Prince Faisal bin Bandar inspects Riyadh Metro Project

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inspects work on the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh, on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 18 January 2017

Prince Faisal bin Bandar inspects Riyadh Metro Project

RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Riyadh governor and chairman of the Higher Committee for the implementation of the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh, visited the Riyadh Metro project on Wednesday. He was briefed on the developments and working techniques, as well as on the security and safety arrangements of the project.
Prince Faisal visited the Blue Line (Al-Olaya-Al-Batha axis) and went into the tunnel at 35 meters deep and was further briefed on the latest developments of the National Museum station, located at crossroads of the King Faisal Road and King Saud Road.
The station’s design mixes modernity and authenticity.
Prince Faisal visited the tunnel in a vehicle that stopped at the Batha station, 27 meters underground where he was again briefed on the work progress.
Prince Faisal said in a statement that the Riyadh metro project is a prominent achievement that was carried out with the direction of King Salman.
He pointed out that 48 percent of the project has been completed.
The public transport project in Riyadh — a metro network and a parallel bus network — is part of a plan for public transport developed by the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh.
The program aims to provide residents and visitors with suitable public transportation services, diversify means of transportation in the city and limit the use of private cars.
Present during the inspection visit were Minister of Transport Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Engineer Abdul Latif Al-Sheikh, and Minister of Civil Service Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.