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.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.