Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militias

Saudi Arabia says a firm stand against Iranian-backed Houthi militias is required. (AFP)
Updated 25 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militias

  • Saudi Arabia told UN Security Council that action is required against the Iran-backed militia

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stand against Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

The appeal during a session of the UN Security Council came after Houthi terrorists used ballistic missiles and drones laden with explosives to target populated areas in the Kingdom.

Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, acting permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, told delegates that the actions of the militias were a flagrant violation of international and humanitarian law and relevant Security Council resolutions.

During his address, Manzlawiy said 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s adoption of its resolution 1265 to protect civilians in armed conflict, which served to reinforce the Kingdom’s push for the international community to adopt a unified and comprehensive approach to shielding civilians from fighting.
 


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.