Arab League holds emergency meeting to discuss Iran

This file photo shows a general view of the League of Arab States, in Cairo, Egypt.
Updated 19 November 2017
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Arab League holds emergency meeting to discuss Iran

CAIRO: Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to combat Iranian interference in the affairs of regional countries. The meeting was requested by Saudi Arabia, supported by the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait, and will be attended by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
The ministerial meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the Arab Ministerial Committee on Intervention in Arab Internal Affairs, which comprises Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.
The Kingdom’s request follows the launch of an Iranian-supplied ballistic missile at Riyadh from Houthi militia-held territory in Yemen on Nov. 4, and an explosion and fire at a Bahraini oil pipeline last Friday, also blamed on Iran.
Recently, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of “direct military aggression” against the Kingdom by supplying the Houthis with ballistic missiles.
In a memo requesting the meeting, Saudi Arabia attacked the “sabotage” and “terrorism” of the pipeline fire, which temporarily halted oil supplies from its territory. The memo referred to the fire and the missile attack “in addition to the violations committed by Iran in the Arab region, which undermine security and peace, not only in the Arab region, but around the globe.”
Earlier, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that his country reserved the right to respond to Iran’s “hostile actions.”
Al-Jubeir also said on his Twitter account that Iranian interference in the region harms neighboring countries and international peace and security.
Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top US Air Force official in the Middle East said last Friday.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa also tweeted that Iran was the real danger to the region.
On Saturday, Al-Khalifa blamed Iran for the pipeline explosion.
“The attempt to blow up the Saudi-Bahraini pipeline is a dangerous escalation on Iran’s part that aims to terrorize citizens and to harm the world’s oil industry,” he said.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.