GCC plans media campaign on Yemen goals

Updated 19 February 2016
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GCC plans media campaign on Yemen goals

RIYADH: The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) information ministers held their third extraordinary meeting here on Thursday to discuss a joint media strategy about the bloc’s objectives in the region, particularly in Yemen.
The meeting was held at the King Salman Airbase Airport under the chairmanship of Adel Al-Toraifi, Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture and information, in the presence of GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani.
Chairing the meeting, Al-Toraifi said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman was keen to see the ministers develop strategies that would serve the people of the region.
He said the meeting was being held to discuss a joint media plan that would highlight the way in which relief efforts in Yemen were being hampered by Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
He said that these groups were disrupting peace efforts by launching ballistic missiles. “These criminal attacks are attacks against all the GCC countries,” he said.
He said that GCC states face many challenges including negative media campaigns, which require a firm response.
“Our responsibility, as ministers of information, in these difficult and critical periods, is to grow and advance our media. We have to address these media campaigns against the GCC states.”
Earlier, Al-Zayani said the meeting would boost media cooperation between the GCC countries. Among those who attended were Bahrain’s Isa bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hammadi, Oman’s Abdul-Moneim bin Mansour Al-Hassani, UAE’s Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Jaber, Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al-Thani, and Kuwait’s Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.