Saudi Arabia says it supports Afghan reconciliation process

Saudi Arabia says it supports Afghan reconciliation process
Delegates attend talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar Sept. 12, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia says it supports Afghan reconciliation process

Saudi Arabia says it supports Afghan reconciliation process
  • Saudi government has been following the recent reconciliation talks
  • Afghan peace talks began last week in Doha

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it expresses its support for the Afghan reconciliation process, state news agency SPA reported.
The Saudi government has been following the recent reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement, the statement said.
The Kingdom said it supports everything that would achieve security, stability and reduce violence in Afghanistan.
“The Kingdom was and remains with Afghanistan and the Afghan people to achieve all their hopes and aspirations,” the statement added.
Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents gathered on Sept. 12 in Qatar for historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians.
However, a week into the talks, both sides remain far apart on even the most basic issues.
Despite the difficulties, the talks are the best hope for peace in years and come as a result of a February pact between the Taliban and the United States, allowing US forces to withdraw in exchange for Taliban promises on terrorism.
(With Reuters)


Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation

Updated 05 December 2020

Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation

Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation

Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz was recently appointed president of the West Asian Triathlon Federation (WATF).

The federation’s general assembly on Friday recommended the prince, who is vice president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC), president of the Saudi Triathlon Federation and chairman of the Saudi Camel Federation, to chair the organization.

Prince Fahd graduated from Riyadh Schools in 2003 and attended King Saud University to study for a bachelor’s degree in law. He obtained an MBA in international relations from the University of Wales in 2012 and, three years later, received an executive master’s degree in sports organization management from Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Prince Fahd was the president’s adviser of international relations at the Saudi Sports Authority between 2015 and 2017. Between 2007 and 2014 he was a legal adviser and an international relations adviser at the Ministry of Sport, previously known as the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

In November 2016 Prince Fahd became the president’s adviser of Olympic Committees and Federations at the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, and a member of International Relations Commission at the union. He is also a member of the international relations committee at the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Following his WATF appointment Prince Fahd thanked the general assembly members for their confidence, saying that he would shoulder “this great responsibility” to better serve the triathlon in West Asia.