Arab League, GCC to discuss attacks

Updated 07 January 2016

Arab League, GCC to discuss attacks

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab League (AL) have convened extraordinary meetings of their foreign minister on Saturday and Sunday to discuss the issues related to the violent attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Saudi Consulate in Mashhad.

Announcing the emergency meeting, the Arab League said: “It has been decided to hold an extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of the Arab League Council on Sunday at the headquarters in Cairo.”
“This meeting is being held following an official note from the Saudi permanent delegation to the Arab League,” said Ahmed Ben Helli, deputy secretary-general of the league, in a statement.
The meeting is expected to denounce the Iranian attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Consulate in Mashhad, which violated all international norms and the sanctity of the Vienna convention that guarantees protection of diplomats in host countries. The meeting will also discuss the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said that the GCC will hold an extraordinary meeting of the foreign minister in Riyadh on Saturday under the chairmanship Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and it will address concerns on attacks on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.
The Arab League and the GCC have condemned the violent attacks describing them as a blatant violations of international conventions.


Algerian court jails protesters over election

Updated 19 November 2019

Algerian court jails protesters over election

ALGIERS: An Algerian court has jailed four protesters for 18 months for disrupting a candidate’s campaign for the Dec. 12 presidential election which is opposed by a mass protest movement.
The court sentenced the four on Monday after protests on Sunday in the western city of Tlemcen, where one of the five candidates, Ali Benflis, was campaigning. No details were available on what their exact actions were.
Algeria’s authorities are trying to quell a protest movement that erupted in February to demand the departure of the country’s ruling hierarchy, an end to corruption and the army’s withdrawal from politics.
The army, which has emerged as the most powerful institution in the country, has pushed for next month’s election as a means to end the protests and restore normality. The former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, quit in April.
The judgment comes a week after a series of other prison sentences were handed down to protesters who had raised flags with Berber symbols during earlier demonstrations.
Several opposition leaders have also been held during the protests, and charged with contributing to damaging army morale.
However, the authorities have also detained numerous current and former senior officials on corruption charges, and have jailed some of them including the once untouchable former intelligence chief.
The protesters have rejected any presidential election carried out now, saying the continued presence of Bouteflika allies in the upper echelons of the government mean it cannot be free or fair.
Human Rights Watch said last week that the arrest of scores of protesters looked like “part of a pattern of trying to weaken opposition to Algeria’s interim rulers and their determination to hold presidential elections.”