KSA bans equine imports from Spain, Macedonia

Jockeys warm up their horses before a traditional race along the beach of Sanlucar de Barrameda, southern Spain, on August 3, 2017. Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of horses from Spain and Macedonia where equine infectious anemia have been detected. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca)
Updated 11 August 2017
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KSA bans equine imports from Spain, Macedonia

RIYADH: The emergence of equine infectious anemia in Spain and Macedonia has prompted Saudi Arabia to temporarily ban equine imports from the two countries to prevent the spread of the disease in the Kingdom.
Equine species are from the mammal family equidae, which includes the modern horse, zebras and donkeys.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture on Tuesday said it issued a temporary ban on imports of live equines from Spain and Macedonia after learning of the outbreak of the highly infectious anemia.
The decision is based on a precautionary bulletin by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and reports of the emergence of equine infectious anemia in both countries, said Dr. Sanad Al-Harbi, director general of the Department of Animal Risk Assessment.
The OIE is an intergovernmental organization that coordinates, supports and promotes animal disease control, and cautions governments when there are outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Such bans are periodically reviewed and lifted when the situation normalizes, ministry sources said.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has announced a temporary ban on the imports of live fish, including ornamental ones from Ireland on a warning issued by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Al-Harbi said the ban was based on the precautionary bulletin issued by the OIE reporting that there are cases of Crayfish plague in that country.
The Kingdom last month issued a temporary ban on poultry imports from Zimbabwe and Luxembourg due to avian flu, and previously imposed similar bans from countries with bird flu outbreaks. Bans are lifted when the countries are disease-free.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.