Saudi Cabinet calls to make region free of nuclear arms

The Cabinet discussed the final statement of a security and defense conference held in Riyadh and attended by the chiefs of army staff of the GCC and other friendly countries. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Saudi Cabinet calls to make region free of nuclear arms

  • Condemning attacks on Saudi Arabia, the military chiefs described those actions as a direct challenge to the world economy and the international community and expressed solidarity with the Kingdom
  • Saudi Arabia vows continued support to the Palestinian cause

RIYADH: Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reiterated its stance over the Iranian nuclear issue and also condemned the continued refusal of Israel to join the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman in Riyadh, stressed the need to subject Israel’s nuclear facilities to the system of comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Saudi Arabia also condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for holding the perpetrators of such attacks accountable.
The king briefed the Cabinet about the recent visits of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s continued support to the Palestinian people and their right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Cabinet hailed the decision to establish a joint economic committee and the Saudi-Palestinian Business Council.
The ministers described the formation of these bodies an extension of the Saudi support to the Palestinian cause.
Following the Cabinet meeting, Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah said, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, that the Cabinet also reviewed the statements condemning the attacks of Saudi Aramco oil facilities issued by the interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at their 36th meeting in Muscat, Oman.
The GCC interior ministers expressed their support to all measures taken by Saudi Arabia for the protection of its sovereignty and security. They also called for a joint security plan to secure maritime navigation in the Arabian Gulf.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Saudi Arabia wants Israel’s nuclear facilities under comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

• Cabinet condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

• GCC, friendly countries support for Kingdom’s right to self-defense hailed.

The Cabinet discussed the final statement of a security and defense conference held in Riyadh and attended by the chiefs of army staff of the GCC and other friendly countries including the US, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, France, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, New Zealand and Greece.
Condemning attacks on Saudi Arabia, the military chiefs described those actions as a direct challenge to the world economy and the international community and expressed solidarity with the Kingdom.
They defended Saudi Arabia’s right to self-defense in accordance with international law. Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on the latest regional and global developments.
The Cabinet congratulated Japan’s Emperor Naruhito on his accession to the throne and wished his country continued progress and prosperity.
Saudi Arabia also condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.
The Cabinet, according to the media minister, authorized different ministries to finalize draft agreements or sign memorandums of understanding with their counterparts in other countries.


Return of ‘Captain Majid’ announced at Anime Expo in Riyadh

Updated 25 min 48 sec ago

Return of ‘Captain Majid’ announced at Anime Expo in Riyadh

  • Part of Riyadh Season, Anime Expo brings together creative minds for a first-of-its-kind agreement

RIYADH: The Anime Expo in Riyadh —  part of Riyadh Season — already had regional fans excited, being the largest such event to be held so far in the Middle East. But even better news emerged at Thursday’s press conference to launch the event.

Saudi Arabia and Japan have signed an agreement to bring “Captain Tsubasa,” created by Yoichi Takahashi, back to the small screen. The cartoon, known as “Captain Majid” in the Arab world, is an old-school favorite in the Middle East. The anime is expected to air on Dec. 1 on MBC, the CEO of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, Faisal Bafarat, announced.

Riyadh Season is holding the largest Anime Expo in the Middle East, bringing together collaborations between GEA and Captain Tsubasa creator, Yoichi Takahashi, musical collaborations between both Arab and Japanese giants, and more.

Japan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Tsukasa Uemura, told Arab News: “It’s amazing to see good energy among the young people, ladies and gentlemen of Saudi Arabia.” Uemura was struck by how deep the relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia was, thanks to anime from the 60s and 70s.

“This relation is now coming to fruition, and I hope that the young Saudi generation won’t only observe but also create, from now, starting a new industry in Saudi Arabia — I see a lot of potential here.”

Arab News met three musical acts who will perform together for the first time on Saturday at the event’s closing ceremony: Lebanese singer Sammy Clark, who performed Arabic versions of anime favorites including “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island” (Takarajima), and Japanese voice actors and singers Isao Sasaki and Ichiro Mizuki.

Clark was excited to meet the two men he dubbed his “twin brothers,” — the original voices behind the animations he has worked on. “I’m honored to be here with them,” he said. “I only traveled to Japan once, in 1987. It’s a beautiful country and their people are some of the kindest in the world.”

Clark explained that he and Sasaki were supposed to sing together at Comic Con in Dubai five years ago, “but it didn’t work out.”

“Today, I’m ecstatic to say that I won’t sing with Sasaki alone but also with Ichiro Mizuki, who sings the original opening song for ‘Mazinger.’ We’ll be performing five songs for fans, and one of the surprises we’ve prepared is that I’ll sing something in Japanese and they’ll sing in Arabic,” Clark said.

He added that he never imagined the theme songs would be so successful and resonate with people for so long. “Generations of fathers have played these songs to their kids, and they all enjoy it so much. We’ve managed to touch thousands through an anime song,” he said.

Mizuki told Arab News that his first time in Saudi Arabia has been amazing so far. “Being in the industry for 50 years, I’ve traveled all over the world, but I consider my first performance in Saudi Arabia to be a big deal, especially as an officially orchestrated event. I feel honored to be here,” he said.

Sasaki echoed his words: “Being a first generation anime singer, I’m not getting any younger, but I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to perform here in Saudi Arabia,” he said.