 Saudi soldiers in Yemen on Friday.
“The US mission in Saudi Arabia expresses its deep regret for the loss of 10 Saudi soldiers in last Friday’s attack in Yemen,” said a statement released by the American Embassy here Sunday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen during this difficult time,” said the statement pledging support to the Kingdom.
The statement said that “our commitment to Saudi Arabia remains firm and we continue to urge all parties to seek a negotiated political solution to this conflict.”
The pledge to honor US commitments to Saudi Arabia comes Sunday, when Saudi-led fighter jets bombed Houthi military positions and army installations in and around Sanaa.
Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition destroyed a key rebel encampment in the country’s capital, rocking downtown with blasts that also hit a school, restaurants and embassies, according to witnesses and officials from both sides of the conflict.
The renewed US support comes following the joint statement of the summit talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday.
Obama said the US shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis.
The fresh strikes came after the coalition announced it would be carrying out its “heaviest” aerial campaign against the militias, following the deaths of 45 soldiers from the UAE, 10 from Saudi Arabia and five from Bahrain.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece Dhahran museum.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.