Maximum pressure only way to get Iran to negotiate: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said that a policy of appeasement would not work with Iran. (File/AFP)
Updated 24 October 2019

Maximum pressure only way to get Iran to negotiate: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir

  • “We think that appeasement doesn’t work. Actions count, not words,” Al-Jubeir said
  • “We are trying to reach peace between the (separatist) Southern Transition Council (STC) and the Hadi government. I think we are close,” he added

PARIS: A senior Saudi official said on Thursday that a policy of appeasement would not work with Iran and that the only way to get Tehran to the negotiating table was to apply maximum pressure.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir was in Paris for talks with French officials amid efforts to defuse US-Iranian tensions and help Yemen’s legitimate government and southern separatists end a power struggle in the southern port of Aden.
“We think that appeasement doesn’t work. Actions count, not words. Members of the Iranian government talk, but have no power. Those who have, like the Revolutionary Guards, don’t want to negotiate,” Al-Jubeir told Liberation newspaper in an interview.
He was responding to a question about French attempts to bring the United States and Iran together, including by convincing US President Donald Trump to lift sanctions on Iran.
French President Emmanuel Macron attempted and failed last month to broker talks between Trump and Rouhani in New York. Prospects of any talks in coming weeks seem slim, with Tehran demanding US sanctions are lifted first.
“As far as we’re concerned, maximum pressure is the only way,” Al-Jubeir said.
When asked about the status of talks between Yemen’s legitimate government and southern separatists, Jubeir said it was crucial to end their differences to ensure focus could turn to battling the Iran-aligned Houthis and Al-Qaeda militants.
“We are trying to reach peace between the (separatist) Southern Transition Council (STC) and the Hadi government. I think we are close,” he said.
Saudi Arabia has hosted indirect talks between them to rebuild the coalition fighting against the Houthis who expelled Hadi’s government from the capital Sanaa five years ago.


Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

RIYADH: The Ministry of Civil Service, through a strategic partnership with the e-government program “Yesser,” has linked central databases with 90 government agencies representing more than 86 percent of public sector employees.

The database connection was secured after the agencies completed the requirements for sending human resources data through the government integration channel according to the classification of groups specified by the ministry.

The ministry, represented by its Digital Transformation Agency, has provided more than 27 electronic services on its website, serving government agencies and public sector employees.

This includes the “Eltizam” (commitment) service to provide human resources data including personnel data, jobs, salaries, qualifications, leave and performance evaluation.

There is also the “My Career Data” platform, which enables civil servants and human resources specialists to review and correct data, providing access to historical career records and administrative transactions.

King Salman recently issued directives to government agencies to complete electronic connectivity with the Ministry of Civil Service, to provide human resources data within 120 days.

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What is Yesser?

It is a program that works as a link among Saudi government agencies in their e-transition journey. Yesser establishes, develops and manages several e-government initiatives and products in Saudi Arabia using the highest technical and security standards.