DiplomaticQuarter: German envoy says international cooperation is key to progress

Updated 11 October 2018

DiplomaticQuarter: German envoy says international cooperation is key to progress

  • 100 years after the end of World War I we are proud to have been able to build a stable democracy based on a vibrant, educated civil society and a solid economy: Charge d’Affaires

RIYADH: German Charge d’Affaires Hans-Christian von Reibnitz highlighted the importance of cooperation between nations if they are to develop and progress, during a special celebration of his country’s National Day at its embassy in Riyadh.

Guests at the colorful event, hosted by the envoy and his wife Ina at the ambassador’s residence in the Diplomatic Quarter, included Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and more than 700 dignitaries, businesspeople, academics and artists, along with representatives of the German community and Saudi civil society. Together, they celebrated another year of vibrant Saudi-German relations.

In his opening speech, the charge d’affaires reminded the audience of the historical importance of Oct. 3, 1990, the day that brought about the peaceful reunification of Germany with the support of the country’s neighbors in Europe and beyond.

“100 years after the end of World War I we are proud to have been able to build a stable democracy based on a vibrant, educated civil society and a solid economy,” he added.

Von Reibnitz then quoted the lesson that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he had drawn from the German reunification, that “true progress can never take place by going it alone. We are and will remain dependent on one another,” and linked this idea to Saudi-German relations.

“Today we are happy that we will be able to go the way to progress together again,” said the diplomat. “Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. Considering our own role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interests of both our nations and people.”

He also underlined the importance of connections between people in building a lasting friendship between the two countries, thanking the Saudi and German guests “for being innovative architects and restless builders of our bilateral relations.”


Businesses in Saudi Arabia face repercussions for ignoring COVID-19 regulations

Updated 23 October 2020

Businesses in Saudi Arabia face repercussions for ignoring COVID-19 regulations

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has referred five establishments under its supervision to the Ministry of Interior due to their failure to adhere to COVID-19 precautionary measures.
The FDA announced that violations were detected during inspection visits to a factory and four warehouses in Jeddah. The violations were reported to the Interior Ministry to take action against violators.
The violations include a lack of commitment to safety instructions such as taking employee and customers’ temperature prior to entering the facility, wearing face-masks and securing sanitizers in designated places.
The authority had previously issued a detailed guidebook that addresses preventive requirements to help facilities of food, drugs, cosmetic and medical equipments to limit the virus outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry continues its inspection campaign — in place since the virus outbreak — on private health facilities to ensure compliance with precautionary and social distancing measures, where violators are to be referred to the concerned authorities.
Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly warned on Twitter against a second wave of COVID-19 in the Kingdom. “If we do not all adhere to the preventive measures and if the lack of cooperation and loosening of commitment continues, then we will be at risk of a second wave and an increase in case numbers,” he said. “We do not want to reach this stage.”
“The steps to prevent that are simple; wear a mask, keep a safe space, wash or sanitize your hands, take a test when you contact a confirmed case or witness symptoms in yourself.”
Saudi Arabia reported 401 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, meaning that 343,774 people have now contracted the disease. There are 8,343 active cases receiving medical care, while 791 are in critical condition.
In addition, 466 patients have recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 330,181.
The ministry also announced 15 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday. The death toll now stands at 5,250.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 7,562,663 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with 53,523 carried out in the past 24 hours.