Jeddah symposium draws global security specialists

Specialists in the field of land and maritime border security from across the globe are taking part in the Jeddah symposium. (AN photo)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Jeddah symposium draws global security specialists

JEDDAH: Forty-five experts and speakers from 15 countries are taking part in the First International Symposium on Land and Maritime Border Security and Safety (challenges and solutions) in Jeddah.
The symposium will discuss several issues concerning the safety and security of sea ports and ground crossings, as well as the protection of vital facilities.
It was launched under the patronage of Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.
Dr. Mohammed Ali Koman, secretary-general of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, and Kiroja Michi Chini, representative of the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), attended the opening ceremony.
Border Guards Director General Awad Al-Balawi said that the event aims to find solutions to combat cross-border crimes, such as drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings and all forms of transnational organized crime, strengthen national, regional and international cooperation, and review legislation, regulations and mechanisms that would prevent such crimes.
He also said that border security is of vital importance for improving national security and stability.
“Border security has faced hazardous challenges and threats caused by security and political crises in some countries, which contributed to an increase in the activities of terrorist organizations and organized transnational crime groups.”
Al-Balawi said: “Besides, maritime security threats have increased due to poor control of some seas and coasts, resulting in misusing them as transit areas to target countries.”
Al-Balawi said that improving maritime security is a key factor for maritime and international trade development and securing ports and shipping routes, which in turn ensures sustainable economic growth and food security.
“Hosting this important event, which is characterized by the participation of border and coastal security leaders and officials from 17 countries, is proof of Saudi Arabia’s important global role and evidence of its leading role in the region at political, economic and social levels,” he added.
The IMO official said that his organization had worked for more than 30 years on coordinating international efforts and collaborating with relevant bodies to improve performance at the national and regional levels.

 


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.