Saudi-Japan health care team focuses on diabetes and cancer

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Dr. Mohammed K Alabdulaali, left, and Michihiro Hazumi.
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The Japanese delegation and Saudi officials.
Updated 13 February 2018
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Saudi-Japan health care team focuses on diabetes and cancer

RIYADH: The Saudi-Japan Healthcare Forum concluded on Monday with a focus on the treatment of diabetes and cancer with joint efforts between the two countries.

Local and foreign medical specialists in diabetes, oncology, endoscopy, and surgeries were present to exchange their experiences.

Speaking to Arab News, Michihiro Hazumi, leader of the Japanese delegation, said his country’s mission is to learn from the Saudi experience in the relevant fields and explore cooperation in areas where joint efforts are needed.

He said that the meeting was a follow-up to King Salman’s visit to Tokyo, during which he met the Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe.

He also said his country is ready to lend its cooperation in the medical fields under the Saudi Vision 2030.

Dr. Mohammed K Alabdulaali, assistant deputy minister for hospital services, told Arab News that the forum was the outcome of a meeting between the health ministers of the two countries where they decided to identify new areas of cooperation in treating non-communicable diseases and exchanging training programs.

He pointed out that diabetes is a disease that needs special attention in preventing as well as treating such patients.

The incidence of diabetes remains high in the Kingdom and it can be controlled, he said, urging people to be mindful of diseases that attack them due to rich foods, lack of exercise and lack of rest.

The forum witnessed a number of workshops and scientific lectures presented by the Saudi and Japanese sides, including an overview of medical emergency in Japan, emergency life-saving technicians and medical measures adopted against disaster.


Saudi Arabia announces Khashoggi’s death, Trump calls it ‘good first step’

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Saudi Arabia announces Khashoggi’s death, Trump calls it ‘good first step’

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US response.

“Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable,” Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, “It's a big first step. It’s only a first step, but it’s a big first step.”

Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.

Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.

“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.

Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.

Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.

King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.

Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.

A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.

(With AP)