KSA denounces Bahrain blasts

Updated 13 November 2012

KSA denounces Bahrain blasts

RIYADH: The Council of Ministers yesterday denounced last week’s terrorist attack in Manama killing a number of innocent people, and reiterated the Kingdom’s solidarity with Bahrain.
“Saudi Arabia reaffirms its total solidarity with Bahrain and its people in confronting violence and terrorism that go against the teachings of Islam,” the Cabinet said. The apparently coordinated string of five explosions in Manama came less than a week after Bahrain banned all protest gatherings in attempts to quell the deepening unrest in the kingdom. More than 55 people have been killed in Bahrain's unrest since February 2011.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who chaired the meeting, welcomed the new Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif to the Cabinet and wished him success.
The king thanked the Almighty for the successful completion of this year’s Haj and commended all government departments for the good work.
Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said the Cabinet congratulated King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman on the success of this year’s Haj operation. Nearly four million faithful from the Kingdom and other parts of the world performed Haj in a spiritual and peaceful atmosphere without any major incident.
The Cabinet also praised the king for his message to pilgrims, in which he urged the UN to condemn the abuse of divine religions and prophets.
Khoja said the Cabinet reviewed the latest regional and global developments, most importantly the situation in Syria and the latest developments on the Palestine issue.
The Cabinet backed the agreement reached by the Syrian opposition groups in Qatar to oust the regime of Bashar Assad and set up the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.
The Cabinet meeting commended the measures taken by the Justice Ministry to speed up judicial procedures under King Abdullah Program to Upgrade Judicial Facilities.
The Cabinet approved the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands and the State of Tuvalu with a representative (non-resident ambassador) and authorized the foreign minister to sign the protocols.
The Cabinet approved the customs cooperation agreement between the Kingdom and Jordan, signed in Amman on Oct. 19, 2011.
Khoja said the Cabinet approved the bylaw for private family guidance centers that would contribute to family stability. Such centers should obtain a license from the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The Cabinet appointed Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Qirnas undersecretary of the Youth Welfare Presidency for sports affairs; Salman bin Mohammed Namshan director general at the main office of Youth Welfare in Riyadh; Ibrahim bin Ahmad Al-Wazan head of Public Notary Office at the Ministry of Justice; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Miejel director general of the Water and Electricity Minister’s office; and Mohammed bin Saud Al-Khimshi director general of administrative and financial affairs at Dar Al-Ifta.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.