Yemen president in Riyadh for talks on reconstruction, military effort

Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi
Updated 01 March 2017

Yemen president in Riyadh for talks on reconstruction, military effort

RIYADH: Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Riyadh Monday evening to enhance coordination of efforts to defeat Yemeni rebels and carry out reconstruction in liberated areas.
Yemeni Tourism Minister Mohamed A. Qubaty told Arab News on Tuesday that the visit concerns “coordination of our efforts to defeat the rebels completely.”
He added: “There are other key matters regarding rebuilding the country, reconstruction and development work. Those are the main topics to be discussed during the visit in Riyadh with our brothers in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and our Arab allies in general.”
Qubaty said more than 80 percent of Yemen is in the hands of the internationally recognized government. “We need to wage war against terrorists, Al-Qaeda and Daesh so people can see a bright future,” he added.
Hadi last week said Saudi Arabia has allocated $10 billion in aid “for the reconstruction of liberated provinces, including $2 billion as a deposit in the central bank to shore up the (Yemeni) riyal.” Hadi has called on his government to focus on power, water, roads, health and education in liberated areas.
Pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition have taken back five southern provinces from Iran-backed rebels, who still control the capital and much of northern Yemen.


Nidaa Abu Ali, first secretary of the Saudi mission to the UN in New York

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Nidaa Abu Ali, first secretary of the Saudi mission to the UN in New York

Nidaa Abu Ali is a Saudi diplomat who is currently serving as the first secretary and member of the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the United Nations in New York.

Abu Ali, who was born in 1983, has also worked as a journalist and researcher. She has written for prominent Saudi newspapers and authored four novels.

She began her journalism career with Al-Hayat, a pan-Arab newspaper that has been based in London since 1988 and launched its Saudi edition in 2005.  

She has held several posts at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since joining it in 2009, and was an attache at Saudi Arabia’s mission in Singapore from 2009 until 2013.

Between 2007 and 2009, she worked as a researcher and analyst at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism, and at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore.

She received her master’s degree in 2009 in strategic studies from the city-state’s Nanyang Technological University. Her bachelor’s degree is in management information systems from Jeddah’s Dar Al-Hekma University.

Abu Ali worked at Al Eqtisadiah newspaper between 2014 and 2016, and Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper from 2016 until the present day.

At the meeting of the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, she stressed the Kingdom’s support for the rule of law. She said the Kingdom agreed with member states on the importance of concerted action by the international community and the need for international cooperation based on shared responsibility.