Ethiopian propaganda video flayed

Updated 23 November 2013
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Ethiopian propaganda video flayed

Saudi youth have denounced the fabricated video clip titled ‘Hell on Earth’ being circulated on social media by Ethiopian activists to tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia following its crackdown on illegals.
Illegal Ethiopians sought to portray a negative image of Saudi Arabia’s handling of the rioting perpetrated by them in Riyadh and Jeddah.
The Saudis posted photos of actual events that had taken place in recent days, reiterating how well Saudi forces handled the mob of illegals.
“What has been circulated by the Ethiopian activists online is false and was aimed at tarnishing the Saudi image,” one Saudi said.
Most of the events depicted in the Ethiopian video had taken place in countries like Lebanon and Yemen a few years ago, he said. “This shows that the video clip was concocted and has nothing to do with the truth.”
Saudi youth defended the crackdown, saying it is the Kingdom’s sovereign right to put an end to crimes and safeguard its security and stability.
To counteract the falsifications of the previous video, Saudis have circulated a new clip through YouTube showing Saudi forces helping Ethiopians. The Saudi video shows police distributing food and water among illegals at shelter camps.
Brig. Nasser Al-Qahtani, spokesman of the Riyadh police, said authorities had protected the rights of Ethiopians and their children by meeting their basic needs and spending up to SR200,000 daily. “We have also arranged 300 buses to transport illegals to the shelters. We have rented 90 rest houses to accommodate them and set up clinics for patients.”


Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

Updated 43 min 18 sec ago
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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”

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The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.