Iranians ‘attacked 12 embassies in 25 years’

Flames rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy after it was stormed by Iranian protesters during a demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on January 2, 2016. (REUTERS/TIMA/Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA/File Photo)
Updated 29 July 2016
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Iranians ‘attacked 12 embassies in 25 years’

JEDDAH: The plot to attack the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad was hatched and supported the Iranian regime, said Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign minister.
Addressing a joint press conference with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov, Al-Jubeir said: “The news coming from the Iranian media indicates that no severe punishment will be meted to the aggressors. This is not strange considering that over 12 embassies were attacked in Iran over the past 25 years with impunity.”
He added: “This is also the case with the recent attacks on the Saudi diplomatic missions. It is clear evidence that the operation was plotted and supported by the Iranian regime.”
Al-Jubeir was answering a question about the investigation into the attacks.
Kamilov said the Kingdom was of the first countries to recognize the independence of Uzbekistan.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.