Arab coalition condemns UN report on Children and Armed Conflict

Col. Turki bin Saleh Al-Maliki Arab coalition spokeperson. (SPA)
Updated 07 October 2017
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Arab coalition condemns UN report on Children and Armed Conflict

RIYADH: The Arab coalition working to restore legitimacy in Yemen has released a statement in response to the UN’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, released Friday.
The coalition acknowledged that the UN report had added it to a list of bodies and states that had taken measures to improve the protection of children. The report also praised the coalition’s cooperation with the UN, according to the coalition’s statement.
The coalition expressed appreciation toward UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who expressed his wish to continue cooperating with the coalition in order to promote child protection. However, the coalition denied and condemned other claims made in the report.
The coalition stated that the release of such claims impacts the credibility of the UN report and condemned the misinformation that was delivered to the UN, which the coalition says deflects attention away from the crimes committed by the Houthis and those loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh. The coalition stressed its wish to abide by international laws and standards to protect civilians and keep them safe by ensuring precaution and vigilance.
The coalition ascertained that the unfortunate consequences of this conflict are a result of the actions of Houthis and Saleh loyalists and their apparent decision to use children as human shields and militants, which is a flagrant violation of international laws. The coalition requested that the UN report be corrected and it also called upon the UN to continue its cooperation in order to promote the safety and protection of children. The coalition also invited the UN to hold the Houthis and Saleh loyalists accountable for crimes against children in Yemen.
According to the coalition, if it had not been for the Iranian intervention in Yemen and the coup instigated by Houthis and Saleh loyalists, threats to neighboring countries and Hezbollah and Iran-backed missiles launched at Saudi Arabia, the conflict in Yemen would not have begun. The coalition stressed its willingness to keep helping the Yemeni people by maintaining stability in the region.


Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

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Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

  • Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens
  • Al-Sheddi holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has appointed Majed Al-Sheddi as the commission’s assistant president on Tuesday.
Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens based on what he has learned from Prince Sultan: citizens come first and serving them is an honor for every official.
He stated that the new mission will allow him to serve in more comprehensive areas, affirming the national identity and advancing in the national economic project SCTH has undertaken.
He expressed his pride in Prince Sultan’s confidence in him. He affirmed that the prince is an exceptional teacher in administration, leadership and values from which he has benefited for more than 15 years.
The new assistant president prayed to meet the prince’s high expectations and contribute to the course of growth and development based on Saudi Arabia’s deeply rooted values.
He holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia, US.
Before joining the commission, he was a member of the training body at the Institute of Public Administration, then SCTH’s director general of media relations, supervising organizing committees for the commission’s events.