Saudi Cabinet backs unified Arab approach to security

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 13 March 2018
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Saudi Cabinet backs unified Arab approach to security

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed the recommendations of the 35th session of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Algeria and its reiteration of the importance of a unified approach to confronting security threats.
It also stressed eliminating the causes of security threats and addressing their effects, especially the challenges associated with intellectual security and combating extremism through social media and websites.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, the Cabinet reviewed the 149th session of the Council of the Arab League at the level of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, commending the decisions of the session on various issues and events in the Arab arena.
The Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the continuing fighting, random bombarding and human rights violations in Eastern Ghouta.
It also condemned the displacement of civilians and deterioration of the humanitarian situation, expressing the Kingdom’s regret over the failure to implement Security Council Resolution No. 2401, which called on all parties to observe a cease-fire for 30 days, and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the needy, stressing that the solution to the Syrian crisis should be political in accordance with the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and the Security Council resolution No. 2254.
The Cabinet was briefed on the outcomes of talks held by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visits to Egypt and the UK.
The Cabinet affirmed that the discussions by the crown prince and the delegation on bilateral cooperation and the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding, embodied the deep relations between Saudi Arabia and the two countries. It would contribute to strengthening relations and enhance security and stability both regionally and internationally.
The Cabinet commended the joint statement issued at the conclusion of the visit to Egypt and the talks that dealt with cooperation between the countries in the political, security, military, cultural, educational, commercial, investment and tourism fields.
The Cabinet commended the launch of the Saudi-British Strategic Partnership Council as a mechanism for dialogue to enhance the bilateral relationship, including on the economy, defense, security, humanitarian aid, and regional and international issues.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.