Saudi Arabia hails US raid that killed Al-Baghdadi

Trump said Al-Baghdadi died in north-west Syria. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 October 2019

Saudi Arabia hails US raid that killed Al-Baghdadi

  • Kingdom says Daesh leader distorted real image of Islam
  • Saudi Arabia appreciates the "great efforts" of the US in pursuing Daesh members

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday hailed the killing of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi who had "distorted" the image of Islam, and hailed his killing.

Al-Baghdadi was killed by US special forces in northwest Syria and "died a coward" by blowing himself up after he was cornered in a tunnel, Donald Trump said Sunday. 

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"The Saudi government appreciates the great efforts of the US administration in pursuing the members of this dangerous terrorist organization, which distorted the true image of Islam and Muslims around the world and committed atrocities and crimes that contradict the most basic human values in many countries including the Kingdom," Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The ministry said the Kingdom  "is continuing its efforts with its allies, led by the United States of America, in combating terrorism, drying up its sources and confronting its dangerous criminal ideology."

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Donald Trump said Al-Baghdadi was killed during a night time raid.

“The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, panic and dread, terrified of the American forces coming down on him," the US president said in a televised address to the nation from the White House.

 


Saudi Arabia health care summit to accelerate global COVID-19 fight

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia health care summit to accelerate global COVID-19 fight

  • Representatives from the World Health Organization, UK National Health Service, IBM and many other industry leaders to speak at online event.
  • The ‘Riyadh Declaration’ will provide a roadmap for using digital innovations to fight this pandemic and those of the future.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will this month host one of the world’s largest health care summits that aims to unite global efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The event will bring together health care leaders and innovators from across the world to foster new collaborations and discuss the vital role of digital health in fighting pandemics.

Taking place online on Aug. 11-12, the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit (RGDHS) will host directors from the World Health Organization and the UK’s National Health Service, IBM’s chief health officer, and Australia’s deputy chief medical officer.

The event’s flagship talk will be hosted by the Kingdom’s Minister of Health Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah, and will introduce the “Riyadh Declaration” — a roadmap for accelerating digital health innovations to fight the current and future pandemics.

Dr. Bandar Al-Knawy, president of the RGDHS, said the event was far more than a health care conference.

“It is a global digital platform bringing together people who have the ability to work collaboratively to accelerate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Health care professionals must now seize this opportunity to build on previous strides forward in digital health.”