Deal signed for new US Embassy in Riyadh

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The agreement was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, overseen by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
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The agreement was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, overseen by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
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The agreement was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, overseen by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
Updated 15 November 2019

Deal signed for new US Embassy in Riyadh

  • The agreement was signed during the US Consulate’s celebration of the 243rd year of American independence at its new location in Jeddah’s Al-Muhammadiya district
  • Members of the American community, Saudi government officials and business leaders were in attendance

JEDDAH: The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid, and the CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority Dr. Fahad Mushayt, signed on Wednesday an agreement for the purchase of land for the US Embassy’s new compound in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter.

The agreement was signed during the US Consulate’s celebration of the 243rd year of American independence at its new location in Jeddah’s Al-Muhammadiya district.

The agreement will allow the US State Department to divert resources toward the construction and design of the new embassy.

Hosted by Abizaid and Consul General Ryan Gliha, the celebration’s guest of honor was Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz.

Members of the American community, Saudi government officials and business leaders were in attendance.

Since 1945, the US and Saudi Arabia “have stood together in the face of common threats, advanced prosperity and economic growth in both our countries and forged bonds of friendship through countless exchanges and joint endeavors,” Abizaid said.


Human rights officials visit 2,094 Saudi prisons

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Human rights officials visit 2,094 Saudi prisons

JEDDAH: Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) representatives made 2,094 visits to prisons and detention centers throughout the Kingdom in one year, according to a report by the organization.

HRC spokesperson, Norah Al-Haqbani, said that the aim of the visits was to ensure that convicts and detainees were being afforded their rights under Saudi laws and regulations.

The commission’s visits included 835 to detention centers, 614 to general prisons, 557 to security facilities, 49 to social observation centers, and 39 to care institutions for girls.

Al-Haqbani pointed out that huge progress had been made due to the ongoing replacement of paperwork by electronic processing, increased collaboration between authorities and agencies, and the introduction of new mechanisms to speed up procedures.

She noted the need for the swift completion of construction work on buildings to house categories of convicts and detainees requiring specific facilities.

The HRC carried out 414 visits to other government agencies in various regions of the Kingdom to detect violations of convicts and detainees’ rights, taking appropriate regulatory measures, Al-Haqbani said.

She added: “Visits were made to various institutions including 259 to shelters and social institutions, 117 to hospitals and health care centers, 20 to educational institutions, in addition to visits to other institutions.”