DiplomaticQuarter: Embassy hosts celebration of Nepal’s National Day in Riyadh

Nepalese Ambassador Dr. Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput with Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar in the capital city. (AN photo)
Updated 04 October 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Embassy hosts celebration of Nepal’s National Day in Riyadh

  • Acknowledging the cooperation between the Kingdom and Nepal in a number of fields, the ambassador said he is happy that the two countries have enjoyed excellent relations

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar was the chief guest at a special celebration of Nepal’s National Day hosted by the Nepalese Embassy.

The event, at the Cultural Palace in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter, began with the national anthems of Nepal and Saudi Arabia. Then Dr. Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput, ambassador of Nepal to Saudi Arabia, welcomed the guests — including senior Saudi officials, diplomats, business leaders, embassy staff and members of the Nepalese community — and highlighted the importance of Nepal’s Constitution Day, which is celebrated as the country’s National Day.

Acknowledging the cooperation between the Kingdom and Nepal in a number of fields, the ambassador said he is happy that the two countries have enjoyed excellent relations since they established diplomatic ties four decades ago, and pledged his commitment to further developing and strengthening the relationship.

Rajput thanked the Saudi government for its support for and cooperation with the socioeconomic development of Nepal. He also emphasized the role of Nepalese workers in the development of Saudi Arabia, along with the contribution they make in supporting the economy in their home country.

During a conversation with the ambassador, Prince Faisal congratulated Nepal and the Nepalese people and expressed his satisfaction with bilateral relations between the two countries.

The embassy also used the occasion to promote Nepal’s tourism industry and culture, handing out brochures to guests. In addition, a documentary about the country’s main tourist attractions was screened, featuring the country’s art, cultural heritage, geographical splendor and adventure-tourism activities. Guests were also able to sample traditional Nepalese food and drink, including organic tea and noodles.


Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

Updated 5 min 32 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

  • Four attackers were killed in failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on Interior Ministry building in Zulfi
  • The Presidency of State Security released identities of the 4 attackers

RIYADH: Thirteen people were arrested after finding plans to execute criminal acts that were targeting the Kingdom’s security, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
The statement published by SPA included the names of the 13 men arrested, in addition to their civil ID numbers.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Presidency of State Security said explosive belts were found during a raid on the house of the Zulfi attackers.
Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on an Interior Ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh on Sunday.
The four terrorists that were killed belonged to Daesh.
The Presidency of State Security released the identities of the four attackers: Abdullah Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Mansour, Samer Abdulaziz Al-Madid and Salman Abdulaziz Al-Madid.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts.
A total of five explosive belts were found, four of which were worn by the perpetrators, and another inside a car. The belts contain detonating keys and grenades with shrapnel-like screws.
Authorities also seized 64 homemade grenades, 61 pipe fittings, of which nine were being processed as pipe bombs, three mobile phones, three pressure cookers ready for detonation, two Kalashnikov machine guns, six pistols, and other various weapons.
They also found four bags (74,900 kg) containing organic fertilizers, along with sets of laboratory glass containers, a number of plastic containers, a package of liquid chemical containers, sulfur-fiber cartons, a homemade explosive detonator and a set of screws that were equipped with shrapnel.
Authorities also seized a set of ATM cards, two national identity cards, SR 228, a number of publications and CD-ROMs with content related to terrorist organization.
The Presidency of State Security said it is continuing to follow up with terrorist elements that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.