King Salman arrives in Qassim region

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King Salman arrives in Qassim region. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also arrived in Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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King Salman arrives in Qassim region. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left Riyadh to journey to Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left Riyadh to journey to Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman departed Riyadh for Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left Riyadh to journey to Qassim region on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 07 November 2018
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King Salman arrives in Qassim region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Qassim region on Tuesday as part of a widespread tour of the Kingdom and its regions.

The king was received at Qassim airport by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Faisal bin Meshaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, governor of Qassim region.

King Salman is to launch and set the foundation stone of more than 600 projects in the province, Emir of Qassim region, Prince Faisal bin Meshal bin Suood bin Abdel Aziz said.

The projects include the fields of development, education, housing, roads, environment, water and electricity, as well as public services and governmental economic projects, worth more than SR16 billion.

Qassim is the first stop on a tour of several regions of the Kingdom, where King Salman is to launch several health, education and infrastructure projects and initiatives.

The king also ordered the release of all prisoners who are jailed on financial charges in Qassim region, after saying that citizens jailed on financial charges, and not criminal charges, were to be released.

The order applies to those whose debts do not exceed SR1 million and have been proven to be financially unable. King Salman also ordered the payment of their dues.

 


Saudi Arabia says halt in arms sales will embolden Iran

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia says halt in arms sales will embolden Iran

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir was speaking after UK suspended issuing new licenses for weapons sales to the Kingdom in response to a court ruling
  • UK government disagrees with the judgement and will seek permission to appeal

LONDON: Halting weapons sales to Saudi Arabia will only benefit Iran, Adel Al-Jubeir said Wednesday, after the British government announced it would suspend issuing new licenses for the sale of arms to the Kingdom.

The UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced the decision in parliament after a court ordered the government to “reconsider” the sales because of their humanitarian impact in Yemen.

Fox said he disagreed with the judgement and would seek permission to appeal.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.

“The decision by the court in the UK has to do with procedures for licensing, not any wrongdoing that took place,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters in London.

“The coalition is an ally of the West and the coalition is fighting a legitimate war at the behest of a legitimate government to stop Iran and its proxies from taking over a strategically important country - so the only beneficiary of a cut-off of weapons to the coalition is going to be Iran.”

The court ruling does not halt Britain's arms exports but means the granting of new licences will be paused.

Leading British defence firm BAE Systems said it would continue to support the UK government “in providing equipment, support and training under government to government agreements between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia is part of the Arab coalition fighting to support the internationally recognized government in Yemen which was driven from the capital Sanaa in 2014 by Iran-backed militants.

Saudi Arabia accounted for 43 percent of Britain's global arms sales in the past decade, Reuters reported.

The legal action against the British government was brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

Meanwhilw, a State Department official said the US must stand with Saudi Arabia as a key security partner, when asked about the Thursday's court ruling in the UK.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper said both the US and Britain had long-standing bilateral ties to Saudi Arabia.
"They are carrying a significant amount of equity to protect US interests and US persons, and it is incumbent upon us to stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners, especially when they are on the front line for our interests," he said.

*With Reuters