Saudi Arabia: No evidence shows it had a hand in 9/11 attack

Plaintiffs lack evidence despite a new law by Congress enabling claims against Saudi Arabia, lawyers said. (Reuters)
Updated 04 January 2018
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Saudi Arabia: No evidence shows it had a hand in 9/11 attack

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s lawyers say a judge should reject a New York lawsuit by victims of the Sept. 11 attacks trying to hold the Kingdom to blame.
The lawyers said in a Manhattan federal court filing Thursday the plaintiffs lack evidence despite a new law by Congress enabling claims against Saudi Arabia. Other lawsuits against Saudi Arabia were rejected before Congress passed a 2016 law allowing the litigation.
The lawyers wrote that Congress “did not license plaintiffs to proceed against Saudi Arabia without plausible allegations and competent evidence to support their case.” The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages.
Fifteen of 19 men who hijacked four planes in the 2001 attacks were Saudis.
The 9/11 Commission report found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” the attacks Al-Qaeda masterminded.


Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.