Saudi crown prince stresses importance of applying UN principles and the rule of law

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Updated 28 March 2018

Saudi crown prince stresses importance of applying UN principles and the rule of law

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stressed the importance of keeping in line with the principles of the United Nations and the rule of law.
He pointed out that the problems in the Middle East are due to ideologies that clash with UN principles and violate its laws and customs by interfering in the internal affairs of other states.
He made the comments in a speech after his meeting with Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
The crown prince said that Saudi Arabia is defending its interests and maintaining its security and is working with its allies in the Middle East to secure and stabilize the region.
He also stressed the Kingdom's keenness on finding political solutions to the Middle East's crises, in cooperation with the United Nations. He pointed out that the Kingdom is an active member and has contributed to protecting the interests of the United Nations and its laws.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praised Saudi Arabia's global humanitarian efforts as he welcomed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the organization's headquarters on Tuesday.
Guterres expressed his appreciation for the humanitarian contributions in the world and to the Yemeni people, its support and funding of the humanitarian response plan in Yemen, and called on countries to contribute to this effort.
Guterres also renewed his condemnation of the targeting of ballistic missiles by the Houthi militia.
The crown prince and the secretary general attended the signing of the joint executive program between Saudi Arabia and the UN represented by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the purpose of supporting and financing the 2018 UN Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen.
The agreement includes $1 billion from the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, including $930 million to UN organizations and $70 million to restore ports and roads to increase relief and commercial imports.
The crown prince, currently in New York, has traveled to several US cities and held a number of high-level meetings with politicians and top business leaders after meeting President Donald Trump last week.
Prince Mohammed's visit is the first trip to the US after he was announced as the Saudi Arabia's crown prince last year.


Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

  • Visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport
  • Railway inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Transport Minister and Director-General of the Saudi Railway Organization (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Al-Sulaimaniyah station and the King Abdul Aziz International Airport station in Jeddah on Thursday to check on preparations to resume operations at the two sites.

Al-Jasser was accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chairman Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, SAR CEO Bashar Al-Malik and other officials.

The visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport to serve airline passengers and Jeddah residents.

The service was halted on Sept. 29, 2019 after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, which left 11 people injured. The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.