Saudi cyclists join Global Biking Initiative for third time

In 2018 the number of participating Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom.
Updated 01 July 2018
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Saudi cyclists join Global Biking Initiative for third time

  • The Saudi cyclists are registered as part of Princess Al-Anoud Charity Foundation initiatives, and will represent the homeland for the third time in this tour.
  • Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom


LONDON: Saudis are joining the Global Biking Initiative on Sunday, from the Swedish city of Gutenberg to Hamburg in Germany.

The bikers will be traveling 800 kilometers with their bicycles representing Saudi Arabia by taking part in this social initiative, according to the state-run news agency.

Hundreds of participants from different countries join the cycling tour during which we they cross multiple countries in one week to raise funds for charities.

The Saudi squad will be presenting their charity project aimed at holding a second scientific campus for Saudi Arabia’s orphans, in collaboration with Benaa Association for Orphans Care in the Eastern Region.

The Saudi cyclists are registered as part of Princess Al-Anoud Charity Foundation initiatives, and will represent the homeland for the third time in this tour.

Ahmad al-Sofan, a representer of the GBI team of Saudi cyclists, said their journey started by creating a page for Saudi Arabia on the initiative website back in 2016, supported by the General Sports Authority in the kingdom.

Al-Sofan said their aim is to increase the number of charity volunteers in Saudi Arabia to one million, to fulfill the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision for development.

In 2016, they started with three cyclists only and in the following year, the number increased to 34. In 2018 the number of participating Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom.

 


Saudi Arabia says halt in arms sales will embolden Iran

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia says halt in arms sales will embolden Iran

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir was speaking after UK suspended issuing new licenses for weapons sales to the Kingdom in response to a court ruling
  • UK government disagrees with the judgement and will seek permission to appeal

LONDON: Halting weapons sales to Saudi Arabia will only benefit Iran, Adel Al-Jubeir said Wednesday, after the British government announced it would suspend issuing new licenses for the sale of arms to the Kingdom.

The UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced the decision in parliament after a court ordered the government to “reconsider” the sales because of their humanitarian impact in Yemen.

Fox said he disagreed with the judgement and would seek permission to appeal.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.

“The decision by the court in the UK has to do with procedures for licensing, not any wrongdoing that took place,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters in London.

“The coalition is an ally of the West and the coalition is fighting a legitimate war at the behest of a legitimate government to stop Iran and its proxies from taking over a strategically important country - so the only beneficiary of a cut-off of weapons to the coalition is going to be Iran.”

The court ruling does not halt Britain's arms exports but means the granting of new licences will be paused.

Leading British defence firm BAE Systems said it would continue to support the UK government “in providing equipment, support and training under government to government agreements between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia is part of the Arab coalition fighting to support the internationally recognized government in Yemen which was driven from the capital Sanaa in 2014 by Iran-backed militants.

Saudi Arabia accounted for 43 percent of Britain's global arms sales in the past decade, Reuters reported.

The legal action against the British government was brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

Meanwhilw, a State Department official said the US must stand with Saudi Arabia as a key security partner, when asked about the Thursday's court ruling in the UK.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper said both the US and Britain had long-standing bilateral ties to Saudi Arabia.
"They are carrying a significant amount of equity to protect US interests and US persons, and it is incumbent upon us to stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners, especially when they are on the front line for our interests," he said.

*With Reuters