Saudi crown prince meets Yemeni MPs including new speaker in Riyadh

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the newly elected speaker of the Yemeni parliament in Al-Yamama Palace, Riyadh. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met MPs from the Yemeni parliament, which convened in April in eastern Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 30 April 2019
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Saudi crown prince meets Yemeni MPs including new speaker in Riyadh

  • Yemeni delegation included Sultan Al-Burkani, who was recently elected speaker of the parliament
  • Yemen's House of Representatives met for the first time in more than four years in April in the east of the country

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday with members of the Yemeni parliament.

The reception came just weeks after a rare convening of the House of Representatives on Yemeni soil attended by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Prince Mohammed shook hands with several members at Al-Yamama Palace including Sultan Al-Burkani, who was elected speaker during the session on 13 April held in Sayun, Hadramout province.

The crown prince welcomed the delegation and wished for their success in serving Yemen and its people. 

Al-Burkani thanked King Salman, the crown prince, and the Saudi government and people for their “sincere brotherly support.”

He also thanked the countries participating in the Arab Coalition in support of Hadi’s internationally recognized government, which has fought a more than four year war against the Houthi militia after they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.

Al-Burkani is a member of the General People’s Congress, the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed by the Iran-backed Houthis in December 2017. The General People’s Congress holds the most seats in the parliament.

The session this month was the first since the conflict started when Hadi was forced to flee Sanaa, and base the government in Aden in the south.

More than 130 members of the 301-seat assembly attended.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 July 2019
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.