Licensed GCC lawyers allowed to practice law in Saudi

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Justice Waleed bin Mohammad Al Samaani. (Screen grab)
Updated 23 January 2018
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Licensed GCC lawyers allowed to practice law in Saudi

JEDDAH: Minister of Justice Waleed Al-Samaani on Monday authorized lawyers from the Gulf states to be allowed to practice law in Saudi Arabia.
The decision included adding an article to the executive regulations of the legal system stating that foreign law firms may not be registered unless each partner is licensed to practice law in the Kingdom. 
Conditions for the new decision stipulate that a lawyer should be a citizen of one of the Gulf Cooperation Council states and be licensed to practice law in their country. The Gulf lawyer’s license issued by his country should be valid and being a resident in Saudi Arabia is not required.
This decision comes in accordance with the directives of the Council of Ministers to review the provisions contained in the executive regulations of the legal system regarding the conditions and restrictions of applicants from the GCC in practicing law to apply full equality of treatment.
Dima Al-Shareef, a Saudi legal counsellor told Arab News: “The approval of Gulf lawyers on the Saudi lawyers’ list will, of course, add a healthy diversity to the profession of law in the Kingdom and will facilitate the procedures of litigation to many Gulf companies located in the Kingdom, thus enhancing their investments in the Kingdom.” 
Najoud Qassem Supervisor of the Judicial Aid Integration Initiative, told Arab News: “It’s important for citizens of the GCC to have some kind of equality by being able to practice their work here in the Kingdom; practicing law in the Kingdom will offer exchange of experiences between the Saudi and Gulf lawyers, as well as partnerships, and it will provide a wider range for more trainees and those wishing to work in the legal profession.”


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 10 min 57 sec ago
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.