Princess Haifa named Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to UNESCO

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Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, has been appointed Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia plays a prominent role in UNESCO and in November 2019 assumed membership in its Executive Council until 2023. (AFP)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Princess Haifa named Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to UNESCO

  • Princess Haifa worked as a lecturer at King Saud University from 2008 to 2009
  • The Kingdom plays a prominent role in UNESCO

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved the appointment of Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Mogrin, to be the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Princess Haifa worked as a lecturer at King Saud University from 2008 to 2009. She has held key positions at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, including assistant undersecretary for sustainable development affairs since December 2017, acting assistant undersecretary for G20 affairs since June 2018, and head of the Sustainable Development Goals Sector between 2016 and 2017.
In 2007, she obtained a master’s degree in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2000 from King Saud University in Riyadh.

The Kingdom plays a prominent role in UNESCO and in November 2019 assumed membership in its Executive Council until 2023.
Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said earlier that the Kingdom will seek to extend cooperation with all members of the Executive Council, as well as preserving Arab culture and heritage, supporting innovation and technology for sustainable social development, and working to promote a tolerant global society.


Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 22 January 2020

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.