Pompeo speaks to Saudi, Egyptian counterparts on regional issues

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a phone call to his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, to discuss regional issues. (File/AFP)
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosts a bilateral meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at the Department of State. (File/US Embassy in Egypt)
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Updated 27 September 2020

Pompeo speaks to Saudi, Egyptian counterparts on regional issues

  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Pompeo reviewed G20 efforts
  • Pompeo, Shoukry discussed Libya and Middle East peace process

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call on Sunday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
During the call, they discussed bilateral relations and the strategic partnership between the two countries, Saudi Press Agency reported.
They also discussed joint coordination on dealing with regional and international developments, and the position of both countries regarding them.
They also reviewed the efforts of the G20 countries, of which the Kingdom holds this year’s presidency and is set to host the annual summit on Nov. 21-22.
Pompeo also held a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to discuss the “dimensions of their bilateral strategic relations,” as well as a number of regional and international issues of common interest, Egypt’s state-run MENA said.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said the two ministers also emphasized their common grounds in many regional and international issues.
Among them was the Libyan crisis, where Shoukry said that his country was communicating with various Libyan parties to implement the cease-fire and preserve the unity of Libya and its institutions.
Shoukry also said Egypt supports the Palestinian-Israeli peace process based on a two-state solution.
Hafez said that Shukri and Pompeo stressed the need for continued coordination on all issues of interest to Egypt and the US during the coming period, “especially in light of the challenges and the multiple crises afflicting the region.”


Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.