Saudi Arabia delegation head to global renewable energy meeting

A solar plant north of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's delegation will attend the global renewable energy meeting in Abu Dhabi this week. (AFP file photo)
Updated 08 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia delegation head to global renewable energy meeting

  • The Cabinet also approved that the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) to operate, monitor and supervise payment and settlement systems in the Kingdom

JEDDAH: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday approved the Kingdom’s participation in the 9th session of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to be held on Jan. 10-13 in Abu Dhabi. King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) and the Office of Renewable Energy Projects Development at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources will represent Saudi Arabia.
KACARE President Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan will lead the Saudi delegation. The Kingdom joined IRENA on Jan. 29, 2012, and regularly contributes to its various projects especially the Atlas Global Project for Renewable Energy Sources.
The Cabinet reviewed the latest regional and international development and highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure regional and global peace. The meeting also discussed the current situation in Yemen and the Kingdom’s role in supporting the legitimate government of the war-torn country.
The Cabinet condemned the actions of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and its violation of the Stockholm agreement.
It deplored the flagrant violation of international laws committed by the Houthis and the way the group was disseminating false information about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
The Cabinet also condemned the Houthis for disrupting relief efforts and looting aid material and funds provided by donor countries and relief organizations in areas under their control.
In a statement issued to the Saudi Press Agency, Media Minister Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet appreciated the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for recognizing the humanitarian efforts made by the Kingdom.
The Cabinet also approved memorandums of understanding with different friendly countries to boost cooperation in various sectors.
It also approved that in the first phase of its establishment, the Nuclear and Radiological Control Authority shall follow international standards and procedures. The guiding standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency shall serve as the minimum benchmark.
The Cabinet also approved that the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) to operate, monitor and supervise payment and settlement systems in the Kingdom and issue rules, instructions and licenses according to the standards applied by the SAMA in this regard.
The Cabinet also approved various appointments and regulations of various government agencies to ensure their smooth functioning.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”