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6,000-year-old relic handed to Saudi government

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) honors Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk for giving the relic to the commission. (SPA)

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) received a rare archaeological piece dating to 6,000 years ago from Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk. Prince Sultan handed Al-Balawi a reward and a certificate of honor for giving the relic to the commission.
The body’s Board of Directors at the body’s headquarters in Riyadh received the artifact following the conclusion of a meeting on Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not identify the artifact.
The Saudi law stipulates that archaeological pieces are the property of the state and citizens who find them are required to hand them over to the SCTH.
Prince Sultan said some honest citizens who find archaeological pieces make the common mistake of digging them out and then hand them over to the SCTH. It is a mistake because 50 percent of the relic’s story is in the place it was found, he said. He added that the correct way to leave the piece in its place and notify only the Antiquities Office that will handle it.
He said keeping found archaeological pieces is a crime punishable by law. He said the SCTH will launch an awareness campaign. He said the SCTH receives nearly 20,000 reports of kept or stolen artifacts.

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) received a rare archaeological piece dating to 6,000 years ago from Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk. Prince Sultan handed Al-Balawi a reward and a certificate of honor for giving the relic to the commission.
The body’s Board of Directors at the body’s headquarters in Riyadh received the artifact following the conclusion of a meeting on Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not identify the artifact.
The Saudi law stipulates that archaeological pieces are the property of the state and citizens who find them are required to hand them over to the SCTH.
Prince Sultan said some honest citizens who find archaeological pieces make the common mistake of digging them out and then hand them over to the SCTH. It is a mistake because 50 percent of the relic’s story is in the place it was found, he said. He added that the correct way to leave the piece in its place and notify only the Antiquities Office that will handle it.
He said keeping found archaeological pieces is a crime punishable by law. He said the SCTH will launch an awareness campaign. He said the SCTH receives nearly 20,000 reports of kept or stolen artifacts.

Saudi crown prince, Pakistan army chief discuss bilateral ties in Riyadh talks

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa in Riyadh on Monday. (Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud via Twitter)

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, in Riyadh on Monday.
This is Gen. Bajwa’s third official visit to Saudi Arabia since he assumed command of Pakistan’s army in November 2016.
The crown prince and the army chief reviewed bilateral relations, especially on military aspects. Common interests were also discussed in the meeting which was attended by several officials.
Gen. Bajwa also reviewed whole range of relationship with Commander of Ground Forces and Commander of Joint Forces for Operations of Restoration of Hope Lt. Gen. Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Pakistan’s state run radio service reported.
The agenda of the meeting and its outcome was asked by Arab News to Pakistan Army spokesman but his office, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), responded with “no comment”.
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are bound by religion and enjoy brotherly relations. Their role in regional stability is critical and each hold their association in highest regard.
“Nobody can doubt the brotherly relations of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The depth of this relation cannot be gauged. The relations between both countries is stronger than ever but the bond of religion is the most important relation we have above all which is essential for every Muslim in the world,” said Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malky, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, in an earlier interview to Arab News.
How dearly Pakistan values the Kingdom’s relation was witnessed in August after newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assumed office and choose to embark on his first official visit to Saudi Arabia to strengthen the decades old brotherly ties.
Gen. Bajwa, prior to his visit to Saudi Arabia, met with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, and held discussions on regional challenges, strategic relations and matters related to military issues on Saturday in a brief visit to the UAE.
He underlined his gratitude to the UAE for the humanitarian assistance it has extended to the overseas Pakistanis residing in the UAE and appreciated development project initiatives undertaken through the directives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Pakistan.

World Italian Language Week lines up cultural treat in Jeddah

At the event are, from left, Italian comedian Saverio Raimondo, Elisabetta Martini, consul general of Italy, Biancaria Gismondi and Fabio Ferri from Mondadori Education Co. andLouai Al-Binni, CEO of End Consumer. (AN photo)

JEDDAH: The Italian Consulate in Jeddah has lined up a series of events until Wednesday to celebrate World Italian Language Week.
The consulate is holding this event for the fourth year in a row with different themes for each year. This year’s theme is “cinema” as there are expectations about theaters opening in the Kingdom soon.
Italian comedian Saverio Raimondo attended a press conference on Monday at the Italian Cultural Center along with Fabio Ferri and Biancaria Gismondi from Mondadori Education to discuss the celebrations.
The first day’s event featured a stand-up comedy show by Raymondo. The show was focusing on Italian comedy in general, and about Fantozzi, one of the most famous comedy characters in Italy.
Comedy is a “strange thing” to export to a foreign country, but it is also an important cultural experience.
The character of Fantozzi had such an important influence on the Italian language in a way that epitomizes the influence of cinema on a language. The second and third days of the event will be two “movie nights.”
An Italian movie with English subtitles will be screened, and then a Swiss movie in Italian, also with English subtitles, will be shown on the last day. All the events will be held at the Italian Consulate starting at 9:00 p.m.
The consulate has also prepared debates and seminars at the Italian Culture Center, the Italian School of Jeddah, Effat University and Dar Al-Hekma College.
“The beacon of Saudi youth is US culture, but our aim is to show that stand-up comedy does not only belong to the US. There is also an Italian way to have stand-up comedy,” said Italian Consul General Elisabetta Martini.
A seminar at Dar Al-Hikma Collage will held on Tuesday about the Italian entertainment industry, and on how to start a career in the entertainment field.
“This is something very important for Saudi Arabia because they just started to focus more on entertainment businesses and entertainment as a job creator market,” Martini added.
“Italy is a cultural superpower and it is eager to contribute to the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030 also as far as the creative industry is concerned,” said the consul general.
The series of events are sponsored by End Consumer, Creative Marketing Solutions, Bin Zagger Company, Al-Bilad Hotel and Al-Danoub Market.
Ferri from Mondadori Education underlined that Italian is a European language spoken in Italy and Switzerland. And it is the fourth most studied foreign language in the world.
“Italy has always been at the crossroads of trade and this is why many Arabic words were adopted into Italian,” he said.
The aim of the initiative is to “underline what unites the Arabic and Italian cultures — not what divides us, namely creativity and common words,” said Martini.

King Salman receives Emir of Kuwait

King Salman talks with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. (SPA)

JEDDAH: King Salman received the Emir of Kuwait in Riyadh on Monday.
The king discussed with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah relations between the two countries as well as regional developments in addition to issues of mutual interest, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
In attendance were a number of dignitaries including, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, Mansur bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Advisor to the King, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, various royal and non-royal princes, Kuwaiti accompanying delegation, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Thamer Jabir Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and other officials.