British MP Vaz lauds KSRelief activities

Visiting British legislator Keith Vaz holds talks with KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in Riyadh. (Photo courtesy KSRelief).
Updated 08 December 2017
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British MP Vaz lauds KSRelief activities

RIYADH: A visiting British MP praised the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for helping refugees worldwide, including in Yemen.
Keith Vaz made the statement at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh after meeting on Wednesday with its General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.
Vaz said KSRelief’s activities in Yemen and Djibouti are highly commendable, and he thanked King Salman for his support in helping the needy.
Al-Rabeeah told Vaz that KSRelief has helped 38 countries, and is carrying out several projects in Yemen to help women and children.
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told Vaz that his warning in September 2012 to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron about Iranian interference in Yemen had come true.
Hadi praised the efforts of Vaz, who was born in Aden, in promoting Yemeni-UK relations.
Vaz hailed Hadi’s efforts in serving Yemen, and invited him to visit the UK and address Parliament.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi told Vaz that the ongoing conflict “was not the choice of the government, but imposed by the rebels who sabotaged the political process, invaded cities, killed and displaced thousands of people, and rounded up thousands of others.”
The internationally recognized Yemeni government has responded positively to all UN peace proposals, but the rebels have undermined those initiatives, Al-Mekhlafi added.
 


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

Updated 18 November 2018
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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.