‘Political solution only way to end Yemen conflict’: Saudi crown prince and PM May agree

The Crown Prince held meetings with UK PM Theresa May at Downing Street during his three-day tour of the UK. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 March 2018

‘Political solution only way to end Yemen conflict’: Saudi crown prince and PM May agree

LONDON: Saudi Arabia and Britain agreed that a political solution is only way to end the conflict and humanitarian suffering in Yemen, during a meeting at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. 
PM May agreed with Saudi Crown PRince Mohammed Bin Salman on the importance of full and unfettered humanitarian and commercial access, including ports access. 
Later on Wednesday, the Saudi Arabian and British foreign ministers held a joint press conference to lay out agreements between the two countries.
The UK and Saudi Arabian FMs agreed to monitor the navigation routes in preparation of the reopening of the ports in Yemen.
UK's Boris Johnson said that the UK has called for an international meeting to discuss with Saudi Arabia a political solution in Yemen. He said that the world understood Saudi Arabia's right to protect its borders.
Saudi Arabia's Adel Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia supported the transitional process and political dialogue in Yemen and the war in the country was imposed on Saudi Arabia, but that the Kingdom will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Yemen after the war's conclusion.
He also added that Riyadh and London agreed on the necessity to deter Iran and stop its support terrorism, while Johnson said Iran was playing a disruptive and dangerous role in Yemen and destabilizing the region.
Meanwhile, Al-Jubeir said that there were great opportunities for cooperation with the UK to achieve the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.