Saudi Embassy in Tunisia celebrates National Day

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Saudi National Day is celebrated every Sept. 23. (SPA)
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Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Tunisian Minister of Commerce Omar El-Bahi. (SPA)
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The reception was attended by senior Tunisian state officials, members of Parliament, ambassadors, and a large number of political, economic, cultural and media figures. (SPA)
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Saudi National Day is celebrated every Sept. 23. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2019

Saudi Embassy in Tunisia celebrates National Day

  • Al-Ali hailed strong and historic Saudi-Tunisian relations citing recent visits between the leaderships of the two countries
  • Tunisian Minister of Commerce Omar El-Bahi extended his government’s greetings to the Saudi king

TUNIS: The Kingdom’s Embassy in Tunisia on Saturday celebrated Saudi National Day by holding a special reception.

Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali, congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people on the occasion.

“It is with hearts filled with love, security, reassurance, accomplishment and giving that we congratulate ourselves and our compatriots, at a time where we see the development and modernization of government institutions taking place in line with the implementation of educational, health and developmental projects throughout the Kingdom,” Al-Ali said.

The envoy praised the Kingdom’s position and said: “It has become a developed country in record time while preserving its religious values and culture, protecting its Islamic faith and giving the Two Holy Mosques its utmost attention and care to expand them and serve pilgrims.

“The Kingdom is part of the G20 that includes the most powerful economies in the world. It also aspires to be a leading model on all levels by counting on its young men and women to achieve the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, considered the beginning of a new era of development and hard work,” he added.

Al-Ali hailed strong and historic Saudi-Tunisian relations citing recent visits between the leaderships of the two countries, including King Salman’s trip to the north African nation in March 2018.

Tunisian Minister of Commerce Omar El-Bahi extended his government’s greetings to the Saudi king, crown prince, and people on National Day, and wished the Kingdom prosperity, development and growth on all levels.

He praised the continued Saudi backing for Tunisia on all matters and reiterated his country’s support for the Kingdom in the face of recent terrorist attacks by Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The reception was attended by senior Tunisian state officials, members of Parliament, ambassadors, and a large number of political, economic, cultural and media figures.


Saudi Arabia’s reform drive empowering women, US diplomat says

Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi Arabia’s reform drive empowering women, US diplomat says

  • Few outside Kingdom understand the scale of female empowerment, top US diplomat tells Arab News

RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News.

“I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman, who is happy and proud of the reforms,” said US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

“She made the excellent point that Saudi women have been strong, capable and educated for a long time.”

The woman told Ortagus that Saudi women wanted their peers in the US to understand them, not feel pity for them. “Saudi women are not in need of being rescued,” Ortagus said,

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Ortagus lived in Saudi Arabia for almost two years after she was appointed deputy US Treasury attache in 2010, and has been revisiting for the first time since then.

“It doesn’t even seem like the same country,” she said. “I didn’t recognize it. I couldn’t believe that it was the same diplomatic quarter that I used to live in 10 years ago — it is totally transformed.”

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Washington would always welcome Saudi input on Middle East issues, she said. “We’d love the Kingdom’s help on things like the peace plan and vision that Jared Kushner has laid out. It may not be a perfect plan, but if we’re ever going to have peace in this region, it’s going to come from Saudi Arabia getting in and being involved.”