Saudi student saves elderly man from drowning, receives honor

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Ahmed Al-Mohimeed received an award from the charge d'affaires of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Australia for saving an elderly man from drowning. (SPA)
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Ahmed Al-Mohimeed received an award from the charge d'affaires of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Australia for saving an elderly man from drowning. (SPA)
Updated 09 February 2018
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Saudi student saves elderly man from drowning, receives honor

CANBERRA: Mishaal bin Hamdan Al-Ruqi, acting charge d’affaires of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Australia, awarded a certificate of appreciation to Ahmed Al-Mohimeed in recognition of the Saudi scholarship student’s courage and his distinguished action when saving an elderly man from drowning.
In his address during the honoring ceremony, Al-Ruqi praised the bravery of the honoree, as well as his dedication and responsible demeanor, which allowed him to rescue an old man in the Aldokland River, Melbourne. The man was near drowning due to a heart attack and was being swept away by the strong current. Al-Ruqi said: “This noble act of chivalry reflects the nobility of the Saudi people, and their dedication to extend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.”
For his part, Al-Mohimeed expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the charge d’affaires for the honor, stressing that his heroic deed incarnates the deeply rooted values and principles of Saudi youth.
The ceremony was also attended by the undersecretary of the Australian Ministry of Education and family members of the Australian man, who extended their thanks and appreciation for the Saudi student’s courageous deed.
Also present were Dr. Hesham Khadawardi, Saudi cultural attache to Australia; Counselor Saad Bin Nasser Al-Asmari; Col. Sami Al Mutairi, military attache; as well as heads of departments and members of the embassy and Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia.


Al-Jubeir: Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, said Saudi Arabia's foreign minister. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Al-Jubeir: Saudi-led coalition ‘working with UN to end Yemen conflict’

  • Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, says Saudi FM
  • Al-Jubeir: Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition is working with UN envoy Martin Griffith to reach a political solution to the conflict in Yemen based on UN Security Council resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of Yemeni national dialogue, the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday. 

“Since day one, we said that the solution… is a political solution, and the solution should lead to the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen,” said Adel Al-Jubeir.

“We support a peaceful solution in Yemen. We support the efforts of the UN envoy for the Yemeni cause,” he added.

“We are committed to providing all humanitarian support to our brothers there. We are also working on the post-war reconstruction of Yemen.” The Kingdom supports the envoy’s efforts to hold negotiations at the end of November, added Al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Yemen, providing more than $13 billion since the start of the conflict, he said.

In contrast, Houthi militias are imposing restrictions on Yemeni cities and villages, leading to starvation, he added. 

They are also seizing humanitarian aid and preventing Yemenis from getting cholera vaccinations, Al-Jubeir said. 

The Houthis fire ballistic missiles indiscriminately at Saudi Arabia, use children as fighters and plant mines across Yemen, he added. 

The Houthis should engage in the political process and respond to the will of the international community to end the war and end the coup against the legitimate government, he said.

Saudi Arabia did not want the conflict in Yemen; it was imposed on the Kingdom, Al-Jubeir added. 

Saudi Arabia worked with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states to develop the Gulf Initiative. 

This led to a transition from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the internationally recognized government headed by current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Kingdom also worked to develop Yemeni national dialogue that led to a Yemeni vision regarding the country’s future.

A new Yemeni constitution was about to be drafted when the Houthis seized much of the country, including the capital. 

Yemen’s legitimate government requested support, and the Saudi-led coalition responded under Article 51 of the UN Charter.