Ministry’s appeal: Ignore rumors, maintain peace

Updated 10 March 2013
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Ministry’s appeal: Ignore rumors, maintain peace

Major Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, made an appeal last night to people to maintain peace and harmony in the country and ignore rumors.
Addressing a press conference, Al-Turki said only 2,772 people are behind bars in the Kingdom.
“Some of the people, he said, have been using social networking sites to spread rumors that a large number of Saudis are in prison. The fact is that 2,221 Saudis are currently in prison including those in Buraidah, he explained.
Some people are also spreading rumors about the role of policemen in controlling the protests in Buraidah, he said. “This is not true. Members of a deviant group are trying to spread rumors and mislead the local media about those detained in Qatif and Buraidah.”
He said: “The Ministry of Interior is seriously considering a plan under which the name of any accused person and his criminal profile will be uploaded on to the Internet to be seen by the general public.
A total of 112 people, including 12 women, detained for participating in an illegal gathering in Buraidah have been released on bail, he said.
Officials have also completed procedures for the release of another nine people, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Al-Turki said the Saudi government will not tolerate any violence or protests in Buraidah or elsewhere in the Kingdom. He said that government agencies including the police will do their duty to ensure peace and security in Qassim. A total of 176 people, including 15 women, were arrested last Friday after they staged a sit-in protest outside the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution in the city.
Al-Turki said that the security authorities are currently examining charges against other detainees. He pointed out that protesters were detained after they repeatedly flouted orders from security agencies to maintain peace in the city.
He said that demonstrators were trying to create problems and influence public opinion in the name of those who have been accused of crimes in the past.
The protesters, he said, were demanding the release of several members of “deviant groups” convicted by the courts in Qassim region.
He said that the Kingdom has taken several steps to foil terror plots and tackle organized crime and drug trafficking.
Al-Turki took a group of journalists from Riyadh to Buraidah, where he and senior security officials of Qassim region addressed the press.
According to a report published recently, Saudi women will be recruited by intelligence and security agencies. Priority will be given to students on scholarships abroad who are academically competent and have language skills.
The report said that Saudi women will be allowed to work at the General Directorate of Investigation. The decision was announced by Prince Mohammad bin Naif, the interior minister, to a Saudi delegation attending a career event in the Ottawa recently.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.