Saudi FM says solution to Qatar crisis is in Doha's hands

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 September 2017
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Saudi FM says solution to Qatar crisis is in Doha's hands

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on Monday said the solution to the crisis Qatar is facing is in Doha's hands.
Speaking in New York after a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Al-Jubeir pointed out that Qatar's failure to stop supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries of the region was what triggered the crisis, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, alleging that Doha had been financing terrorist organizations and even giving refuge to their members.
Attempts by the Emir of Kuwait to mediate had been unsuccessful so far, with Doha thumbing its nose on the Anti-Terror Quartet and even restoring full diplomatic ties with Iran, which had been accused by the Gulf Cooperating Council (GCC) of fomenting chaos in the region.
In their meeting on Monday, Al-Jubeir and Guterres discussed recent developments in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Myanmar, SPA said.
They also discussed the close relations between the UN and Saudi Arabia, which is a partner and supportive of its initiatives.
The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi ambassador of the US, and Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al-Mu'alimi.


Saudi Culture Ministry to launch its vision Wednesday

Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. (SPA)
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Saudi Culture Ministry to launch its vision Wednesday

  • In preparing its vision, the ministry organized workshops with local specialists, international experts and relevant bodies

RIYADH: The Culture Ministry will launch its vision at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh on Wednesday.
The launch will take place in the presence of Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and other princes, ministers, officials, intellectuals, diplomats and the media.
The vision will include a range of policies and initiatives, as well as a summary of the ministry’s previous efforts to develop the cultural sector and make it an important contributor to the national economy.
The ceremony will include a song titled “The Epic of the Kingdom of Love and Peace,” composed by Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen, president of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts.
Prince Badr met with a large number of Saudi intellectuals to listen to their views and find out the obstacles to achieving their aspirations.
In preparing its vision, the ministry organized workshops with local specialists, international experts and relevant bodies.