Saudi Arabia reviews areas of cooperation with allies

King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 30 October 2019

Saudi Arabia reviews areas of cooperation with allies

  • Cabinet underlines Saudi efforts to combat terror

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has been briefed by King Salman on the results of his talks with Swiss President Ueli Maurer. Opportunities for cooperation between the Kingdom and Switzerland were reviewed as well as ways of enhancing and developing relations between the two countries.
King Salman also briefed the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah Palace on the results of his meetings with King Abdullah of Jordan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reviewing cooperation with the Kingdom and regional and international developments.
The Cabinet expressed appreciation for the patronage by King Salman of the third Future Investment Initiative 2019.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said that the Cabinet reviewed the National Competitiveness Center report containing the results of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, which ranked the Kingdom first in the world in the number of reforms achieved and the most progress made among the (190) countries measured.
The Cabinet appreciated the role of government agencies involved in the implementation of economic reforms as well as the contribution of the private sector, which enhances the ability of the Kingdom to be among the most competitive countries in the world.
The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s appreciation of the US administration’s efforts in eliminating Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, stressing the Kingdom’s continued efforts with its allies, led by the US, to combat terrorism.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet appreciated the role of government agencies involved in the implementation of economic reforms as well as the contribution of the private sector.

• The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s appreciation of the US administration’s efforts in eliminating Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

He pointed to the announcement of the Arab Coalition Forces Command repositioning the coalition forces in Aden, to be led by Saudi Arabia. The move was within the framework of the Kingdom’s efforts to coordinate military and security operations in Yemen, and to enhance humanitarian and relief efforts and achieve security and stability there.
The Cabinet also welcomed the agreement reached between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to resume the work of the Technical Committee on the Renaissance Dam, to reach a final vision on the rules of filling and operating the dam, ensuring the interests of all parties and achieving sustainable development.
It also referred to the final resolutions of the Arab ministers responsible for environment, in its 31st session in Cairo, calling on Arab and regional organizations to continue exposing the systematic sabotage of the Arab environment in the occupied territories by the Israeli occupying forces and the need to mobilize international and Arab support for Arab causes.
The Cabinet also commended the efforts of the Arab Atomic Energy Agency in studying the potential effects of border and transboundary reactors on the Arab region and its environment, in particular the Israeli Dimona and Iranian Bushehr reactors, and follow up the monitoring of radioactive contamination in the Arab regions bordering Israel.
The Cabinet approved the Arab protocol to prevent and combat human trafficking and its protocol for prevention and combating maritime piracy and armed robbery, supplementing and completing the Arab convention against transnational organized crime. A royal decree was prepared in this regard.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.