KSA emerges as a major player on world stage

Updated 18 November 2015
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KSA emerges as a major player on world stage

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is a major player in the global economy, a senior economist following the G-20 summit, which concluded in Antalya on Monday, observed.
Osama Kurdi, former Shoura Council member, said Saudi Arabia under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has become a major player in the world economy by supporting the economic policies of the major countries in the world.
“Despite the contributions made by various global bodies such as WTO, UN and OPEC, G-20 has begun to play an important role not only in the economic field but also in the political field,” Kurdi said.
The Kingdom has joined the summit in fighting against terrorism, creating job opportunities and developing SMEs which is the need of the hour, he noted.
By virtue of the wise policies of King Salman, he said the Kingdom is marching toward a prosperous economic goal to achieve peace, security and political stability in the region.
Musad Al-Zayani, Dubai-based Saudi journalist who is currently covering the G-20 Summit, told Arab News that King Salman’s speech at the summit was well received by the delegates.
He said that the king strongly condemned all forms of terror and also admitted that the Kingdom has been a victim of terrorism for several years.
The journalist welcomed the suggestion made by King Salman that quick solutions must be found for the problems in Syria, Palestine and Yemen.
He pointed out that its a magnanimous gesture on the part of the king to call for support of the Syrian refugees irrespective of the countries of displacement.
“We are a major player in the global oil industry,” the journalist said, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has the key to any problems in the petrochemical industry by virtue of its oil reserves and massive oil production.
The king, Al-Zayani said, has a clear vision to promote SME’s in the Kingdom which would create job opportunities for the youth and eventually take the economy to new heights.
Prominent Saudi writer Mohsin Hassan Al-Sheikh said the people in the Kingdom are very happy that King Salman has unreservedly condemned terrorism by joining the world community at the G-20.
Although they try to give an Islamic color to their actions, terrorists have no religion and they are criminals involved in destructive work. Under the leadership of King Salman, he said that the Kingdom will provide an effective fight against terror so that people in the region, as well as in other parts of the world, can live in peace and prosperity.
King Salman, who was leading the Saudi delegation at the G-20 summit, met with foreign leaders gathered on Sunday and discussed with them developments in the region and the summit agenda.
The members of the G-20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
Saudi Arabia has a special place as a G-20 member given its role in global energy security and heavy-weight economic status in the region — it is the only country from the Middle East and Arab world represented in the G-20.


Preachers of Hate: Arab News launches series to expose hate-mongers from all religions

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Preachers of Hate: Arab News launches series to expose hate-mongers from all religions

  • Daesh may be defeated, but the bigoted ideas that fueled their extremism live on
  • Campaign could not be more timely, with a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes since Christchurch attacks

RIYADH: Dozens of Daesh militants emerged from tunnels to surrender to Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a day after their “caliphate” was declared defeated.

Men filed out of the battered Daesh encampment in the riverside village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks. “They are fighters who came out of tunnels and surrendered today,” Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Jiaker Amed said. “Some others could still be hiding inside.”

World leaders hail Saturday’s capture of the last shred of land controlled by Daesh in Syria, but the top foreign affairs official for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region warned that Daesh captives still posed a threat.

“There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community,” Abdel Karim Omar said. “Numbers increased massively during the last 20 days of the Baghouz operation.”

 While the terrorists have a suffered a defeat, the pernicious ideologies that drive them, and the hate speech that fuels those ideologies, live on. For that reason Arab News today launches Preachers of Hate — a weekly series, published in print and online, in which we profile, contextualize and analyze extremist preachers from all religions, backgrounds and nationalities.

In the coming weeks, our subjects will include the Saudi cleric Safar Al-Hawali, the Egyptian preacher Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the American-Israeli rabbi Meir Kahane, the Yemeni militia leader Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, and the US pastor Terry Jones, among others.

The series begins today with an investigation into the background of Brenton Tarrant, the Australian white supremacist who shot dead 50 people in a terrorist attack 10 days ago on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tarrant is not just a terrorist, but is himself a Preacher of Hate, author of a ranting manifesto that attempts to justify his behavior. How did a shy, quiet boy from rural New South Wales turn into a hate-filled gunman intent on killing Muslims? The answers may surprise you.

Our series could not be more timely — anti-Muslim hate crimes in the UK have soared by almost 600 percent since the Christchurch attack, it was revealed on Sunday.

The charity Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents, said almost all of the increase comprised “language, symbols or actions linked to the Christchurch attacks.”

“Cases included people making gestures of pointing a pistol at Muslim women and comments about British Muslims and an association with actions taken by the terrorist in New Zealand,” the charity said.

“The spike shows a troubling rise after Muslims were murdered in New Zealand,” said Iman Atta, director of Tell MAMA. “Figures have risen over 590 percent since New Zealand in comparison to the week just before the attack.