Half a million pay tributes to Prince Saud on Twitter

Updated 14 July 2015
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Half a million pay tributes to Prince Saud on Twitter

JEDDAH: The hashtag (#Saud_Faisal) led the Twitter website with more than 500,000 tweets a few hours after the announcement of his death.

A large number of politicians, celebrities and journalists commemorated Prince Saud Al-Faisal. Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir beseeched God to have mercy on the soul of the prince who will be missed by the Arab and Islamic nation. Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad described his death as a great loss to the nation.
At the local level Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz said Prince Saud was respected even in his death. Fahad Al-Orabi Al-Harithi said: “Saddam Hussein ... didn’t hesitate to say ‘I have never known anyone as clever as Saud Al-Faisal; he made the world stand by me during my war against Iran, and against me when I entered Kuwait'."
Mohammad Al-Areefi prayed for the soul of Saud Al-Faisal. Yasir Al-Qahtani, the football player, commiserated with the nation over the loss of the prince.
Kuwaiti writer Sadiya Mefreh consoled the Saudi and Arab nations for the death of the Prince Saud, saying he was a pillar of Arab diplomacy.
Egyptian journalist Emad Al-Din Adeeb said he was the cleverest man he had ever met, while Ayman Sayyad said Al-Faisal spent 40 years in diplomacy and history; he lived through Camp David, the occupation of Kuwait and the fall of Baghdad then the Arab Spring.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.