KSA: Goodwill needed for success of Iran N-deal

Updated 26 November 2013
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KSA: Goodwill needed for success of Iran N-deal

Saudi Arabia on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran and hoped it would lead to a comprehensive solution to Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
In a statement, the Cabinet said that if there is “goodwill” the deal could lead to a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, a reference to Israel’s presumed arsenal.
"The Saudi government... sees that if there was goodwill, this agreement could represent a first step toward a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program if that led to the removal of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, from the Middle East and the Arab Gulf region," the Cabinet said following its weekly meeting in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia has been worried about Iran's nuclear program, fearing it is a cover for an atomic weapons production. Iran maintains its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.
The Kingdom said it hoped that this agreement would be followed by further steps that would guarantee the rights of all states in the region to peaceful nuclear energy.
Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have already issued statements welcoming the nuclear deal.
Sunday's agreement, reached after marathon talks in Geneva, was condemned by Israel as a “historic mistake” and said it would not be bound by it.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

Updated 15 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.