Saudi Arabia provided $13bn in support to Yemen since 2014: Arab coalition

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 18 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia provided $13bn in support to Yemen since 2014: Arab coalition

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has provided more than $13 billion in support to Yemen since 2014, the Arab coalition said on Monday.

“We are providing political and humanitarian relief efforts to support the Yemeni people in addition to combating terrorism in Yemen,” coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said.

Speaking in Riyadh, Al-Maliki gave details about a series of successful military operations throughout Yemen. He said specific military operations were continuing in Hadramout province, Saada and other Yemeni areas. The coalition “continues to support the ground operations of the Yemeni National Army toward Maran.”
He also said the Iranian-backed Houthi militia have breached the Stockholm agreement more than 1,400 times, reiterating that the Houthi militia continue to fire ballistic missiles and plant land and sea mines and using Yemeni civilians as human shields.
Al-Maliki said the “coup” and the absence of a legitimate government had led to the rise of terrorist organizations in Yemen.
Al-Maliki said the Houthis had attempted to camouflage ballistic missile launch pads and he presented several videos and photographs of military operations targeting the militants. He also presented examples of Iranian-made weapons used by the Houthis.
The Houthis have lost about 1,000 fighters during the past two weeks, according to the coalition.

 


Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

Updated 21 March 2019
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Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

  • Professor Diaa Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day
  • She also highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain

RIYADH: Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday hosted Dr. Diaa Al-Kaabi, who gave a lecture on the role of culture in Bahrain, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The academic, who is a professor at the University of Bahrain, highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain. She named Muqbel Al-Zukair, and the families of Al-Gosaibi, Al-Bassam, Al-Ajaji, Al-Mashari and others, as pioneers.
She also mentioned the cultural agreement that was signed in 1974 between the Kingdom and Bahrain as the first such agreement signed between the two Gulf states.
Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day. She highlighted major trends in Bahrain’s cultural industry, and the role of societies, theaters and universities, as well as state institutions, in promoting the nation’s culture to an international audience.
She addressed the beginnings of the cultural movement under Sheikh Issa bin Ali, which she considered as the founding of the country’s cultural consciousness. 
It heralded the age of enlightenment in Bahrain, which was part of the modern Arab Renaissance starting from the early nineteenth century, she said.
Al-Kaabi concluded her lecture by stressing that culture, if nurtured, could be a pillar of economic development as it provided many job opportunities and its revenues were high. 
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the fair, which runs until March 23.
A Bahraini pavilion will host 13 cultural events including poetry nights, seminars and children’s programs over the course of the fair. In total, more than 900 global publishing houses are set to participate, with 500,000 books and publications on display, and up to a million visitors expected to attend.