Envoys highlight Saudi Arabia’s support for joint Arab action

Arab foreign ministers pose for a group picture during the preparatory meeting in Riyadh on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s Arab League Summit. (AFP)
Updated 14 April 2018

Envoys highlight Saudi Arabia’s support for joint Arab action

  • Saudi Arabia is exerting all efforts to enable the Arab world to face challenges, envoy says
  • Algerian ambassador highlighted Saudi Arabia’s leading role in the fight against terrorism regionally and internationally

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has provided all the required human and material resources to secure the success of Sunday’s Arab League Summit, said a top envoy.

Saudi Arabia is exerting all efforts to enable the Arab world to face various political, economic and cultural challenges, said the Kingdom’s ambassador to Algeria, Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Saleh. 

The summit will “constitute a qualitative leap and a new stage in the course of joint Arab action,” which will “positively influence the course of events in the Arab world,” he said.

“The Kingdom has underscored in many instances the importance and necessity of adopting an Arab strategy to counter the challenges that threaten the security of Arab countries, especially terrorism.”

Al-Saleh highlighted Saudi Arabia’s leading role in the fight against terrorism regionally and internationally. 

He expressed optimism that the summit will adopt resolutions that will boost Arab solidarity and provide more mechanisms to eradicate terrorism and strengthen economies.

“The Kingdom will put all its potential at the disposal of Arab countries… so as to reach an effective Arab position on the international scene,” Al-Saleh said.

The Saudi ambassador to Morocco, Dr. Abdulaziz Muhieddin Khoja, highlighted the security challenges facing the region, and said the summit’s resolutions will hinder attempts by hostile forces to thwart Arab unity.

“The summit is taking place at a time when the Arab region is facing many challenges by Iran and its relentless attempts to meddle in the internal affairs of countries, spreading terrorism and sedition, and undermining security and stability, in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq,” he added.

The Saudi ambassador to Jordan, Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki, said the Kingdom “relentlessly endeavors to promote collaboration and synergy between Arab countries to address the challenges affecting the lives of Arab citizens on the political, security and social levels.”

He added: “It also strives to fortify relationships between Arab nations against intrusions of foreign countries that aim to split Arab ranks.”

Bin Turki stressed the importance of the issues on the summit‘s agenda, namely the fight against terrorism, the conflict in Syria, political and security challenges in Iraq, and Iran’s interventions in the internal affairs of Arab countries. 

He praised the Arab League’s backing for the Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government.


Egypt receives new batch of Russian railroad cars

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Egypt receives new batch of Russian railroad cars

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel Al-Wazir announced that the Alexandria Port would be receiving a new batch of 22 passenger railroad cars, bringing the total of Russian railroad cars so far to 103 vehicles, as part of a deal to manufacture and supply 1,300 new passenger railroad cars.

The deal, signed between the Egyptian Railways Authority and Russian-Hungarian company Transmashholding, is the largest in the history of Egypt’s railways, with a value of €1.16 billion ($1.8 billion).

Al-Wazir confirmed that the 22 railroad cars that arrived are third-class vehicles with dynamic ventilation.

The deal includes 800 air-conditioned vehicles, 500 third-class air-conditioned vehicles (a new service offered to passengers for the first time in the history of Egyptian railways), 180 second-class vehicles, 90 first-class vehicles, 30 air-conditioned buffet vehicles and 500 dynamic ventilated third-class vehicles.

Al-Wazir indicated that 35 vehicles have arrived during the current month, which is the average monthly supply agreed upon with the manufacturer, pointing out that this rate enables the railway authority to form three new trains consisting of tractors and all-new cars that are entered monthly to become part of the line.

Al-Wazir said that the deal contributes to raising the efficiency of the Egyptian railways’ daily operations and schedules. This coincides with the Egyptian Railway Authority’s projects to modernize infrastructure, including signaling systems, crossings, stations and other aspects.

All these projects that the ministry implemented contributed to increasing safety and security in train operations and improving the level of service.

Egypt is seeking to develop its railways, the second oldest in the world, after witnessing unfortunate accidents during the past two decades.

Over the past few years, railways in Egypt have undergone major development, represented by the modernization of the fleet of tractors and vehicles of various classes and the maintenance of trains and old railways.

According to official data, Egypt spent EGP 40 billion ($2.5 billion) on railway development projects during the past six years. Projects at a cost of EGP 86 billion are currently under way, and there is a plan to start implementing others at a cost of EGP 55 billion.