King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

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Updated 10 December 2017
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King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

RIYADH: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for the year-long agenda of the Shoura Council in 2018.
“Elaborate preparations have been made to receive the king on this occasion,” said Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, a member of the Shoura Council on Saturday.
Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will serve as a guideline for the Shoura Council for its discourses next year.”
“The occasion marks the start of the new parliamentary year for the council,” said Al-Khunaizi, while forecasting a number of proposals, decisions, draft legislation, treaties, and foreign policy matters to be discussed and debated in 2018.
Asked broadly about the possible subjects to be covered in the king’s speech, Al-Khunaizi, said: “King Salman is expected to touch on subjects ranging from extremism and terrorism to government’s priorities, the economy, oil, partnerships, and corruption.”
The king, in his address, is also expected to reaffirm the country’s commitment toward peace and stability in the region.
“The king will also give guidelines to the Shoura Council on important issues confronting the nation,” said Al-Khunaizi.
He said that King Salman’s speech may also focus on the country’s priorities in domestic politics and foreign policy as well as the main economic challenges. The king is expected to highlight progress and renew commitment to developing the country’s economy, he added.
Al-Khunaizi said the Shoura Council members are excited about the king’s visit to the council and his speech. “The members will be guided by the king’s speech in all future matters,” said the Shoura member, adding that the Kingdom is marching ahead within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) of 2020.
He said the council has vowed to extend its full cooperation in the implementation of these ambitious plans as envisaged by the Kingdom’s leadership.
Al-Khunaizi said that the current Shoura Council, comprising 150 members including 30 women, will meet on Monday and Tuesday before the king’s address on Wednesday.
The members will review preparations for the king’s visit to the Shoura Council, and also discuss a few subjects during the sessions and one of them is the declaration of bankruptcy by companies and individuals, he said.


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.