Prince Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia views Yemen truce ‘positively’

Saudi Arabia said that it views the truce announced in Yemen positively and called on “all Yemenis” to stand against Iranian interference in the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 04 October 2019

Prince Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia views Yemen truce ‘positively’

  • Prince Khalid accused Iran of exploiting the situation in Yemen
  • He also said that Iran evades responsibility for its “terrorist attacks”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that it views the truce announced by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia positively and called on “all Yemenis” to stand against Iranian interference in the country.
“The truce announced in Yemen is perceived positively by the Kingdom, as this is what it has always sought, and hopes it will be implemented effectively,” Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman wrote on Twitter.
Prince Khalid also accused Iran of exploiting the situation in Yemen and “evading responsibility for their terrorist acts.”
He also accused Iran of using Yemen “to further its own interests” and said Yemenis should “stand up along with us” against Iran.
The Houthis claimed responsibility for attacks on Sept. 14 against two key Saudi Aramco oil installations in Abqaiq and Khurais.
Riyadh and Washington, however, blamed Iran for the attacks, a charge denied by Tehran.


Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

  • The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields
  • The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions.
The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions.
The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums.
The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion.
Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years.
The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills.
The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally.
The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market.