Trump, May condemn Houthi missile attack against Riyadh in call with King Salman

King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 21 December 2017

Trump, May condemn Houthi missile attack against Riyadh in call with King Salman

JEDDAH: The leaders of Britain and the US have condemned Tuesday’s thwarted Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital.
In separate calls on Wednesday with King Salman, US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May denounced the launch of a missile by the Yemeni Houthi militia towards Riyadh. President Trump stressed that the US stands with the Kingdom in confronting threats to its national security.
King Salman also discussed with Trump the UN resolution holding the Iranian regime accountable for its aggressive actions and for supplying the Houthis with missiles.
Theresa May meanwhile assured King Salman of the UK’s keenness on the security of the Kingdom and the region, and the need to alert the international community to the destructive role of the Iranian regime, which is a threat to peace and stability in the region, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
On the war in Yemen, King Salman and Trump stressed the need to support all relief and humanitarian operations to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis.

 
 


Afghan president praises OIC for promoting peace

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds talks with OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 4 min 37 sec ago

Afghan president praises OIC for promoting peace

  • Deal signed to establish 100-bed cardiac center in Kabul

JEDDAH: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, in Jeddah on Sunday. Ghani praised the role of Saudi Arabia and of King Salman in hosting the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan 2018, in Makkah in 2018.
He also noted the continuous support provided by the OIC for his country and its active role in promoting peace and security.
Ghani said his country sought to develop ties with the OIC to carry out cultural and social projects to combat extremism, hatred and terrorism.
Al-Othaimeen reiterated the organization’s commitment to promoting peace, security, stability and development in Afghanistan.
He also praised the role of the Afghan government in combatting extremism and fighting terrorism, and condemned the recent bombings in the capital Kabul.  
Meanwhile, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Afghan Ministry of Finance signed an agreement to establish and equip a 100-bed cardiac center in Kabul to provide high-quality cardiac health services in Afghanistan, in addition to establishing four integrated rural health care centers to improve access to primary health care services in four Afghan provinces.
The agreement was co-signed by the president of the IDB, Dr. Bandar Hajjar, and the Afghan minister of finance, Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi.
Each of the four rural health care centers will provide a wide range of services in an area of up to 60,000 people. The total cost of the project is $24.84 million based on the preliminary estimates provided by the late King Abdullah’s Fael Khair Program, run by the IDB.
After signing the agreement, Hajjar met with Ghani and discussed ways to develop relations between the two sides.
Ghani spoke of his country’s economic assets, which chiefly depend on agriculture, emphasizing that the IDB’s support for agricultural value chains in Afghanistan is important for developing agricultural production and moving it from the stage of exporting raw materials to exporting products.
Hajjar briefed the Afghan president on the efforts of IDB to improve production and productivity in its member countries.