New Saudi security service key to development, prosperity, says minister

Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad
Updated 24 July 2017

New Saudi security service key to development, prosperity, says minister

JEDDAH: The modernization of Saudi Arabia’s state security agencies is key to the country’s development and prosperity in accordance to the Vision 2030 reform plan, Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad has said.
Saudi Arabia has established the Presidency of the State Security to act as an independent body focusing on the security of the homeland and aimed at combating terrorism and espionage.
“These orders comply with the modernization and development of the service and administrative product of the state apparatus according to the vision,” Al-Awwad said in a statement.
“Among these orders came the royal decree establishing the Presidency of the State Security as an independent body directly related to the prime minister to give it the power to focus on the security of the homeland, the citizens and residents, combating terrorism, espionage and intellectual penetration in all its forms and types.”
Vision 2030, announced last year, includes a number of sweeping economic reforms such as the roll back of subsidies, the diversification of the economy and the partial listing of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies