Sri Lankan student wins award

Updated 11 June 2014
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Sri Lankan student wins award

The Saudi Arabian Toastmasters Annual Conference (SATAC) 2014 was held in Riyadh recently. The event also featured the Gaveliers’ International Speech Contest in which Adnan Niyas, a 10th grader at Jeddah’s Sri Lankan International School bagged the first prize.
“The main objective of including a Gaveliers’ competition at SATAC 2014 was to enhance and promote the public speaking talents of youngsters for school gavel clubs,” said Mohan Kumar, a toastmaster and a member of SATAC.
“It was a fantastic presentation,” said Kumar, commenting on Adnan’s achievement. “Starting from club level, he managed to pass through division level and successfully reached district level-which is the final stage in the Kingdom and I congratulate him on his success.”
“SATAC 2014 has been nothing short of an opportune canvas to the public speaking artistry of Gaveliers; one that I am passionate about,” said Adnan. “It is an accomplishment that has been the harvest of persistent effort through guidance and support from the management of SLISJ along with my family and friends. It has been my utmost pride to represent such a passionate community.”
Adnan extended his gratitude to the officials of District 79 for making such an event possible. “I owe special thanks to Toastmasters Lakshman Sockalingam, Mohamed Fawzi and Sri Lankan School Chairman Mohammed Ilyas for their inspirational mentoring.”
He said that the convention has opened up doors for networking, allowing him to learn invaluable lessons from great minds, noting that every contestant had delivered a downright dynamic oration, leaving the judges in a challenging predicament. “Rising as champion from such a tense battle was truly electrifying,” he said.


FaceOf: Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, Saudi ambassador to Russia

Raed bin Khaled Qarmali
Updated 17 June 2018
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FaceOf: Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, Saudi ambassador to Russia

  • In 2011, Qarmali was appointed deputy director of bilateral relations and head of the general directorate of the US at the Saudi Foreign Ministry

The Saudi Embassy in Russia, headed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, has confirmed that there were no Saudis injured in the accident in central Moscow on Sunday.

The embassy added that they were immediately in touch with the competent Russian authorities to ensure that no harm befell any Saudi citizens, and also expressed their wishes for a speedy recovery to any injured individuals.

Russia has lately been the center of attention with the World Cup happening in its midst. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Moscow on June 14 prior to Saudi Arabia’s opening World Cup match.

He was received by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, and accompanied by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Mohammed Al-Mutairi, the Saudi military attaché in Russia.

In 2011, Qarmali was appointed deputy director of bilateral relations and head of the general directorate of the US at the Saudi Foreign Ministry; he became the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Greece in 2012. By March 2015, the king appointed him as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Rome.

Qarmali was sworn in before King Salman in November 2017, to maintain his fealty to the Kingdom and not betray its state secrets and to fulfill his duties as ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Russia, replacing his predecessor Abdurrahman Al-Rassi.

He attended the inauguration of  the General Culture Authority’s Saudi Cultural Exhibition in Russia on June 15. 

The exhibition aims to shed light on Saudi Arabia’s culture and arts to enable visitors to get to know the rich heritage of Saudi culture and enhance their awareness about the talented creative minds in Saudi Arabia.