Tehran must not have nuclear arms: Kerry

Updated 09 May 2015

Tehran must not have nuclear arms: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and senior ministers Thursday to discuss regional developments including a five-day cease-fire to facilitate humanitarian aid in Yemen.
However, the timing and nature of the cease-fire will be discussed further on Friday in Paris, where Kerry will join GCC foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Yemen, and the status of nuclear talks with Iran.
The meeting was also attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.
Kerry said Iran is a destabilizing force that must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.
Kerry assured Hadi of US support to peace endeavors in the strife-torn country. The meeting was also attended by Yemeni Vice President and Premier Khalid bin Mahfouz Bahah and Foreign Minister Riyad Yassine.
Addressing a joint press conference with Kerry, Al-Jubeir told reporters that the meeting discussed the negative Iranian interventions in the region, which include Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
“We also held bilateral talks … to discuss a number of topics of common interest and during the talk Kerry briefed us on the 5+1 talks with Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program, which we will discuss in Paris on Fridaywith our colleagues (the GCC foreign ministers), “ he said.“We also discussed the Camp David summit to be held in Washington on May 13 and 14,” Al-Jubeir added.
“I briefed Kerry on Saudi Arabia›s thinking that there would be a cease-fire for a period of five days in Yemen in order to coordinate with international organizations for delivery of relief aid to the brothers in Yemen, if the Houthis and their allies commit to this and do not carry out acts of aggression during this period,” he explained.
Commenting on humanitarian aid and ceasefire, Kerry underscored that it is now completely up to the Houthis as it requires a complete quieting of arms. “No bombing, no shooting, no repositioning of troops to achieve military advantage,” he said.
“We strongly urge the Houthis and those who back them to use all influence not to miss this major opportunity,” Kerry added.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch on Thursday accused Yemeni rebels of committing “possible war crimes” and urged all parties in the conflict to protect civilians.
The New York-based watchdog said rebel forces shot and killed two women in the main southern city of Aden last month and also unlawfully detained 10 local aid workers for up to two weeks.
“The incidents, possible war crimes, exemplify the grave threats to civilians in the embattled southern seaport,” said HRW.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.