UN team to visit KSA to discuss Yemen

Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of the Kingdom in the UN
Updated 17 August 2016
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UN team to visit KSA to discuss Yemen

JEDDAH: A UN delegation is expected to visit Saudi Arabia by the year-end to get more information on the military operations in Yemen, said the Saudi envoy to the UN.
The Kingdom has provided the UN all necessary information about the military operations in the neighboring country, Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of the Kingdom in the UN said.
“The Arab alliance is taking precautions to prevent civilians, particularly children, from being targeted,” he added.
Al-Mouallimi said that the Houthis are using children in war and that most of its soldiers are children.
Abdul Malik Al-Mikhlafi, Yemen’s foreign minister and head of the Yemeni government delegation in Kuwait talks, has accused the UN in the past of addressing the Houthi rebels as officials, which is against the UN resolution 2216.
He said that instead of trying to pave the way for implementation of the resolution, which candidly condemns activities of Houthis in general and its violations of children's rights in Yemen in particular, the UN is now condemning the Arab alliance.
He said that the Houthis have violated childhood in Yemen in more than a way. It not only recruited them as soldiers, it has also killed them in Saada and Sanaa. “Unfortunately, the UN did not condemn the Houthis and their activities clearly in its latest report, although it has condemned it in the past. Instead, it has added the name of the Arab alliance to the list.”
He said the UN is not communicating in all regions of Yemen, including its temporary capital Eden. “It is also not communicating with civil and government organizations in Taiz. It is just depending on Houthi activists and revolutionaries in the capital Sana,” he added.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.