Saudi Arabia affirms position on political solution to Yemeni crisis

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber speaks during a workshop organized by the Gulf Research Center in Geneva on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2017

Saudi Arabia affirms position on political solution to Yemeni crisis

RIYADH: The Kingdom affirmed its position on Friday at a conference in Geneva that the political solution to the Yemeni crisis is based on three pillars, local media reported.
Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, said these pillars include the Gulf initiative, outcomes of national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216.
He was participating in a workshop organized by the Gulf Research Center in cooperation with the Geneva Center for the Democratic Management of the Armed Forces titled “Views on Yemen.”
At the first session of the workshop, Al-Jaber discussed the Kingdom’s participation in the meeting attended by the US, UK, and the UAE as well as the five-day meeting with the participation of Oman in support of the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
A representative of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Samer Jitili, said that the challenge facing humanitarian relief work in Yemen lies in the absence of a system of government to help in the implementation.
“The war was not our choice but we were forced to maintain security and stability in Yemen and in the region, restore legitimacy, and open channels of dialogue between the legitimate government and the Houthis,” he said.
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia, the alliance and the Yemeni government are working together to achieve security in the region.
Jitili pointed out that “this will have a positive impact on international peace and security … and the coalition has a moral responsibility in implementing Resolution 2216 and facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid into Yemen.”
Mohammed Al-Qarni, a representative of the delegation from the Ministry of Interior, also explained the efforts of the Kingdom to fight terrorism at home and in support of Yemen within the Arab coalition forces.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.