Security tightened at Saudi Embassy in Iraq

Updated 06 January 2016
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Security tightened at Saudi Embassy in Iraq

RIYADH: Security has been tightened at the Saudi Embassy in Iraq after the attacks on the country’s diplomatic mission in Tehran.

This is according to Thamir bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan, the Kingdom’s ambassador in Baghdad. “Security measures have been further enhanced with the help of the local authorities,” he was quoted as saying by a local publication on Monday.
Al-Sabhan said these were precautionary measures and refuted reports that there had been attacks on the country’s embassy in Baghdad. Work at the mission was continuing as normal. There are more than 50 people working at the embassy including Iraqis, he said.
He said that the Kingdom was working with the Iraqi people to restore peace and security to the region, and fight terrorist groups.
Al-Sabhan was the first ambassador appointed in Iraq after 24 years. The Kingdom closed its embassy in Baghdad in 1991 after Saddam Hussein’s regime invaded Kuwait. Al-Sabhan is a former Saudi military attaché to Lebanon.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq have improved markedly since Haider Al-Abadi took over as prime minister in September 2014.
There have also been reports of the Kingdom strengthening security at its embassy in Lebanon. The embassy’s staff were notified that they should remain indoors to prevent being targeted by supporters of Iran in the country.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.