‘Come back to negotiating table,’ Saudi ambassador urges Yemen

Mohammed Al-Jaber
Updated 29 October 2017
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‘Come back to negotiating table,’ Saudi ambassador urges Yemen

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber, has urged Yemen to open a dialogue with UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Al-Jaber told Al Hayat newspaper that Saudi Arabia sees this as the best way to solve the ongoing crisis.
“Our goal now is to promote a political solution, and push the Yemeni parties to engage with the international envoy, in order to return to the negotiating table,” he said.
He added that the UN envoy “needs to first sit with the Yemeni parties to discuss all ideas, and then submit his proposals.”
In a recent statement on his Facebook page, Ahmed stated, “We are currently considering steps that each side can take to restore confidence and move forward toward a viable negotiated settlement.”
He explained that these steps are based on three pillars: “The cessation of hostilities, implementing specific confidence-building measures that will alleviate human suffering, and returning to the negotiating table with a view to reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.”
Ahmed stressed that the conflict in Yemen is essentially a political conflict “so it can only be resolved by political negotiations,” saying that he is now intensifying efforts to return to serious negotiations between all parties.
However, Yemen’s Houthi insurgents have blasted the UN envoy’s efforts, with Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdel Salam labeling his proposals — and his attempts to impose them — “aggressive.”
Salam is particularly disappointed in the UN’s failure to re-open Sanaa airport and ease what he called “the economic and humanitarian blockade” of Yemen.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.