World faces ‘urgent’ war on terror, Saudi envoy tells UN 

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi Saudi ambassador to the UN
Updated 04 April 2019

World faces ‘urgent’ war on terror, Saudi envoy tells UN 

  • Al-Mouallimi highlighted the Kingdom’s “resolution to combat all terrorist crimes and violence based on religion or belief.”

NEW YORK: Combating the extremist ideologies that fuel terror and militant violence is one of the world’s most urgent challenges, Saudi Arabia told the UN.

In a speech to the General Assembly, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, highlighted the Kingdom’s resolve “to combat all terrorist crimes and violence based on religion or belief.”

Al-Mouallimi also condemned the “despicable and disgraceful terrorist act that claimed the lives of innocents” in an attack on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand.

“Despite the pain we are suffering from this heinous crime, we stand with respect for the New Zealand people and government. Their feelings have been filled with love, sympathy and cohesion,” he said. “We also salute the Muslims of New Zealand who received these feelings with a mutual love that transcends the wounds and affirms the tolerance of Islam.”

Saudi Arabia is confronting terrorist ideology and activity at local, regional and international levels, Al-Mouallimi said.

The Kingdom is working to investigate the root causes of extremism and has developed a security strategy based on three elements — prevention, rehabilitation and care.

Al-Mouallimi urged social networking sites and platforms to reject hate speech and to ensure that publishers of extremist messages are brought to justice.

“The virtual world cannot be a haven for terrorists and fanatics,” he said. “Freedom of expression must respect all human beings.

He added: “If we want to defeat terrorism, we must all believe that any terrorist threat to any country is a threat to all our countries.

“We must go beyond the narrow view of our interests (and realize) that terrorism does not belong to race, religion or nationality, but belongs to hatred and denial of the other.”

Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019

Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.