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.


King Salman meets British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt

Updated 12 November 2018
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King Salman meets British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt

  • Hunt, who is also expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met the King in Riyadh
  • The minister said he would discuss the war in Yemen where Britain is supporting fresh UN efforts for peace talks

RIYADH: King Salman held talks with British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Monday to discuss the latest developments in the region. 

Hunt, who is also expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met the King in Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency said.

The minister said he would discuss the war in Yemen where Britain is supporting fresh UN efforts for peace talks.

“Britain has a unique position, both as pen-holder at the UN Security Council and as a key influencer in the region, so today I am traveling to the Gulf to demand that all sides commit to this process,” Hunt said. He also said he would discuss the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Earlier, Hunt met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

Hunt’s visit comes after British undersecretary for foreign affairs Simon McDonald held talks with Prince Mohammed and Jubeir in Riyadh.

During his Gulf tour, Hunt will also meet Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar and Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani.

* With AFP