No request for mediation with Tehran: Riyadh

Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in this January 2, 2016 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 17 August 2017
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No request for mediation with Tehran: Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia denied on Wednesday reports that it has requested mediation in any form with Iran.
“There is no truth to what has been circulated in this regard,” a government source told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The source stressed the Kingdom’s adherence to its firm position that rejects any rapprochement with Tehran’s regime, “which spreads terrorism and extremism in the region and the world, and interferes in the affairs of other countries.”
Saudi Arabia believes that from past experience, Tehran cannot be negotiated with as it does not respect diplomatic rules and norms, or the principles of international relations, said the source.
Tehran perpetuates lies and distorts facts, the source said, affirming Riyadh’s emphasis on the dangers it poses to world peace and stability.
The source added: “Saudi Arabia has called upon all countries of the world to work to deter the Iranian regime and its hostile actions, and compel it to comply with international law, UN resolutions, diplomatic norms and regulations.”


Najm Insurance graduates female surveyors

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Najm Insurance graduates female surveyors

JEDDAH: Najm Insurance Services, the leading traffic support service provider in the Kingdom, on Thursday celebrated the graduation of the first batch of 40 Saudi female surveyors, who will manage traffic accidents.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, director general of the Saudi Traffic Directorate.
Najm CEO Fahad Ibrahim Al-Akeel underscored the importance of involving women in managing and dealing with traffic accidents, in line with the royal decree enabling them to drive. The company strives to raise awareness among drivers about safety rules, he said.
Maha Al-Shunaifi, Najm’s director of marketing and corporate communications, said the female graduates underwent an intensive training program, having been selected in accordance with clear and precise criteria.