Saudi Arabia hosts ‘Sustainable Marine Development’ conference with IMO

“Sustainable Marine Development Towards 2030 and Beyond” conference will be held in Jeddah from November 5. (SPA)
Updated 06 November 2019

Saudi Arabia hosts ‘Sustainable Marine Development’ conference with IMO

  • Conference will take place in Jeddah
  • Saudi Arabia occupies a strategic location between three continents

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host an international conference between Nov. 5 and 8 titled “Sustainable Marine Development Towards 2030 and Beyond,” organized by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

It will take place at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel and will be attended by Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chairman of the PTA, Kitack Lim, secretary-general of the IMO, members of the organization and leaders of the maritime sector in the Kingdom.

Al-Rumaih stressed the importance of the support of the Kingdom’s leadership to the transport industry and maritime transport, noting that it has had a great impact on enhancing Saudi Arabia’s leading position on the international arena, as it ranks 23rd of 174 members in the IMO.

He added that the Saudi maritime fleet comprises 368 tankers and vessels, and plays a major role in the industry, which 90 percent of global trade relies on. This, he said, boosts the Kingdom’s leading role worldwide and its establishment as a leading logistic center.

Al-Rumaih pointed out that Saudi Arabia is proud of its permanent membership and pioneering partnership with the IMO and the organization of this important international conference for the first time in the Kingdom.

He said that the Kingdom’s leading position due its strategic location between three continents, and its outlook on the coasts of the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, a channel through which 13 percent of the world’s trade passes.

He closed his remarks by saying that the PTA, as the maritime authority regulating the transport industry in the Kingdom, is proud to host IMO member states to discuss the best ways to achieve sustainability in the shipping industry.

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.