Qatar crisis should be solved within GCC framework: Al-Jubeir

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. (File photo)
Updated 23 July 2017
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Qatar crisis should be solved within GCC framework: Al-Jubeir

JEDDAH: The crisis with Qatar should be solved within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday.
At a joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano in Rome, Al-Jubeir said he explained to Alfano the measures taken by the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) — comprising Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — against Doha “due to Qatari support and financing of terrorism, harboring terrorists, incitement, spreading hatred and interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.”
Al-Jubeir added: “We provided our Qatari brothers with a set of demands… We hope wisdom in Qatar will prevail and respond positively to these demands so we can put an end to this page... We will wait for the desired change to occur.”
He continued: “There should be no tolerance for extremism and terrorism. We must find solutions to these problems, noting that there are many other things in the region that we should be interested in. We are determined to continue to see the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and develop our economy and standard of living. Dealing with terrorism and extremism complicates this process.”
There is an “agreement to work with our partners and allies in Italy to defeat this scourge.”
Al-Jubeir said it pained the ATQ to take measures against Doha, and the aim is not to harm Qatar.
On relations with Iran, he said Tehran interferes in countries’ internal affairs, ignites sectarianism, cultivates terrorist cells in Gulf countries, violates international agreements regarding ballistic missiles, dispatches its Revolutionary Guards to Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and smuggles weapons and explosives to Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen to undermine regional stability.
“We have a party indulged in aggressive behavior since 1979, and other parties received this aggressive behavior,” Al-Jubeir said.
“This is related to Iran’s pursuit of control of the region, which we will not allow to happen.”
On the Middle East peace process, Al-Jubeir said everyone knows what the settlement should be: Two states for two peoples, with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
“We must push the parties in this direction, with the hope that wisdom prevails and that people can pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque without interference,” he added.
He said he exchanged views with Alfano on terrorism, extremism and the regional situation in general.
Al-Jubeir added that they also reviewed and seek to expend bilateral relations in various fields such as trade, investment, education and political consultation.
Alfano described the talks with Al-Jubeir as positive, stressing the existence of many opportunities to strengthen bilateral ties, and commending the Kingdom’s importance as a trade partner.


AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

Updated 19 April 2018
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AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

  • The showing of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is eagerly anticipated by moviegoers.
  • The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.

Riyadh: With the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia just one day away, AMC Cinemas has announced a partnership with Noon.com to sell tickets online for initial screenings of “Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios production of the immensely popular comic book that heralds the return of movie theaters to the Kingdom on April 20.
The Kingdom-wide excitement accompanying the arrival of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is expected to generate hordes of would-be moviegoers for what will be the only cinema screen in all of Saudi Arabia as the cinema ramps up to full operations. The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.
Movie lovers can now go to www.noon.com, where they can click on a banner ad that will take them to the micro site for ticket sales and information. On the micro site landing page, a digital clock will count down to the start time for ticket sales for the next showing of Black Panther. As soon as the start time arrives, customers can click on “Book Now” to begin their ticket purchase with Noon. As soon as the show is sold out, the timer will reappear on screen along with a message indicating that there are no more tickets available and when sales will start for the next showing.
Initial screenings of Black Panther are reserved for families only and are not open to single males. Future showings will be made available for single men.
Although ticket sales are currently limited to next-day showings, customers will be able to choose their cinema experience, type of seat and the number of tickets they want to buy. There will be an initial limit of six tickets per customer. Black Panther will screen nightly at 8:30pm with tickets priced at SAR75, which includes a 25 percent entertainment tax levied by GCAM and 5 percent VAT.
Tickets for Friday night’s premiere event go on sale at 12:00am Friday, April 20 for the 8:30pm show on the same day.