King Salman lauds Asian leaders’ keenness to bolster bilateral relations

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 21 March 2017
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King Salman lauds Asian leaders’ keenness to bolster bilateral relations

RIYADH: King Salman has briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of his visit to a number of Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan and China.
Presiding over the Cabinet session Monday at Yamamah Palace, King Salman appreciated the keenness expressed by leaders of these countries in bolstering bilateral relations and the viewpoints over regional and global issues serving international peace and security.
The Cabinet expressed pride over the progress of relations between the Kingdom and the Asian countries. The Cabinet touched on the king’s historic visit to Japan and China, and his talks with their leaders, as well as his receiving the Japanese Medal of Daisy Flower and his awarding of an honorary doctorate from Beijing University in China.
The Cabinet affirmed that bilateral talks and the signing of a series of agreements between the Kingdom and Japan and China during the king’s visit will cement strategic ties between the Kingdom and the two countries and develop them to new horizons.
The Cabinet praised King Salman’s address at the opening session of an international conference organized by the Muslim World League. At the conference he stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to serve as an example for the protection of human rights, freedom and comprehensive development in the community in line with Islamic values.
The Cabinet appreciated the launch by Prince Mohammed bin Naif, crown prince, deputy premier and interior minister, of a campaign aimed to correct the positions of work and residency violators.
On the security front, the Cabinet expressed thanks to the Border Guards in the southern region for their role in thwarting attempts to plant land mines, smuggle weapons and drugs, and arresting the infiltrators and those involved the crimes.
The Cabinet touched on the outcome of a visit made by Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the US and his talks with its officials. The Cabinet stressed the talks will strengthen aspects of joint cooperation for the best interests of the two countries.
At the regional and global levels, the Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the targeting by Syrian regime air forces of the convoys of UN humanitarian aid, which led to the suspension of aid convoys in Syria. The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s concern over the results of a UN report reporting humanitarian and war crimes committed by the Syrian regime and its allies against the Syrian people, especially in Aleppo, which caused damage to schools, hospitals, water supplies and food.
Later, the Cabinet approved a series of decisions including: The Cabinet approved a general agreement for cooperation between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Burkina Faso.
The Cabinet authorized the health minister to discuss with the US a memo of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for medical research related to infectious diseases.
The Cabinet also authorized the health minister to discuss with Jordan a memo of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Health and its Jordanian counterpart for cooperation in the health fields.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of culture and information to discuss with Jordan and Cuba two memos of understating for cooperation and exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and news agencies of the two countries.
The Cabinet authorized the minister of communications and information technology and board chairman of Saudi Post to discuss with Jordan a memo of understanding between the Saudi Post and the Jordanian Post for cooperation in postal services provided to Hajis and Umrah performers.
The Cabinet also authorized the minister of transport and board chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to sign two draft agreements between the Saudi government and the Qatar and Chad governments for cooperation in air transport services.


Leading monitor of crucial events in the Saudi Arabia for 100 years: Umm Al-Qura newspaper

Umm Al-Qura was the first newspaper to be published during the time of Saudi Arabia's founder.
Updated 21 May 2018
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Leading monitor of crucial events in the Saudi Arabia for 100 years: Umm Al-Qura newspaper

  • It was the first newspaper to be issued at the time of the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz
  • Al-Ahmadi clarified that the newspaper’s first issue was published in December 1924

MAKKAH: It is considered one of the most important and prestigious Saudi Arabian newspapers. 

It has witnessed crucial decisions in the country, observed the history of the region throughout a century, recording details of life in the Kingdom becoming a reference for historical decisions and events.

Umm Al-Qura’s Editor in Chief Abdullah Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper has the support and supervision of Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, who has harnessed all the resources for its modern launch. Al-Ahmadi clarified that the newspaper’s first issue was published in December 1924.

It was the first newspaper to be issued at the time of the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz. The headline in the first issue of the newspaper was “The Makkah Declaration,” and this story was accompanied by news and official statements.

Al-Ahmadi said that the paper continued its coverage during World War II, although its presses did stop for a period of up to eight weeks in 1924 before King Abdul Aziz ordered paper to be imported and printing to resume.

Umm Al-Qura’s first editor in chief was Sheikh Yusuf Yassin, who was followed by Rushdi Malhas. Both figures held diplomatic positions during King Abdul Aziz’s reign, along with Mohammed Saeed Abdul Maksoud, Fouad Shaker and Abdul Quddus Al-Ansari.

Al-Ahmadi added that the newspaper has monitored the personal stories of the Kingdom’s kings, giving precise details of the historical and political events of the last century. He added that it has the full Saudi archive and it has become a historical reference for history, the economy and politics.

Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper was a combination of news, sports and social events during 30 years of its foundation. It had adverts on some pages, reflecting the region’s identity and local, economic and cognitive dimensions.

Al-Ahmadi said that with its launch, the newspaper formed the memory, aspirations and ambitions of Saudi Arabia. It was the only media platform in which the world explored the local news, along with the cultural, educational and economic news. 

It covered their advocacy of the crucial decisions — notably the Palestinian cause that Saudi Arabia has defended since the time of its founder.

Umm Al-Qura’s editor in chief said his main concern, along with his former colleagues in the newspaper’s management, was its development and relaunch, pointing out that a number of challenges have been overcome. 

The newspaper has been developed across the board — from layout and content to its brand logo and colors, he said.

Al-Ahmadi added that new and modern printers have been provided, and the newspaper has improved in line with technical and modern changes. 

He said the government also helped restore the back issues damaged by moths.

The operation was carried out by specialized experts who supervised the whole operation to protect the issues from getting lost. All issues were archived online and missing issues are being updated, he added.

Al-Ahmadi said that the newspaper’s website will provide a digital media platform for the documentation process, giving integrated information about the newspaper.

Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper has a website archive for researchers and academics. 

He added that a large number of master’s and doctorate degrees as well as surveys took place with the help of the newspaper that has become a historic reference for scholars and researchers.