Argentina welcomes Crown Prince’s G20 visit

An image grab from a handout video released by the Saudi Broadcast Authority on November 28, 2018 shows Argentinian Foreign Minister Jorge Marcelo Faurie (L) welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at an airport on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. (AFP)
Updated 29 November 2018

Argentina welcomes Crown Prince’s G20 visit

  • Argentine ambassador to Saudi Arabia said the two countries have forged closer ties
  • Marcelo Gilardoni spoke of his country’s preparations for the leaders’ summit, which the Kingdom will host in 2020

RIYADH: A senior Argentine diplomat on Wednesday welcomed the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, expressing his country’s willingness to work closely with Saudi Arabia to maintain momentum in bilateral ties.

Marcelo Gilardoni, the Argentine ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said the two countries have forged closer ties in different sectors. “Our countries have been working closely on increasing bilateral cooperation in different areas such as trade, investment, agriculture, tourism, research and education,” he added.

After a tour that stopped in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Cairo and Tunis, the Crown Prince arrived in Argentina on Wednesday to attend the summit of G20 leaders, which will be opened by Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Friday.

Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Argentina were established back in 1946, Gilardoni pointed out. “Since then, there have been several exchanges of official and state visits, as the ones made to Riyadh by president Raul Alfonsin in 1986 and president Carlos Saul Menem in 1992.

“The then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz visited Buenos Aires in 2000 on the occasion of the inauguration of the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center.”

The envoy spoke about preparations for the summit made by Argentina during its presidency, which began on December 1, 2017. “Since then Argentina held 50 meetings on different governmental levels on 15 different topics … Being Argentina, a federal republic, all the different encounters have been held all over the country, in different cities from north to south, east to west, in order to show Argentina to the world.”

Asked about the agenda of the G20 summit, Gilardoni said that “the G20 presidency of Argentina has mainly focused on education as an asset for future labor, its impact on growth and social and economic inclusion.”

The agenda also includes food security and “the importance of building infrastructure, not only physical, but also digital, in order to make the world more competitive for growth.”

On the question of other countries’ participation in the summit, he noted that “Argentina has invited Chile and the Netherlands to attend the summit, as every year the country which holds the G20 presidency invites countries to attend the meeting at its own discretion.”

He explained that Spain is a permanent invited guest to G20 meetings. “Countries which chair key regional groups – such as the African Union (AU), the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – are generally invited to the summit.”

This year these regional groups will be represented by Rwanda, Singapore and Senegal, respectively. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has also been invited by Argentina for this year’s G20 and is represented by Jamaica.

Saudi Arabia, a member of the G20 group, will host the summit in 2020. Accordingly, the Kingdom will lead the work and the program of the group for that year and head its meetings.

Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

Updated 22 April 2019

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.