France offers high-quality education to Saudi youths

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of Europe and foreign affairs, speaks at the Misk Global Forum on Thursday. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)
Updated 17 November 2017
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France offers high-quality education to Saudi youths

RIYADH: Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of Europe and foreign affairs, on Thursday stressed the urgent need to conserve and protect the environment.
Delivering the keynote address on the last day of the Misk Global Forum 2017 in the Saudi capital, he said that using new technology and renewable energy is an inspiration to the world.
Renewable energy — sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat— is preferred since it does not pollute or exacerbate environmental pollution.
He said that understanding the environmental problem is not “really an option but a necessity,” adding that “we must be open to dialogue to discuss it.”
Le Drian added that Saudi youths travel to study abroad and learn as well as get training from French companies.
“The Saudi youth are an engine of growth in creating new companies if and when they come back to the Kingdom,” the French foreign minister said.
He said that his country is a land of culture, has several top schools, and is undergoing a massive digital transformation.
“We want to be an active participant in the digital revolution,” he said, adding that French companies hire youths under 30 years of age.
The minister said his government is creating a suitable atmosphere for creativity for Saudi youths if and when they decide to work and live in France.
Saudi Arabia wants to be a major partner in French firms and the Misk Foundation makes this possible, he said.
He said that the initiatives of the Misk Foundation in various fields should be a source of ideas in developing further and stronger relationships between France and Saudi Arabia.
Through the initiative of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, this source of ideas is needed to develop the skills and knowledge of the youth, said the minister.
This will also engender improved bilateral ties between Saudi Arabia and France, he added.


Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

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Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

JEDDAH: Two suspects facing 12 terror-related charges are on trial in a Riyadh-based court, Okaz newspaper reported.
The suspects are on trial for recording a voice message where they imitated the voices of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in an effort to criticize the local Abha Tourism Festival.
The first suspect is facing eight charges, including supporting terror groups Al-Nusra Front and Daesh.
The suspect is accused of preparing, sending and storing items deemed harmful to public order and morals. He was also communicating with a member of Daesh in Syria, the newspaper added.
He appears to follow social media accounts affiliated with Daesh, in addition to disseminating information and publications by the terror group via Twitter and Telegram and WhatsApp to his friends, including the second suspect, whom he had shared Daesh-related videos with.
The second suspect is facing four charges, including meeting the first suspect, inciting him to support terror groups, and harboring him from security forces.
He is also accused of disturbing public order by taking part in a voice message that criticized the Abha festival, by sending it via WhatsApp to a number of friends.