Saudi embassy in US warns citizens of hurricane Florence

The storm had winds of around 168 kmph and was moving west-northwest at about 14 kmph. (Shutterstock)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Saudi embassy in US warns citizens of hurricane Florence

DUBAI: The Saudi embassy in the US warned its citizens on Monday of hurricane Florence that is headed towards North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The embassy published a statement in Arabic on the official twitter account, cautioning Saudi nationals in areas where the hurricane is expected to hit, to be “alert” and to “be careful.”

Florence was about 1005 km southeast of Bermuda on the early hours of Monday. The storm had winds of around 168 kmph and was moving west-northwest at about 14 kmph, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The center of the hurricane is expected to approach the southeastern coast of the US on Thursday as a Category 3 storm or higher, according to the hurricane center.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.