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.


Yemen government to begin first evacuation flights for stranded citizens 

Updated 28 May 2020

Yemen government to begin first evacuation flights for stranded citizens 

  • Yemenia flights will be sent to Egypt, Jordan and India in the first stage of the evacuation flights
  • After returning to Yemen, citizens will be sent to health centers for check-ups

Yemen’s internationally recognized government will begin the first evacuation flights for citizens who have been stranded abroad since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency SABA reported. 
The first evacuation flight will be sent to Jordan on Thursday, a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed with Yemen’s Supreme National Emergency Committee for COVID-19 heard. 
This came after the committee approved the protocol for evacuating citizens stranded abroad, which includes procedures and timetables for scheduling the return of citizens to Yemen, and organizing specific health and precautionary controls and procedures, the news agency said. 
The authorities are tasked with the rapid implementation of precautionary measures in preparation for the returning citizens. 

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Yemenia flights will be sent to Egypt, Jordan and India in the first stage of the evacuation flights. Yemeni nationals will be tested prior to travel and will receive a health certificate from an accredited medical center.
After returning to Yemen, citizens will be sent to health centers for check-ups, treatment and to keep track of their data. Returning nationals will also be required to self-quarantine at home.  
Stranded nationals will be informed of flight times immediately after the necessary permits with the countries in which they are in are completed, the committee said. 
The Minister of Public Health and head of the committee, Dr Nasser Baoum, and Deputy Prime Minister Salem Al-Khanbashi presented a report on the development of the situation in Aden. The report discussed the establishment of a medical unit for the treatment and reception of cases of coronavirus infection. 
The committee also reviewed the report submitted by the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hussein Mansour, on those stranded in Saudi Arabia and discussed measures for their return. Mansour said discussions were in place with Saudi official to schedule their return.
In Yemen, scores of COVID-19 cases have been recorded across the country, but the UN warns that the virus is spreading largely undetected. Hundreds of people in the interim capital Aden have died in the past week with symptoms of what appears to be the coronavirus, local health officials said.
The officials fear the situation is only going to get worse as Yemen has little capacity to treat those suspected of having the virus.