60 Saudis receive conflict management training to contribute in Yemen’s development

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Participants were trained in strategies to eliminate conflict, ensure stability and contribute to the development of Yemen. (SPA)
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Updated 21 October 2019

60 Saudis receive conflict management training to contribute in Yemen’s development

  • Participants were trained in strategies to eliminate conflict, ensure stability and contribute to the development of Yemen

RIYADH: Sixty Saudi nationals from government ministries have completed conflict management training after taking part in a workshop jointly organized by the Kingdom and the US, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
Participants were trained in strategies to eliminate conflict, ensure stability and contribute to the development of Yemen, said the Kingdom’s envoy to the country, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber.
Al-Jaber, who is also the general supervisor of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), said participants were ready to contribute to the development of Yemen and were equipped with the necessary knowledge to do so, especially as it required solving complex issues that were aggravated in conflict zones.

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The SDRPY was established to devise and implement projects in all areas affecting the daily lives of Yemenis, to facilitate recovery, create job opportunities, provide basic services and support the economy.

The workshop was organized by the SDRPY and attended by the US Ambassador to Yemen Christopher Henzel, a delegation from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, representatives from different Saudi government sectors, and SDRPY staff.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.