UK defense minister backs KSA's efforts to bring about Yemen settlement

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (left) meets with Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Mohammad Al-Ayeesh in this photo posted on the UK Defense Ministry's Twitter account. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 11 December 2016
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UK defense minister backs KSA's efforts to bring about Yemen settlement

LONDON: British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on Sunday said Saudi Arabia is entitled to bring about a settlement in Yemen that restores the legitimate government.
“It (Saudi Arabia) is perfectly entitled to defend itself and it is also leading the coalition to restore the legitimate government of Yemen,” Fallon told the BBC.
A Saudi-led Arab coalition threw its support behind the UN-recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in March 2015 amid a rebellion by Iran-backed Houthis in cooperation with loyalists of disgraced former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Houthi militias have periodically launched attacks across the southern Saudi border with Yemen. Their rocket and missile attacks have also killed dozens of soldiers and civilians.
Fighting in Yemen have resulted in more than 10,000 deaths, according to a UN agency.


‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. (AN photo)
Updated 24 September 2018
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‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

  • Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life

JEDDAH: “Our History is Misk,” supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, is being organized at the historical site of Jeddah.
The event is bringing nostalgia through a number of scenes that embody the life the city witnessed decades ago.
It comes as one of the activities of the foundation’s initiatives center and is part of its role in encouraging creativity and promoting national values in society.
The activities include an open theater to portray the professions of Jeddah citizens in the past. A number of local actors brought 20 extinct professions back to life through their performances.
One of the actors sits in the center, playing the role of the mayor, who used to help the people and solved their differences. Also showcased were the “decorator,” who is similar to barbers nowadays, the distribution of fabrics used in houses at the time, the selling of water in alleys for nominal amounts of money, and the restoration and cleaning of shoes.
Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. In them, people with all kinds of professions met to drink tea and listen to a storyteller.