UN report on Yemen ‘inaccurate, misleading’ information: Saudi UN envoy

Saudi Ambassador to UN Abdullah Al-Mouallimi
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Updated 06 October 2017
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UN report on Yemen ‘inaccurate, misleading’ information: Saudi UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected the UN's move to blacklist the coalition fighting in Yemen, calling the information cited in the international body's annual list "misleading."
"We reject the inaccurate and misleading information and figures contained in the report," the Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi told a news conference at the United Nations, insisting the Saudi-led coalition does everything possible to avoid hitting civilians.
Al-Mouallimi added that the coalition exercises maximum degree of care, precaution to avoid civilian harm.
The annual UN report on children in armed conflict named the Iran-allied Houthi militias and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for violations against children in 2016.
The Kingdom’s envoy said the report had lacked means of collecting information and securing sources in Yemen. He added that the UN did not put the coalition on the “first list” that includes children's rights violators.
In the report, the UN praised the decrease in the number of victims in Yemen due to the coalition's actions and spoke of the responsibility of the Houthi militia for violating children's rights.
“We are consulting with the United Nations to correct the image by facts and information,” Al-Muallimi said.


FaceOf: Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, Saudi ambassador to Russia

Raed bin Khaled Qarmali
Updated 17 June 2018
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FaceOf: Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, Saudi ambassador to Russia

  • In 2011, Qarmali was appointed deputy director of bilateral relations and head of the general directorate of the US at the Saudi Foreign Ministry

The Saudi Embassy in Russia, headed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, has confirmed that there were no Saudis injured in the accident in central Moscow on Sunday.

The embassy added that they were immediately in touch with the competent Russian authorities to ensure that no harm befell any Saudi citizens, and also expressed their wishes for a speedy recovery to any injured individuals.

Russia has lately been the center of attention with the World Cup happening in its midst. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Moscow on June 14 prior to Saudi Arabia’s opening World Cup match.

He was received by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Raed bin Khaled Qarmali, and accompanied by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Mohammed Al-Mutairi, the Saudi military attaché in Russia.

In 2011, Qarmali was appointed deputy director of bilateral relations and head of the general directorate of the US at the Saudi Foreign Ministry; he became the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Greece in 2012. By March 2015, the king appointed him as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Rome.

Qarmali was sworn in before King Salman in November 2017, to maintain his fealty to the Kingdom and not betray its state secrets and to fulfill his duties as ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Russia, replacing his predecessor Abdurrahman Al-Rassi.

He attended the inauguration of  the General Culture Authority’s Saudi Cultural Exhibition in Russia on June 15. 

The exhibition aims to shed light on Saudi Arabia’s culture and arts to enable visitors to get to know the rich heritage of Saudi culture and enhance their awareness about the talented creative minds in Saudi Arabia.