Joint investments for Arab economic integration stressed

Updated 26 May 2013
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Joint investments for Arab economic integration stressed

Total investments in the twin industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu have reached SR 800 billion, according to Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, chairman of the Royal Commission (RC).
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Amman, he called for the economic integration of Arab countries by carrying out joint investment projects.
He said the Saudi government’s move to promote the industrial sector, especially petrochemicals and minerals, was a strategic option to accelerate its diversification drive.
“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah launched a number of new industries in Jubail and Yanbu valued at more than SR 400 billion,” he said.
He said the RC has invested about SR 10 billion for the development of infrastructure in the new Ras Al-Khair industrial city. Work on a 85-km road between Jubail and Ras Al-Khair has been completed.
He revealed plans to open new industries in Jubail and Yanbu.
Mohammed Al-Mady, vice chairman and CEO of SABIC, said the WEF was a golden opportunity for Arabs to discuss vital economic, political and social issues and find viable solutions to them. He backed Prince Saud’s call urging Arab countries to promote partnership in economic, investment and trade sectors. “Arab interest demands the need to give priority to investing in Arab countries as it would strengthen Arab economies,” Al-Mady said.


US weighing options on American Daesh sympathizer in Syria

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard on top of a building on February 17, 2019, in the frontline Syrian village of Baghuz. (AFP)
Updated 20 February 2019
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US weighing options on American Daesh sympathizer in Syria

  • Neither option would likely pass muster in the cases of US citizens, who enjoy strong legal protections under the Constitution

WASHINGTON: The United States said Tuesday it wanted to ensure foreign terrorists remain off the battlefield as it weighed options on an American detained in Syria who says she wants to return home.
The United States has urged European powers to take back hundreds of their citizens who fought with the Daesh group in Syria, but acknowledged the situation was complex in the rare case of an American terrorist.
Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old from Alabama who became a prominent online agitator for the extremists, said in an interview published Sunday with The Guardian that she had been brainwashed online and “deeply regrets” joining the movement.
While declining to discuss Muthana’s case specifically, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said that the status of US citizens detained in Syria “is by definition extremely complicated.”
“We’re looking into these cases to better understand the details,” he told reporters.
Palladino said that the United States generally did not see a different solution between what to do with US fighters and with foreigners, saying the fighters pose “a global threat.”
“Repatriating these foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin, ensuring that they are prosecuted and detained — that’s the best solution, preventing them from returning to the battlefield,” he said.
The situation of foreign terrorists detained by US-allied Kurdish forces has taken a new urgency as President Donald Trump plans to withdraw US troops from Syria.
The Syrian Democratic Forces say they may have to refocus on fighting Turkey, which has vowed to crush Kurdish fighters it links to separatists at home.
Trump has contemplated reopening the US military base at Guantanamo Bay to take in new foreign inmates, while Britain on Tuesday revoked the citizenship of a female terrorsist who wanted to return home with her newborn baby.
Neither option would likely pass muster in the cases of US citizens, who enjoy strong legal protections under the Constitution.
Muthana, who was married three times to terrorists and has a son with one of her husbands, fled her family in 2014 to join the Daesh group in Syria, where she took to Twitter to urge attacks on fellow Americans.
In the interview with The Guardian, Muthana said that she was “really young and ignorant” when she joined Daesh and has since renounced radicalism.
“I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East,” she told the newspaper.
Hassan Shilby, a lawyer for Muthana, told ABC television’s “Good Morning America” that the young woman had been “brainwashed and manipulated” and is “absolutely disgusted” by the person she became.