Religious, social figures urge unity, rejection of fake news in Awamiyah

Members of Saudi forces stand guard in the town of Awamiya in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, in this August 9, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 August 2017

Religious, social figures urge unity, rejection of fake news in Awamiyah

AWAMIYAH: Forty-six religious and social figures in the town of Awamiyah have issued a statement calling for unity and rejection of fake news.
“It is essential that we prepare and work hard to make life better, and stand side by side to push our common boat again to glory and dignity, and surpass obstacles as fast as possible,” the statement read, stressing the importance of social unity in solving and avoiding problems.
The religious and social figures also emphasized the need for wisdom, saying members of society should listen to reason and serve their country.
People should dismiss divisive calls that are usually disseminated via social media, they said, stressing the importance of a culture of “substantiation.”
God said in the Holy Qur’an: “If a wicked person comes to you with news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly.”
The statement highlighted the importance of prudence in deciding priorities. Official announcements about the security situation and demolition progress in Al-Musawarah neighborhood, as well as media access to the area, indicate that residents will soon return to their homes.
But what is more important, the statement said, is that their return should be prearranged with security forces to save lives and minimize losses. The statement called for reconstruction, which requires societal cooperation.
Signatories include well-known figures such as Ibrahim M. Al-Ibrahim, Ahmed S. Al-Laith and Taher Al-Shamimi.
Al-Musawarah on Saturday witnessed repair work and replacement of power stations damaged by terrorist activity. Maintenance teams continued to fix water and sewage pipes.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.