Tenders for Jeddah Metro soon

Updated 25 April 2013
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Tenders for Jeddah Metro soon

The Municipality of Jeddah is set to invite tenders for Jeddah’s Metro train project, declared Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb.
Addressing a press conference in Jeddah on Wednesday, the minster said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is paying close attention to infrastructural development projects in the Kingdom. He also revealed that there is a proposal for the establishment of a metro train system in Riyadh following the completion of surveys.
He said the launch of a metro system will ease traffic congestion in the capital.
Prince Mansour said the Municipal Affairs Ministry is according top priority to housing projects in the Kingdom as per the directives of King Abdullah, who had met with the housing minister. In addition, efforts are being made to transfer vacant land from the jurisdiction of municipalities to the housing ministry.
He said public health and food safety is a subject where common policy and mechanisms are required across the Kingdom that municipalities must deal with. He noted that the domain of food and public health is associated with several government agencies and as such called for a conference in Jeddah where ministers and mayors would participate to draw out a common strategy to handle the vital topic of societal well-being.
Earlier, Prince Mansour called on municipalities to monitor food outlets in the Kingdom.
Mayors from 16 governorates, high-ranking officials from the ministries of Municipal Affairs, Agriculture, Health and Commerce, the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), the Saudi Food and Drug Authority and the PME participated in the conference. The conference was hosted by the Jeddah Municipality.
Speaking to Arab News, Riyadh Mayor Abdullah Al-Meqbel said that the meeting is a positive outcome in the direction of public health. Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar told Arab News that food safety mechanisms were the focus of the conference.
Magda Abu Ras of the Saudi Environment Society, who participated to outline the role of a clean environment in public health, told Arab News that she drew attention of the municipal minister and mayors to the subject.


Al-Jubeir:  Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, said Saudi Arabia's foreign minister. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Al-Jubeir:  Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

  • Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, says Saudi FM
  • Al-Jubeir: Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition is working with UN envoy Martin Griffith to reach a political solution to the conflict in Yemen based on UN Security Council resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of Yemeni national dialogue, the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday. 

“Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, and the solution should lead to the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen,” said Adel Al-Jubeir.

“We support a peaceful solution in Yemen. We support the efforts of the UN envoy for the Yemeni cause,” he added.

“We are committed to providing all humanitarian support to our brothers there. We are also working on the post-war reconstruction of Yemen.” The Kingdom supports the envoy’s efforts to hold negotiations at the end of November, added Al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict, he said.

In contrast, Houthi militias are imposing restrictions on Yemeni cities and villages, leading to starvation, he added. 

They are also seizing humanitarian aid and preventing Yemenis from getting cholera vaccinations, Al-Jubeir said. 

The Houthis fire ballistic missiles indiscriminately at Saudi Arabia, use children as fighters and plant mines across Yemen, he added. 

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, he said.

Saudi Arabia did not want the conflict in Yemen; it was imposed on the Kingdom, Al-Jubeir added. 

Saudi Arabia worked with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states to develop the Gulf Initiative. 

This led to a transition from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the internationally recognized government headed by current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Kingdom also worked to develop Yemeni national dialogue that led to a Yemeni vision regarding the country’s future.

A new Yemeni constitution was about to be drafted when the Houthis seized much of the country, including the capital. 

Yemen’s legitimate government requested support, and the Saudi-led coalition responded under Article 51 of the UN Charter.