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.


Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

Updated 15 min 7 sec ago
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Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

DUBAI: The legitimate government of Yemen has agreed to participate in the peace talks set to be held in Sweden “soon,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said during his opening speech at the Kingdom’s Shoura Council on Monday. 

The Kings statement came hours after a senior leader of the Houthi militia said the group would stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, said the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.
At the time Martin Griffiths told UN Security Council members: “This is a crucial moment for Yemen.”