Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss risk of Iran and Houthis in Yemen

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting in Washington. (AP)
Updated 21 March 2018
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Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss risk of Iran and Houthis in Yemen

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, in talks that covered the Houthi militias, Iranian activity and the humanitarian situation, the White House said.
"On Yemen, the president and the crown prince discussed the threat the Houthis pose to the region, assisted by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps," it said in a statement on Wednesday. "The leaders discussed additional steps to address the humanitarian situation and agreed that a political resolution to the conflict is ultimately necessary to meet the needs of the Yemeni people."
Trump said he is looking forward to welcoming King Salman to Washington.
Just hours after the prince left the White House Tuesday, the US Senate rejected a bipartisan bid designed to withdraw US intelligence and reconnaissance support for the war in Yemen. The bill was defeated and the congress will not limit US military cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war. Senators voted 55-44 to dismiss the bill.
Crown Prince Mohammed also met on Tuesday with Mitch McConnell, the leader of the majority in the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan to discuss bilateral issue and world development.
Later Crown Prince Mohammed met with Republican Senators Dan Sullivan, Tom Cotton, and Lindsey Graham, along with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, in talks which the Saudi embassy said showed the "multidimensional" nature of the Kingdom's relations with the US.


Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

Saudi Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

  • King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6

RIYADH: To mark the National Day, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses, as well as cars distributing gifts among citizens and expats in Riyadh and other cities.
Under the directives of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, more than 28 million text messages are being sent through the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to promote national values.  The move is taken in cooperation with the General Directorate for Scientific and Intellectual Awareness.
Separately, authorities said recently that “King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6.
Commenting on the event, Al-Asheikh praised King Salman for his special care and attention for the competition. Al-Asheikh said the contest it aimed to encourage Muslims to memorize, recite and interpret the holy book. He noted that the ministry has completed its preparations to receive participants for the competition.