Saudi Cabinet lauds relations between Kingdom and the US

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 21 March 2018

Saudi Cabinet lauds relations between Kingdom and the US

RIYADH: The Cabinet looked forward when it met on Tuesday to the results of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s current official visit to the US and his talks with President Donald Trump and senior officials of the US government.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace, the Cabinet lauded the depth of relations between the two friendly countries and their keenness on finding ways to consolidate the ties.
It was also briefed on the results of the official visit paid by Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines and his discussions with senior officials there on bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on current events and developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas. It welcomed the presidential statement issued by the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen, which included a strong condemnation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias targeting the Kingdom with ballistic missiles and their deliberate targeting of civilian areas. The statement also praised the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operation, which was announced by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Cabinet affirmed that the statement reflected the UN’s commitment to solve the conflict in Yemen through political means in accordance with the GCC Initiative, the outputs of the national dialogue and the relevant Security Council resolutions.
It reiterated the Kingdom’s commendation of efforts by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria in issuing a report documenting the serious violations of human rights there. And it reaffirmed the Kingdom’s steadfast stand with international efforts to resolve the crisis in accordance with the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254.
The Cabinet also congratulated President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russia on their re-election for new presidential terms, wishing both presidents and their countries steady progress and prosperity.
Locally, the Cabinet praised the opening of Riyadh International Book Fair under the theme “The book is future of transformation,” which embodies the Kingdom’s constant support for culture and intellectuals, and its keenness on the importance of coping with the Saudi Vision 2030.

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.