King Salman: World must confront 'dangerous scourge' of terrorism

Updated 24 March 2016
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King Salman: World must confront 'dangerous scourge' of terrorism

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Tuesday stressed the need for joint global efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism as he condoled with Belgium after the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels.
In a cable of condolences to King Philippe of Belgium, King Salman said: “We learned with grief about the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels which resulted in casualties and injuries. As we strongly condemn these criminal acts, we, on behalf of the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, condole Your Excellency, the families of the victims and the brotherly people of Belgium.”
“We stress the importance of international efforts to confront and eliminate this dangerous scourge which is condemned by all divine religions and international norms and conventions,” he further said.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and 
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the second deputy premier and minister of defense, also sent messages of condolences to King Philippe. 
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)  and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) composed of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar also condemned the attacks, “which violate the sanctity of human life.” 
Saudi Embassy oficials in Brussels advised citizens to be alert and avoid public places and congested areas. It urged them to avoid public arguments and contact the embassy in case of any emergency. It advised the Saudis to postpone travel plans.


Arab forum on meteorology to begin in Jeddah

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Arab forum on meteorology to begin in Jeddah

  • Forum to tackle weather forecasting and warnings, and distribution of climate information and news

JEDDAH: To mark World Meteorological Day, a special conference will on Sunday be opened in Saudi Arabia under the theme “atmospheric phenomena and the role of media in society.”
Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi, president of the Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, will inaugurate the Arab Forum for Meteorology and Media being staged at the Casablanca Grand Hotel in Jeddah.
The ceremony will be attended by officials and experts from the Arab League, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the media.
The forum will tackle subjects including weather forecasting and warnings, and liaison with media outlets over the distribution of climate information and news. 
Saudi Arabia is one of the founder nations of the WMO and a permanent member of its governing council and is a leading international player in the exchange of information and scientific research on meteorological issues.
The Kingdom has launched a number of initiatives aimed at developing systems to improve the accuracy of both long- and short-range weather forecasting and is also working on establishing an early warning center for weather and pollution alerts.
Other events will be held in regions throughout the Kingdom to mark World Meteorological Day on March 23.