UN Security Council praises King Salman’s efforts in Ethiopia, Eritrea peace deal

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (C), Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki pose for the camera during the ceremony to sign a peace agreement in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 16, 2018. (SPA/Reuters)
Updated 22 September 2018
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UN Security Council praises King Salman’s efforts in Ethiopia, Eritrea peace deal

  • Council members welcomed the meeting between the President of Djibouti and his Eritrean counterpart

JEDDAH: The UN Security Council has praised King Salman’s efforts to facilitate the comprehensive peace, friendship and cooperation agreement which was signed by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on Sept. 16 in Jeddah, and the meeting between the President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh and his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki that took place a day later.
Members of the council have welcomed in a statement released on Friday the meeting between the President of Djibouti and his Eritrean counterpart that took place on Sept. 17 in Jeddah, under the patronage of King Salman.
The council members said they hoped the meeting marks a new chapter in relations between Djibouti and Eritrea that will encourage both states to engage in purposeful dialogue.
“These developments represent a historic milestone and have far-reaching positive implications for the Horn of Africa and beyond,” read the statement, quoted by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The statement said the council members were notified of Eritrea and Ethiopia’s commitment to start a new era of peace, friendship and comprehensive cooperation, and their eagerness to promote regional peace and security.


Darah sends atlas of Makkah, holy sites to US, UK

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Darah sends atlas of Makkah, holy sites to US, UK

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has sent Arabic and English copies of the “Illustrated Atlas of Makkah and the Holy Sites” to the British Museum and the US Library of Congress to serve as a resource for scientists and researchers.
The 325-page atlas documents the history of Makkah and the Two Holy Mosques using photos and text, and has served as a research resource since its release 16 years ago. It also features historical writings by Arab and foreign Muslim pilgrims.
As part of its support for projects that serve the history of Islam in general, and the history of Makkah specifically, Darah has made the atlas available on its official website and at book fairs, including the Riyadh International Book Fair.
The publication, co-authored by Dr. Miraj Nawab Mirza and Dr. Abdullah Saleh Shawesh, comprises six units, including Makkah in the eyes of Muslim and Western painters, early photos and illustrations, and the Grand Mosque and Makkah in the days of King Abdul Aziz and his sons.
The atlas also includes a historical supplement on the development of photography since the discovery of the darkroom until the emergence of dry film, which was developed into digital cameras in 1991. SPA Riyadh
The atlas is the first publication to include early illustrations and photos of Makkah, taken by local and international Muslim photographers.
It documents the foundations of the services provided by the modern Saudi state since the reign of King Abdul Aziz, such as paving the roads leading to Makkah, providing water for pilgrims, lighting the Grand Mosque, roofing the Masa’a, making the Kaaba’s Kiswah and door, and constructing the Makkah clock.