Washington ‘committed to defending KSA’

Updated 26 August 2016
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Washington ‘committed to defending KSA’

JEDDAH: US Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized on Thursday that the safety of Saudi Arabia is a high US priority and that the US is committed to defending Saudi Arabia.
Addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir at the Royal Terminal, he said the two sides affirmed their commitment to rebuild Yemen's infrastructure. The two officials expressed their concerns and said efforts must be exerted to end the conflict in Yemen.
Al-Jubeir said: “We have no interest in Yemen… We are just responding to the attacks on our land.” He said the meeting held the day before to discuss Yemen was productive.
“Saudi Arabia has been providing, and will continue to provide, Yemen with humanitarian aid. Saudi Arabia has been the largest contributor of humanitarian aid to Yemen.”
Kerry thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts to find a solution to the Yemeni issue and said that the US and the GCC countries understand very well that “we have to put an end to the Yemen issue as the conflict has lasted for very long and resulted in the displacement of over 2 million Yemenis, food shortages and the increase of food prices by 60 percent since last March.
“Over all, 80 percent of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance,” he said, adding that “we (the US and the GCC countries) must find a way to end the war… and we know that military action is not the solution.”
Kerry added that the US and the GCC states are working alongside Yemenis to have a cease-fire in Yemen; they are also offering the Houthis the chance to hand over heavy weaponry and come to a collective and rational solution that involves a third party.
Both Al-Jubeir and Kerry said that Saudi military action is being taken in defense, since the Houthis have been targeting the Saudi territory with missiles, which resulted in deaths of innocent civilians and destruction of property. 


Saudi Arabian Tourism and Heritage Authority registers 43 archaeological sites

Updated 23 July 2018
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Saudi Arabian Tourism and Heritage Authority registers 43 archaeological sites

  • Saudi Arabia’s General Tourism and Heritage Authority has registered 43 archaeological sites across the Kingdom
  • Among the registered sites are 26 locations in the holy city of Makkah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Tourism and Heritage Authority has registered 43 archaeological sites across the Kingdom during the section quarter of this year.
Among the registered sites are 26 locations in the holy city of Makkah, including Al-Hafaira in the governorate of Al-Taif, and two archaeological sites in the governorate of Al-Jamoom,
It also includes nine in the region of Assir, including a site in the city of Bel Qarn, in south Saudi Arabia, and a location at the Shefa Saad site and several others in Wadi Ne’am in the governorate of Tathleeth.
The Kingdom has announced the registration of 32 archaeological sites during the first quarter of 2018.
The authority has also launched established the national electronic register for the documentation of archaeological and historical sites in the Kingdom.
It allows recording their details electronically so that they can be protected and developed. Through this important national project, the Authority has managed to register 8268 archaeological sites so far in the various regions of the Kingdom.