Saudi Cabinet reaffirms support for Palestine

Updated 02 April 2019

Saudi Cabinet reaffirms support for Palestine

ALKHOBAR: The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Aziziya Palace in Alkhobar, on Tuesday reiterated the Kingdom’s stance on the Palestinian cause, stating that it would remain on top of the Kingdom’s agenda. 

It also reiterated its rejection of any action that would violate Syria’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and the importance of reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis. 

The Cabinet was also briefed on the results of King Salman’s official visit to Tunisia, his talks with President Beji Caid Essbsi on bilateral cooperation between the two nations, and the positive outcome of the 30th Arab “Summit of Determination and Solidarity.” 

According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, Minister of Information Turki Al-Shabana said that the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the UN’s efforts to breach the political deadlock in Yemen, and asked the international community to oppose Iranian-backed Houthi militias. The Cabinet also reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for the UN’s ongoing efforts in stabilizing Libya. 

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Mineral Resources and the Cypriot Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry.

It also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s new ranking on the Global Cybersecurity Index of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, 13 out of 175 nations.

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah