Saudi Arabia backs Coalition decision to reject UN report on Yemen, contributes $100 million to Syria

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 05 September 2018

Saudi Arabia backs Coalition decision to reject UN report on Yemen, contributes $100 million to Syria

  • Saudi Cabinet stressed that this contribution aims to support the coalition efforts to revitalize local societies

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday expressed its support to the Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen’s decision to reject the findings of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report issued on Aug. 28 on the situation of human rights in Yemen.

The Cabinet, during its weekly meeting, commended the Coalition’s statement, which refuted and disagreed with most of the conclusions, allegations, fallacies and impartiality of the report.

Also yesterday, the Cabinet approved the transfer of the "State Property Department" to a public body to be called the “General Authority of State Real Estate”.

For his part, Finance Minister and CEO of the new government body Mohammed Al Jadaan said "The Cabinet’s decision to establish this body is in the interest of regulatory work and the development of government agencies reflects its keenness to raise the efficiency of the performance of all government bodies."

"The General Authority for State Real Estate, in accordance with the organizational arrangements approved by the Council of Ministers, aims to organize, protect, preserve, manage and optimize investment in the state's real estate, supervise and standardize policies related thereto. The implementation of regulations and instructions related to state real estate, and the development of an electronic database integrated with a geographic information system for the state’s real estate, which supports the achievement of the vision of the Kingdom 2030”.

The Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on events and latest developments at the international arena, highlighting the Kingdom’s contribution of $100 million to the Global Coalition Against Daesh in areas liberated from the terrorist organization, northeast of Syria.

The Cabinet stressed that this contribution aims to support the coalition efforts to revitalize local societies, focus on projects to restore livelihoods and basic services, save lives, facilitate the return of displaced Syrians and ensure that Daesh and other terrorist organizations shall not return to threaten Syria or its neighbors.

To mark the start of the new academic year, the Cabinet wished students in the Kingdom every success in their educational and scientific aspirations.

During the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Place in Jeddah on Tuesday, King Salman praised Allah Almighty for enabling pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals comfortably and safely in an atmosphere of serenity and faith.

The king voiced his appreciation to the princes, ministers, the chairman and members of Supreme Hajj Committee, governors of regions and all officials and personnel of civil, military and national sectors who helped serve pilgrims and contributed to the success of the Hajj season.

The Cabinet expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attacks that took place in a number of sisterly and friendly countries during the past few days, confirming the Kingdom’s solidarity and support for the measures taken by them to combat acts of violence, terrorism and extremism targeting security and stability around the world and offered its condolences and sympathies to their governments and peoples as well as to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.


Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.