Makkah governor receives security chiefs involved in holy city summits during Ramadan

Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal meets members of the committee responsbie for the security of the summits held in Makkah during Ramadan. (SPA)
Updated 10 June 2019

Makkah governor receives security chiefs involved in holy city summits during Ramadan

Members of the committee responsible for overseeing security during the three key summits in Makkah during the last week of Ramadan called on Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal at his office on Monday.

The governor appreciated the performance of the committee, saying their efforts helped boost the image of Saudi Arabia across the world.

He also appreciated their efforts during the last 10 days of Ramadan and the manner in which they managed large crowds. Prince Khalid said that their effective management efforts were a source of pride for the country and its people. 

The officials leading the delegation thanked Prince Khalid Al-Faisal for his continued cooperation to help them perform their tasks efficiently.

Three major summits involving several head of states took place in Makkah toward the end of June, including the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, the Arab Summit, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit. 


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.