Saudi Arabia’s Interior minister officiates ceremony for prisons plan

The initiative aims to promote security and build a strong rehabilitation system for prisoners. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Interior minister officiates ceremony for prisons plan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif announced a strategic plan for the General Directorate of Prisons, during a ceremony held at the Jeddah correctional prison.
The minister was received by the deputy governor of Makkah, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, and the general director of prisons, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Asmari.
Al-Asmari, in an address to the gathering, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their unlimited support toward the directorate and all other security sectors, adding that the prisons’ plan was to promote security and build a strong rehabilitation system for inmates.
After watching a documentary that showcased the prisons’ strategic plan and its components, Prince Abdul Aziz launched several initiatives, including the “Thiqa” (Trust) program — for rehabilitating inmates who still have to serve six months in prison — and the business centers’ initiative to facilitate procedures for inmates charged with defaulting on financial claims. AN Jeddah
Additionally, he oversaw the signing of an agreement between the General Directorate of Prisons and the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to support the establishment of three research seats at three specialized universities, for crime prevention.
A memorandum of understanding was also signed between the General Directorate of Prisons and Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, based on which inmates will be allowed to study at the university and training programs will be organized for the prisons’ staff.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

Updated 18 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

  • The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh
  • An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Iraq's new President Barham Saleh on Sunday on his first official visit to the Kingdom.

The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh, the official Saudi Press Agency said, after the Iraqi leader's arrival in Riyadh following a visit to Iran.

An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman.

There have been several visits in recent months between the two countries as Iraq seeks closer ties with Saudi Arabia as it look to rebuild after the defeat of Daesh.

In October 2017, Saudi Arabian budget airline flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad in 27 years.

Saudi Arabia is keen to develop strong relations with Baghdad to counter Iranian influence in Iraq.