Saudi efforts to improve education system showcased

Education Minister Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa highlighted the support for education by the Saudi leadership. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2018
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Saudi efforts to improve education system showcased

  • Al-Issa stress the efforts by King Salman and his crown prince for the Saudi education system.

JEDDAH: Saudi Education Minister Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa on Thursday highlighted the great support provided by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to improve the country’s education system.

Al-Issa did so at a meeting of education ministers in Argentina. Participants included education ministers from all G-20 states, as well as those from Singapore, Chile, Jamaica, Spain and the Netherlands.

Participants stressed the need to equip students at all educational levels with the basic skills required to enter the job market. The next meeting will be hosted by Japan, followed by Saudi Arabia. 


Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Updated 14 November 2018
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Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese descent who headed US Central Command — which covers the Middle East — during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.
A California native, Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic, which he did not speak as a child.
Abizaid requires confirmation from the Senate, which would appear likely as the retired four-star general has long enjoyed respect in Washington.