DiplomaticQuarter: EU announces cultural, entertainment activities for ‘Europe Day’ in Saudi Arabia

EU ambassador explains the importance of Europe Day. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 April 2019
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DiplomaticQuarter: EU announces cultural, entertainment activities for ‘Europe Day’ in Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh will host a series of Gaelic sporting activities from Ireland on April 6, a German-Saudi DJ show on April 9

RIYADH: “Europe Day,” normally celebrated May 9, will this year be held early in Saudi Arabia so as not to clash with the holy month of Ramadan. Instead, “Europe Month” (which precedes the day itself) will run from April 4 to May 3.

The celebration allows EU member states to host events, this year focusing on Riyadh and Jeddah. “The EU holds events throughout the year to give a taste of what its members are doing,” said EU Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso.

During the month, Riyadh will host a series of Gaelic sporting activities from Ireland on April 6, a German-Saudi DJ show on April 9, Italy’s “Mezzotono” orchestra on April 11, and two Polish exhibitions on April 11. 

The Italian delegation will also be putting on an opera, “La Kryptonite nella Borsa,” on April 29, while the Netherlands will host a falconry festival from April 16-17. The French and German delegations will combine for a film screening on April 24 and a classical concert, “Trio d’Iroise,” on April 30, and Czech jazz musicians Crystal Duo will perform May 2-3.

Additionally, the European Film Festival will be taking place in Jeddah, showing “Young Goethe in Love” on March 30, Italian film “The Place” on April 1, “The Little Stranger” on April 2, the UK’s “Love and Friendship” on April 8 and French movie “The Dancer” on April 15.

A Twitter competition will be held during the month, called “What’s Europe 4 Me?” where participants can send photos to the @EUintheGCC account to depict how they view the continent. Saudi, Omani, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Bahraini citizens are all welcome to participate. The winner will have the opportunity to meet the representatives of five EU countries of their choice for a gala lunch.


Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

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Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

  • The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian”
  • Saudi Arabia said it will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that Saturday’s strikes on two Aramco facilities were an “organized terrorist attack” in a letter to the UN Security Council.
The Saudi Mission to the United Nations sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and another to the President of the Security Council Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya and members of the Security Council on Wednesday.
The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian.”
They also explained that Saudi Arabia will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law, and called on the UN and international experts to participate in the investigation into the attack.