Foreign ambassadors congratulate Saudi leadership, people on National Day

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A Saudi boy waves national flag as he hang out the window of a car during celebrations marking National Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (SPA)
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Saudi people walk past a poster depicting Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman during the 89th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 23, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Saudi people wearing traditional clothes perform during the 89th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 23, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 24 September 2019

Foreign ambassadors congratulate Saudi leadership, people on National Day

  • The relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia is strong and multifaceted
  • The flagship initiatives of the government of India and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 complement each other

RIYADH: Heads of foreign missions in Riyadh congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people on National Day, wishing them all further progress and prosperity.

US Ambassador John Abizaid 

On behalf of President Donald Trump and all my colleagues here at the Embassy and the Consulate, I extend our congratulations to the king, the crown prince and the people of Saudi Arabia on National Day. As the president noted in his message to King Salman, the US-Saudi partnership is more vital than ever, particularly as we confront regional security challenges and work hand-in-hand to achieve shared economic and political objectives.
The relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia is strong and multifaceted. We work together every day to promote prosperity and economic development, protect the security of the two countries, and build people-to-people ties that keep our relationship strong. We have supported one another for decades and look forward to many more years of beneficial partnership.
I wish the people of Saudi Arabia success and prosperity this year, and in the years to come. Happy National Day.

British Ambassador Simon Collis

Saudi Arabia has a long and rich history, and through this history the UK and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed partnership, starting when Capt. William Shakespear became the first foreign person to sign an agreement with King Abdul Aziz.
Shakespear, a British explorer and diplomat, was a trusted friend that King Abdul Aziz called “brother” and made him his military adviser, and it was due to their closeness that Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a treaty to formalize a friendship that endures to this day.
From that day until today, we have considered ourselves a friend and partner for Saudi Arabia to help achieve its ambitions and support its goals in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Australian Ambassador Ridwaan Jadwat

I would like to congratulate and extend my sincere best wishes to King Salman, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia on their National Day. Have a great day.

 

Pakistani Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz

I am overwhelmed with joy to celebrate the National Day of the Kingdom with my Saudi brethren. On this auspicious occasion, I would like to present my heartfelt congratulations to the king, the crown prince and the people of Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are strategic allies and have always maintained close cooperation. Our relations are based on shared cultural values and common world view. The people of Pakistan hold the Saudi leadership in high esteem. The visionary leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put Saudi Arabia on a trajectory of development, and the Kingdom is now moving fast on the track to progress and prosperity.
Saudi Arabia has always been an advocate of stability, peace and harmony in the region and the world. I, as an ambassador of Pakistan, vow to make consistent efforts to further expand bilateral cooperation in all fields for the benefit of our people.

Dya-Eddine Bamakhrama, Djibouti Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Riyadh

On behalf of the diplomatic corps, I congratulate the king, the crown prince and the Saudi people on the National Day, wishing the leadership and people further progress and prosperity.
The Kingdom’s leading position and pivotal role in world politics and economics means its security and stability is important to all countries of the world.

Indian Ambassador Ausaf Sayeed

On behalf of the government, the people of India and myself, I take great pleasure in extending warm greetings to the king, the crown prince and the people of Saudi Arabia on National Day. India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties. The strong political will, dynamic economic engagement and warmth and goodwill of the people have nurtured the relationship into a strategic partnership. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner and a reliable partner in meeting India’s energy needs. The flagship initiatives of the government of India and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 complement each other. The relationship between our two countries has taken an upward trajectory and transformed into a strategic partnership.                                           

 


Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Updated 13 August 2020

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

  • Saudi Green Building Forum granted accreditation as an observer to UNEP governing body

RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs.
Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society.
SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN.
“The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments.
As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said.
“As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said.
SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development.
For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet.
Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said.
“UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and
most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.