Saudi Arabia urges UN to address Houthi weapon stockpiles

Houthis have have used drones to try to target Saudi civilians. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia urges UN to address Houthi weapon stockpiles

  • Committing such hostile acts is an attempt to provoke coalition forces to carry out military operations in Hodeidah, said the Saudi envoy

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has called upon the UN Security Council (UNSC) to disarm Houthi militias in Yemen by targeting their munitions depots and stockpiles.

The request came in a letter sent by the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, to the president of the UNSC and to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, illustrating the pressure ongoing Houthi aggression was bringing to the conflict.

In the letter, Al-Mouallimi said: “Saudi air defenses discovered two remote-controlled drones flying toward civilian targets over Khamis Mushayt on April 2. As a result of intercepting them, debris hit two civilian areas, injuring 5 civilians, including a woman and a child, in addition to damaging houses and vehicles.

“The ongoing attempts by Houthi militias, supported by Iran, to target Saudi civilians and facilities through unmanned aerial vehicles and remote-controlled explosives launched from Hodeidah, at a time when we are committed to the cease-fire in the city as stipulated in the Stockholm Agreement, represents a provocative attempt by the militias. Committing such hostile acts is an attempt to provoke coalition forces to carry out military operations in Hodeidah.”


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

Updated 19 April 2019
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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.