Universities come together to strengthen national unity

Updated 15 October 2015
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Universities come together to strengthen national unity

RIYADH: Coming together with patriotic fervor, 11 universities from across the Kingdom took part in the first women’s symposium on community-based initiatives for Saudi universities and their role in promoting patriotism to strengthen unity and integrity.
The universities took part in the forum organized by Saudi Electronic University (SEU) here at the King Salman Conference Hall of the Ministry of Education on Tuesday to support the national loyalty campaign and promote national belonging as universities are an essential part of the fabric of all nations, imparting the wisdom of past generations to the leaders of the future.
Speaking on the occasion, SEC Rector Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Mousa offered sincere congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif for the recent observation of National Day.
He underlined that universities, besides functioning for academic excellence, also highlight the efforts and work toward the promotion of national identity as a university truly stands for humanism, tolerance, reason, the adventure of ideas and the search of truth to contribute in the onward march of the human race toward ever-higher objectives.
Mousa also urged everyone to attend such an important occasion to strengthen the sense of national belonging to members of the homeland, and keep themselves away from any kind of destructive ideas.
Princess Nora bint Mohammed bin Saud said: “We are proud of our national love of the Kingdom; it has given us so much happiness. We will not forget its virtues as long as we live. It is our duty to respond to this love with loyalty and ideas to enrich the present and open new horizons for the future.”
“It’s a pleasure to gather here and work toward strengthening the national affiliation with such community initiatives of our students and their devotion with real unconditional love for the homeland,” she said.
“With such initiatives to promote unity and integrity, we look forward to learn more about university initiatives and discuss existing ideas, and put forward our aspirations and hopes,” she said thanking the Ministry of Education for organizing this meeting.
Princess Al-Jawhara bint Fahd Al-Saud, former rector of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, stressed on belonging to the homeland, and maintenance and preservation of Islamic values.
She said the university has a key role in shaping, supporting and raising capabilities, and strengthening belonging to the country with a positive impact on students, because youth is considered the real wealth for a nation to achieve scientific and technical progress in the light of global variables, which dominates the world stage today.
She further highlighted the importance of belonging to the homeland as the backbone of national and social security, without which society loses its cohesion, which threatens national security.


Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

Updated 18 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday strongly condemned the targeting of “UN personnel by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen” after cease-fire monitors came under fire.
The attack took place on Thursday in Hodeidah, where a truce agreed in talks in Sweden came into force last month.
The Houthi militia “have violated their signed commitments in Stockholm and continue to flout international law and escalate their aggression against the Yemeni people,” Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Friday.


The UN said one round of small arms fire struck a UN-marked armored vehicle that was part of convoy carrying chief monitor Patrick Cammaert.
The UN monitors arrived in Hodeida — the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imports — on Dec. 23. The UN Security Council this week agreed to expand the force to 75 monitors.