Al-Maliki slammed for spitting venom

Al-Maliki slammed for spitting venom
Updated 25 July 2015

Al-Maliki slammed for spitting venom

Al-Maliki slammed for spitting venom

JEDDAH: Nuri Al-Maliki, Iraq’s vice president, has been roundly condemned for calling Saudi Arabia a “sponsor and supporter of terrorism.”
“Al-Maliki’s comments are irresponsible, especially since they come from a senior official of the Iraqi government,” said the Organization of Islamic Conference in a statement.
“His remarks contravene the OIC charter which calls for strengthening relations among OIC member states on the basis of justice, mutual respect, good neighborliness and noninterference in the domestic affairs of other member states.”
The OIC said that Al-Maliki’s claims, made on an Iraqi TV station, were absurd given the effective and significant role played by Saudi Arabia in combating terror and extremism at the national, regional and international levels as well as in the context of the OIC’s ongoing efforts.
The OIC stated that Al-Maliki’s statements were unjustifiable and ran against the spirit and principle of cooperation and solidarity among OIC member states.
“The statement feeds into a sectarian agenda at a time when concerted efforts must be made by all OIC member states to confront common challenges and to combat terrorism, extremist ideologies and sectarian divisions,” said the OIC.
GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani described Al-Maliki’s remarks as “irresponsible, false and heinous ... they do not help to strengthen Gulf-Iraqi relations.”
Al-Zayani said the provocative statements fit into Al-Maliki’s pattern of sabotaging Iraq’s relations with its Arab brethren and cutting it off from its natural Arab surroundings with a view to serving foreign interests.
Al-Zayani stressed the sincere efforts of Saudi Arabia and other GCC states in the fight against terrorism, noting that these include their effective participation in the international coalition against Daesh, helping strengthen Iraqi defense capabilities to preserve the country’s unity, security and stability, and protecting its Arab people.
He emphasized the keenness of GCC countries to strengthen their relations with “brotherly Iraq after years of tension resulting from sectarian policies adopted and followed by Al-Maliki.”
Acting Speaker of Kuwaiti Parliament Mubarak bin Banih Al-Khiring also rejected Al-Maliki’s provocative statements, which “do not help the stability or build relationships between sisterly countries.
He chastised the Iraqi politician for leveling baseless allegations against a big and leading country like Saudi Arabia which is recognized by all Muslims for its support and care for the Islamic moderate thought and its enormous services to the two holy mosques and their visitors.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi leadership distanced itself from Al-Maliki’s comments.
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Khaled Shuwani, spokesman for the Iraqi Presidency, told Asharq Al-Awsat, said Al-Maliki’s comments were “his own and do not represent the opinions and official position of the Iraqi presidency.”
“President Fuad Masoum has made efforts and will continue to make efforts to establish and develop the best kind of relations with Saudi Arabia. He has previously taken this approach and will continue to do so, in full knowledge that this approach has produced positive results until now,” Shuwani said.
For its part, the Iraqi government, led by Maliki’s successor Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, also distanced itself from Al-Maliki’s comments.
Abadi’s media spokesman Saad Al-Hadithi said: “The Iraqi government’s position has not changed with respect to is relations with other countries around the world, especially ... Arab and Muslim (countries), among them Saudi Arabia.” He said the current government had, since it was formed last year, adopted new policies “aiming to open up to other countries and based on joint interests and countering regional dangers and challenges.”
Iraq’s government has been attempting since last year to “turn a new page” with respect to relations with a number of countries in the region in order to solve “longstanding issues,” he said.
These efforts are based on “mutual respect and the non-interference in the affairs of either party.”
Al-Hadithi also pointed to recent visits made to the Kingdom by President Masoum and other Iraqi officials as well as efforts to reopen the Saudi Embassy in Baghdad for the first time in 25 years.
Saudi Arabia suspended its diplomatic mission and shut its embassy in Baghdad after Iraq, then led by Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait in 1990.
The Kingdom appointed a non-resident ambassador to Baghdad in 2012, but relations between the two countries remained strained throughout Al-Maliki’s premiership, which lasted from 2006–2014.
Gulf states accused Al-Maliki and his Shi’ite-dominated governments of stoking sectarianism in Iraq by enacting policies which marginalized Sunnis in the country.


Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 04 March 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 369,613
  • A total of 6,514 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced four deaths from COVID-19 and 375 new infections on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 162 were recorded in Riyadh, 66 in Makkah, 61 in the Eastern Province, 24 in the Northern Borders region, 14 in Madinah, 11 in Asir, six in Hail, two in Najran and two in Jazan.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 369,613 after 336 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 6,514 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.


Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan
Updated 04 March 2021

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan
  • The coalition is taking all precautions to protect civilians as the Houthi militia continue targeting them

DUBAI: The Arab coalition has intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan in southwest Saudi Arabia, state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported.
The coalition is taking all precautions to protect civilian as the Houthi militia continue targeting them, the report added.
On Wednesday, the Arab coalition said it intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward southern Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
“Joint coalition forces managed to intercept and destroy a booby-trapped drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilians and civilian objects in the city of Khamis Mushait,” spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.


Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan
Updated 04 March 2021

Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

AL-MAHRA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) launched the second phase of the winter clothes project in Yemen’s Al-Mahrah governorate on Wednesday. The aid, which included winter clothing, has benefited 700 people so far.
Local Council Secretary-General Abdullah Neimer praised the role of Saudi Arabia represented by KSrelief for its efforts and interventions in various sectors.
In Yemen also, KSrelief distributed more than 76,184 tons of foodstuffs for those in need in the rural areas of Hadibu, the capital of the Socotra archipelago province.
Meanwhile in Jordan, KSrelief clinics continued providing medical services in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees. More than 400 patients with various conditions were provided with medical services and prescriptions at different clinics.


DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards

DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards
Updated 04 March 2021

DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards

DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards

The British Embassy and British Council in Saudi Arabia have announced the nine finalists for the “Study UK Alumni Awards 2021 in Saudi Arabia.”
The finalists were selected from about 1,300 applicants for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their contributions to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia, a statement by the embassy said.
The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the British ambassador later this year.
The Study UK Alumni Awards were established in 2014 and celebrate the achievements of those who graduated from UK-based higher education institutions and went on to make outstanding contributions in various fields.
Neil Crompton, British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “I am delighted to announce the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021. This award celebrates the achievements of outstanding Saudi women and men who studied in the UK and are using their education to make a positive impact. As strategic partners for Vision 2030, we are proud of their achievements and contribution to their country. My congratulations to all our finalists and I look forward to meeting them at the award ceremony.”
Eilidh Kennedy McLean, British Council country director said: “The Study UK Alumni Awards provide a platform for recognizing and celebrating the success of Saudi alumni of UK universities. Their achievements are wide-ranging and inspirational, and directly contribute to the Vision 2030 goals and aspirations. The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its seventh year, international UK alumni applied from over 100 countries, representing almost 150 UK higher education institutions across the UK.”
The finalists of the “Professional Achievement Award,” which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, are: Dr. Taghred Al-Ghaith, Dr. Roua Al-Subki, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Shammari.
The finalists of the “Social Impact Award,” which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, are: Mashni Al-Saeed, Abdulmohsen Al-Dayel, and Dr. Bandar Al-Osaimi.
The finalists of the “Entrepreneurial Award,” which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in innovation, are: Dr. Wail Mousa, Arwa Al-Ammari, and Hattan Ahmed.
The Study UK Awards ceremonies are held in 13 countries including the US, China, Pakistan and Egypt.
 


Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims
Updated 04 March 2021

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

RIYADH: The Sri Lankan government has agreed to the request of the Muslim World League (MWL) — in accordance with Islamic procedures — to stop cremating the bodies of Muslims who have died of COVID-19.
The news came in a phone call to Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, MWL secretary-general, from Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena.
During the call, Gunawardena told Al-Issa that the Sri Lankan government had agreed to the MWL’s request. Gunawardena said that this served to strengthen the close relationship between the MWL, which is a global reference for Muslim nations, and the Sri Lankan government.
Al-Issa thanked Sri Lanka for approving the MWL’s request to stop the cremation of the bodies of Muslims and instead allow their burial.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s decision.
The OIC said that it had on several occasions during the pandemic called on Sri Lankan authorities to refrain from cremating Muslims and to give them an Islamic burial.
 

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