Saudi Arabia condemns ‘ugly’ Israeli aggression

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Cabinet meeting in Jeddah was Chaired by King Slaman. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Cabinet session on Tuesday evening. (SPA)
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King Salman chiared the Cabinet session in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 23 May 2018

Saudi Arabia condemns ‘ugly’ Israeli aggression

  • King Salman, who chaired the session at Al-Salam Palace in the Red Sea city, briefed the cabinet of his call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • The Cabinet also welcomed the decision issued by the Council of the Arab League at its Extraordinary Session at the level of Foreign Ministers held in Cairo

JEDDAH: The first Ramadan session of the Cabinet was held on Tuesday evening at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

King Salman chaired the meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in attendance.

The king briefed the Cabinet about his telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Cabinet condemned what it called the “ugly” aggression of the Israeli occupation forces against unarmed Palestinians. 

The king reiterated Saudi Arabia’s firm position on the Palestinian cause, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Cabinet also welcomed the decision made by the Council of the Arab League at its extraordinary session at the foreign ministers’ level held in Cairo and the final communique issued by the seventh Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, both on the issue of Palestine.

The Cabinet highlighted the contents of the king’s Ramadan speech in which he wished security, stability and peace to Islamic nations and the entire world.

Later, the crown prince made a telephone call to French President Emmanuel Macron. 

The two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in various fields. They also discussed the latest regional and international developments.

Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

Updated 14 November 2018

Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”