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.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.