Saudi Arabia reaffirms role of youth in promoting global peace

Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. (AP)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia reaffirms role of youth in promoting global peace

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi addressed a symposium at the UN’s New York headquarters on Thursday.
The symposium was organized by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), as part of the UN’s celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Al-Mouallimi expressed the Kingdom’s focus on supporting youth, and of protecting young people from exposure to extremism in any form. He noted how Vision 2030 is geared toward establishing an ambitious country based on its youth, which currently makes up 70 percent of Saudi’s population.
As one of the founder members of the UN, the Kingdom has made concerted efforts to achieve global peace and security, and to enhance understanding and harmony between different religions and cultures, Al-Mouallimi stressed.
The Saudi envoy explained that the remarkable technological development that marks the current era has greatly contributed to cultural exchange and enrichment. “We have become more interactive, with social media creating new global communities,” he said, adding that almost 60 percent of the Kingdom’s population use social media platforms.
Those platforms, he said, enable the exchange of ideas and enhance users’ knowledge of different countries and cultures — something that will help foster acceptance and, Al-Mouallimi claimed, “bolster the spirit of sustainable development.”
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia has launched a series of initiatives and programs aimed at young people to enrich their knowledge, foster dialogue and refute extremist ideology.


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sponsors military graduation ceremony

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sponsors military graduation ceremony

JEDDAH: Makkah’s Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz on Monday sponsored the 15th graduation ceremony of the King Abdullah Air Defense College on behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
It was attended by Air Defense Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Mazyad bin Sulaiman Al-Amro. Maj. Gen. Abdullah bin Mohammed Mishary, commander of the college, welcomed Prince Abdullah and the other attendees.
“The crown prince’s sponsorship is a clear indication of his support to the graduates as he shares their joy of graduating and joining the fields of pride, dignity and honor as part of the Saudi Armed Forces,” Mishary said in his speech.
“In particular, they will be taking part in the Air Defense Forces and the Strategic Missile Force, which has become a source of pride for Saudis and a force armed with knowledge, faith and modern weapons under the generous support of King Salman and his crown prince,” Mishary added.
“This year’s graduates include a number of students from fraternal and friendly states… They grew in education and knowledge through the latest education and training techniques under the supervision of distinguished Saudi teachers and trainers,” he said.
“The excellent training helped the graduates acquire the skills that qualify them to be leaders armed with education and faith, so they can defend the homeland and gain this great honor.”
Mishary congratulated the graduates and wished them good luck in their professional life, telling them that “the journey of giving goes on as long as one is faithful to his religion, leadership and homeland.”
The graduates presented a military parade, after which they took the oath. At the end of the ceremony, Prince Abdullah honored outstanding students and received a gift.