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.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”