Saudi Cabinet condemns Turkey’s actions in Syria

The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of talks with Russian President Putin, who visited Saudi Arabia on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2019

Saudi Cabinet condemns Turkey’s actions in Syria

  • Use of political means stressed to resolve crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reiterated its call to adopt political means to resolve the Syrian crisis. Condemning Turkey’s actions in northeastern Syria, the Saudi Cabinet called for measures that would not only uphold international laws but also ensure the security of Syria and other countries in the region.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman in Riyadh, referred to the demands made by an emergency meeting of the Arab League Council, which called on the UN Security Council to take steps to curb Turkish aggression.
The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited the Kingdom on Monday.
The Cabinet commended the Saudi-Russian energy partnership and signing of cooperation agreements between the two oil-producing countries.
It also commended the alignment between the ambitions and strategic objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and Russia’s strategic development plans.
The Cabinet also reviewed the talks between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Russian president.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet commended the Saudi-Russian energy partnership.

• The Cabinet congratulated Kais Saied on winning the presidential elections in Tunisia.

Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, said that the Cabinet reviewed the Saudi-Russian CEO Forum, citing the future of energy, solutions for its sustainability, existing and future investments between the two countries, opportunities for joint cooperation, agricultural sustainability and global food security through the Saudi-Russian Committee and within the framework of the Kingdom’s keenness for a sustainable national economy and as one of the growing economies of the G20.
The Cabinet congratulated Kais Saied on winning the presidential elections in Tunisia and wished the country steady progress and prosperity.
The minister said that the Cabinet reviewed several reports on the latest regional and global developments.
The Cabinet also renewed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the bombings that targeted a bus carrying security forces in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and the terrorist attack on a mosque in the Salmousi area north of Burkina Faso, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.
The Kingdom stressed its solidarity with Afghanistan and the government of Burkina Faso against terrorism and extremism, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet also authorized different ministries to sign memorandums of understanding with their counterparts in different countries to increase cooperation in various sectors.


Comic book fans unite at Stan Lee Super Con in Riyadh

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Comic book fans unite at Stan Lee Super Con in Riyadh

RIYADH: The Stan Lee Super Con kick-started at the Riyadh Front, providing a place for comic book fans to express themselves.

The conventions were divided into two parts — Anime Con and the Stan Lee Super Con. The Super Con was a comic nerd’s dream come true, bringing together everything from the Batmobile, the Delorian from “Back to the Future” and the time-traveling Tardis from “Doctor Who.”

The convention also brought together a variety of celebrities, including actors, creators and famous artists.

The comic book artist Bob Layton, best known for his work in Marvel Comics’ “Iron Man” and “Hercules” sat in a booth to give autographs to star-struck fans.

“I am looking forward to seeing Saudi Arabia very much — because of work I haven’t seen much. When I travel, I am more interested in where culture is than where it has been, especially in Saudi Arabia because this country is opening up and it is very exciting,” Layton told Arab News.

“I am very glad to be meeting so many Saudis here, since they come here to see me. Americans have a very warped perception of Muslim countries and I don’t share that because once you get to meet the people you see that we are very much alike.”

He shared his story of how he got into comics, which tells of how useful of a tool comic books can be: He learned how to read by reading comics.

“All the pictures made sense to me and as a child it made me want to understand what was in the text balloons, so I became a reader at the age of four. If they can teach a four-year-old how to read, they can teach a lot of things to a lot of people.

“Part of my achievement as a comic artist is that my work has transcended comics and became global. So, now wherever I go in the world I see that comics have become universal.”

The actor Sam J. Jones, who played the infamous “Flash Gordon” in the 1980 film, was also present.

He said he was thrilled to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time, and was deeply moved by the positive attitude of the Saudi people.

“Even before I stepped in Saudi Arabia I traveled with Saudi Airlines, and even in Los Angeles when I arrived at the ticket counter everybody was smiling, and people haven’t stopped since.

“I did the panel and met people afterward and the fans have been amazing. It is a blessing to be here in Riyadh for the first time, I am used to doing comic cons but this being my first time in Saudi Arabia is amazing and hopefully, there will be more to come.”

Melinda Jean, a cosplayer, walked among the crowd with a magnificent cape, dressed up as the popular villain Hela from “Thor: Ragnarok.” She was extremely excited to be a part of the Super Con, she said.

“I am so excited — it is my first time being in Saudi Arabia. It is so surreal that we are here, and we get to do this. I will be sharing my tips and tricks on how to become a cosplayer and get into cosplay so I will be here all weekend.”