Saudi foreign ministry launches new communication center

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir at the inauguration of the Communication and Media Center. (Photo by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 23 July 2018

Saudi foreign ministry launches new communication center

  • The US sanctions on Iran will become effective after a week as announced by the US State Department

RIYADH: He said the center is working to summarize the Kingdom’s political positions (on different global and regional issues), whether they are related to the UN, the Arab League or bilateral relations and terrorism. 

Al-Jubeir said the center is in contact with Saudi embassies around the world to coordinate efforts among them and to obtain information from these embassies and to provide information to them.

Speaking to Arab News at the launch, he said Saudi Arabia supports all sanctions imposed on Iran due to its support for terrorism, violation of international agreements and its interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

Al-Jubeir blamed the Iranian government for the imposition of sanctions by the international community. 

“Tehran violates Security Council resolution on ballistic missiles and resolutions on supporting terrorism.”

For Iran to maintain normal ties with the international community, he said, Iran must respect international laws, the principle of good neighborliness and should follow the policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries. 

The foreign minister said Iran must abandon its support for terrorism and must stop supplying ballistic missiles to terrorist militias who use these against civilians.

The US sanctions on Iran will become effective after a week as announced by the US State Department. In early August, sanctions will be imposed on Iran targeting its central bank, bullion market and the energy sector.

In the second phase starting in November, sanctions will be reportedly imposed on oil and foreign financial transactions. 


Digital diplomacy

The launch of the CMC in Riyadh is an important milestone. The aim of the center is to establish a worldwide platform in digital diplomacy using 32 languages. 

Ahmed Al-Towayan, the general manager of the center said: “New initiatives will be implemented to use artificial intelligence in relaying our message through media. The best is yet to come, as our country seeks to be the best and will not accept anything less.”

He said with the support of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the center will reach new heights and help disseminate Saudi Arabia’s positive cultural message across the world.

“Through CMC we (will) work to have initiatives of cooperation and communication with other countries globally, which is a part of Vision 2030,” Al-Towayan said.

He said that all employees at the center are Saudis who are competent and have a noble message and goal. 

Shada Mountain: A top attraction in Baha region

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Shada Mountain: A top attraction in Baha region

JEDDAH: The Shada Mountain in Baha region is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the Kingdom, and perhaps in the Middle East, due to its unique geological formation.
The mountain includes caves and grottoes engraved with drawings and inscriptions dating back to more than 3,000 years.
Due to weather conditions in the region, the local rocks offer unique scenery, as many of them resemble the forms of different animals.
Saudi Arabia and its leadership are keen to promote Saudi heritage sites as part of Vision 2030.
This month, Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), ordered the continuation of archaeological excavations at Jarash.
Excavation work will continue with the participation of students from King Khalid University, said Mohammed Al-Umrah, director of the SCTH in the Asir region.

Excavation teams at Jarash have discovered relics as old as 3,000 years.
Jarash, near Abha, is among the most important archaeological sites in Asir province. The site is one of the most important in the history of the Arabian Peninsula.
Recently, SCTH announced the registration of more than 53,000 historical artifacts and relics that it successfully managed to restore from inside and outside the Kingdom.
In 2011, Prince Sultan launched a campaign for retrieving national artifacts, including media and cultural programs and initiatives that aim to enlighten and inform citizens about the value of artifacts and the importance of returning them to the SCTH.