KSA, US sign deal on combating human trafficking

President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban delivers a speech before the UN Human Rights Council as the during the Universal Periodic Review on November 5, 2018 in Geneva. (AFP)
Updated 20 November 2018
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KSA, US sign deal on combating human trafficking

  • Al-Aiban praised the constructive cooperation with the United States

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the Human Rights Commission, signed in Riyadh a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in the US Department of State.
The MoU was co-signed by the President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Ambassador-at-Large John Cotton Richmond.
Al-Aiban praised the constructive cooperation with the US, stressing the Kingdom’s keenness and continuous efforts to expand international cooperation in combating this crime.
The MoU also aims to strengthen national capacities by providing expertise and technical consultations in the field of combating people-trafficking crimes and developing the capabilities of the workers.


Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US.
The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read.
Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.”