Saudi Arabia keen to promote culture of peace, tolerance, UN forum told

Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy
Updated 15 September 2019

Saudi Arabia keen to promote culture of peace, tolerance, UN forum told

  • Manzalawi highlighted that the Kingdom has called for the need to work hard to achieve international peace and security, and for a political solution and dialogue for all conflicts

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, has affirmed the Kingdom’s keenness to promote peace, tolerance and dialogue.
This came during the Kingdom’s speech at the high-level forum on the culture of peace, held at the UN in New York.
Manzlawiy highlighted that the Kingdom has consistently reaffirmed its commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter through its international efforts, based on its belief that promoting a culture of peace begins with individuals and their relations as global citizens with the local and international communities, in addition to the involvement of all segments of the local and international communities and their institutions.
He added that the Kingdom always exerts efforts within this framework based on three main pillars: Justice, development and the protection of human rights. These efforts include fighting terrorism and violence and promoting tolerance and dialogue among different religions and cultures.
“At the national level, Saudi Arabia has implemented many security and awareness programs to combat extremism and immunize against these ideologies,” he continued. “These programs include launching the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal), which has received international acclaim.”
Manzlawiy said: “At the same time, the Kingdom seeks to build bridges of dialogue and communication between religions and cultures through numerous national programs, represented by the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, as well as international programs through the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.”
He highlighted that the Kingdom’s efforts include peacefully resolving regional and international conflicts through negotiation, mediation or international arbitration.
He used the examples of historic reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where Saudi Arabia contributed to ending a war that lasted 20 years through the signing a historic peace agreement between the two countries in July 2018 in Jeddah under the patronage of King Salman.
He also cited the historic reconciliation agreement between the leaders of Djibouti and Eritrea in September 2018, ending a 10-year dispute and an impasse between the two countries.
“These two agreements and reconciliations have had a direct positive impact on the stability of the Horn of Africa, which will effectively contribute to maintaining regional and international peace and security.”
Manzalawi highlighted that the Kingdom has called for the need to work hard to achieve international peace and security, and for a political solution and dialogue for all conflicts.
“Saudi Arabia has also called on the peoples and states of the world to establish the values of tolerance, and cooperate to renounce all forms of hatred and discrimination,” he added.


Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation. (SPA)
Updated 14 min 14 sec ago

Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

  • People not wearing masks will be fined

JEDDAH: The Kingdom could return to extreme precautionary restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds the medical sector’s capacity, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah warned on Saturday.
“Public awareness and adherence to precautionary measures is essential to continue the ease of restrictions,” Al-Rabiah said. “We continue monitoring the situation based on the number of critical cases in hospitals and their capacity to receive them. We want to be able to receive all cases that reach out to us and provide them with the care that they need. We are all in one boat in this situation, we are one team, and we must work together cautiously. Lack of commitment will definitely take us back to where we were.”
There were 1,618 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning that 83,384 people have now contracted the disease. There are currently 24,501 active cases.
The Health Ministry announced that 1,870 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 58,883. More than 70 percent of coronavirus patients in the Kingdom have recovered from the disease.
There were 22 new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 480.
The ministry has assigned 30 health practitioners to carry out the third stage of an expanded examination plan to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the city of Makkah.

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• 58,883 recoveries

• 24,501 active cases

The examination will take place at a center in the Al-Zaidi district, where citizens and expats will be tested inside their cars through 12 tracks without the need to leave their vehicles. The center has the capacity for over 1,000 tests daily and these will be carried out through appointments made on the ministry’s Sehaty app.
Adjustments to previously announced social distancing measures and regulations were announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday. These include new violation penalties, as the second stage of restriction-easing starts on May 31.
Individuals who intentionally violate regulations will pay SR1,000 ($266). Breaches include not wearing a mask, not committing to social distancing marks and areas, refusing to undergo temperature checks at entrances, or not adhering to preventive protocols if their temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius.
Private sector establishments that are found to be noncompliant with new preventive measures and protocols will pay a penalty of SR10,000. Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation.