Saudi Border Guards thwart attempts to smuggle hashish

Updated 23 April 2018
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Saudi Border Guards thwart attempts to smuggle hashish

  • 32 of the arrested suspects were Ethiopians
  • Border guards will stand resolutely against any attempt to smuggle illegal drugs: spokesman

JEDDAH: Saudi Border Guards in the southern region have foiled several attempts to smuggle more than 416 kg of hashish and arrested 34 smugglers.

The Border Guards’ spokesman, Col. Saher Al-Harbi, said that 32 of the arrested suspects were Ethiopians, a Yemeni and a Saudi. He added that this comes within the framework of the Border Guards’ efforts to confront criminal networks that smuggle narcotic substances.

Earlier, Al-Harbi said border guards will stand resolutely against any attempt to smuggle illegal drugs and will protect against all attempts to undermine the security and stability of the Kingdom.

Last month, the German Federal Police organized training for 11 Saudi women working at the General Directorate of Border Guards.

Al-Harbi said development and training of women in the Border Guards was part of a global skills program that included protection and personal security, self-defense, identity verification, search and confiscation, anti-smuggling strategies, forgery and counterfeiting, and first aid. 


Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

Updated 23 July 2019
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Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

RIYADH: The rector of the Islamic University of Brussels hailed Saudi efforts to promote moderate Islam, reject extremism, fight against terrorism, serve the religion and its followers, and respond to aberrant ideologies that have harmed the Muslim world.

Dr. Mustafa Khader Donmez also praised the programs carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

“The Kingdom has established specialized scientific, educational and media institutions, called for the unity of the Islamic nation, and cooperated with all that strengthens the nation’s unity and preserves its security,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been holding conferences inside and outside the Kingdom, to which it invited scholars and specialists, in cooperation with regional and international bodies to promote Islamic tolerance and address the causes of extremism and terrorism.”

Donmez said the Kingdom has invited Islamic institutions and international bodies to implement programs and events that fight extremism and condemn terrorism.

“The Kingdom is keen to promote international peace and communication between cultures and the followers of different religions through calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, a domain in which the Kingdom has been a pioneer,” he added.

Saudi Arabia “has taken the lead in spending for this purpose as it is in line with its high status on the Islamic and international levels,” he said. SPA Riyadh