Saudi Arabia, US counter Iran’s efforts to spread terrorism

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman meets US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 24 June 2019

Saudi Arabia, US counter Iran’s efforts to spread terrorism

  • The two officials discussed recent attacks in the region
  • US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook was in Riyadh on Friday

AL-KHARJ: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

During the meeting, they discussed relations between the two countries and efforts to counter hostile Iranian activities that threaten the security and stability of the region.

The latest Iranian attacks on the Kingdom, including its support of Houthi terrorist militias in Yemen by providing drones and missiles to attack civilian facilities as well as recent attacks on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, were also discussed.

In a tweet, Prince Khalid said: “We affirmed the Kingdom’s support for the United States maximum pressure campaign on Iran, which came as a result of continuing Iranian hostility and terrorism, and discussed the latest Iranian attacks on the Kingdom.”

The two sides discussed the latest developments in Yemen, especially Iran’s efforts to spread terrorism as well as its use of Yemen as its main center for carrying out aggressive acts.

“…(Iran) neglects the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people in favor of using the country as the main launchpad for its regional terrorism,” Prince Khalid said.

Later, speaking to reporters in Al-Kharj, Hook said that the Iranian regime practiced an aggressive foreign policy and it was important to do everything to de-escalate tensions.

 

 

Hook said: “The Iranian regime runs an expansionist and violent foreign policy through surrogacy such as the Houthis, Shia militia in Iraq and Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.” 

“On the latest efforts to counter Iranian attacks through their surrogates in Saudi Arabia, our maximum pressure campaign against Iran is working, Iran is feeling the pressure of the campaign,” he said.

“I was able to tour the display of Iranian weapons that have been intercepted in Saudi Arabia and this display is important; the entire world needs to see,” Hook said.

“We have a similar display in Washington, DC at our Department of Defense and there is, without a doubt, Iran’s efforts to use surrogates who they train and equip to attack Saudi Arabia and destabilize the region, which needs to be countered.”

“The US works very closely with the coalition to degrade the Houthis’ military capabilities to improve targeting and to check armed shipments,” he said. “If we do not succeed in this effort to counter Iran in Yemen, we will increase the risk of regional conflict in the region,” he said.

“It is also important as we see Iran threatening the freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz,” he said, adding that it was vital that Iran did not gain a base in Yemen.

“This is certainly the long game that the Iranian regime is playing and the world right now is very focused on what’s happening in the Gulf, and what is happening in the Strait of Hormuz,” Hook said.

“Iran has ambition to take that same playbook and apply it in Bab-el-Mandeb, which would further threaten freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce,” he said. “So it is important that we deny Iran a foothold in the Gulf.”


Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

Miriam El-Moula says she feels like she was born with art in her DNA.
Updated 54 min 11 sec ago

Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

  • Miriam El-Moula marks Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage through sustainable artworks

RIYADH: Defectless, a six-month-old lifestyle brand, is inspired by revealing hidden beauty. It started by highlighting the diversity of Saudi Arabia’s landscape. Unlocking the once-hidden treasures and memorializing them into contemporary and sustainable art pieces.
“I want to create pieces that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but that tell stories of people and places and inspire human progress,” 24-year-old artist Miraim El-Moula told Arab News.
“That is why I am so inspired by what’s happening in Saudi Arabia and the emergence of these new destinations. These destinations were hidden from the world. Now they are shocking the consciousness of many artists, me included, with the beauty of their nature, heritage, and people. They are worth being celebrated.”
Her designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh. “That’s what I want to show people, that Saudi is not just a desert country. It is much more,” she said.
Hand sculpted from pure marble El-Moula’s latest creation is the Guardian of AlUla. “To me, the elephant rock is a natural wonder that stood the test of time. It is proof that nature is the ultimate artist.”

I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.

Miriam El-Moula

Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way. “I was inspired: On the one hand, the fortress represents the warriors who dedicated their lives to protect their lands, and on the other, Al-Qat pattern, engraved on it, represents the woman of Asir who enriched this community with their vibrant, colorful art.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• Miriam El-Moula’s designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh.

• Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way.

• She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.

• A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.

“Red Sea Siglia” was created by her inspiration from the marine treasures of the Red Sea. “These coral reefs are 6,000 years old and irreplaceable. They are a gift to mankind that must be celebrated and protected.”
She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.
A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.
El-Moula knew from the beginning she wanted to be a designer. As a schoolgirl, she was infatuated with art class and even skipped other classes in school in order to develop her beloved passion.
“I feel like I was born with art in my DNA,” she said. “I love to look at spaces and always have an opinion on how they can look better. I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.”
Her first art display will be at Winter of Tantoura in AlUla.