US consul general meets OIC chief in Jeddah

US consul general meets OIC chief in Jeddah
Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, received Ryan M. Gliha, the US consul general in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Updated 06 October 2020

US consul general meets OIC chief in Jeddah

US consul general meets OIC chief in Jeddah
  • The OIC on Monday praised the vigilance of the Moroccan security agencies and the way they successfully dismantled a terrorist cell in Tangiers

Ryan M. Gliha, the US consul general in Jeddah, called on the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, at his office on Monday.
Gliha is also the American official representative to the OIC. During the meeting, they discussed OIC-US strategic dialogue and explored prospects for greater cooperation. They affirmed mutual desire to boost bilateral relations and constructive dialogue.
The US engages with the OIC on key regional and multilateral priority areas and seeks to build partnerships in areas of mutual interest.
The two sides work on conflict resolution activities in various regions, seeking to identify peaceful solutions to disputes.
The US also works with the organization to build international support to counter violent extremism.
The OIC on Monday praised the vigilance of the Moroccan security agencies and the way they successfully dismantled a terrorist cell in Tangiers.
The OIC said it supported all anti-terrorism measures taken by Morocco.


Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Updated 02 December 2020

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators
  • Results ranked Kingdom ahead of five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s progress has led to the Kingdom ranking first among G20 nations for safety, outperforming the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), international safety indicators showed on Wednesday.

The results were revealed through five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 (SDG Index 2020).

The SDG index ranked the Kingdom first among G20 nations, and ahead of the five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France — in the percentage of population who feel safe walking alone at night. Saudi Arabia also performed better than Canada within the G20 countries.

Saudi Arabia also ranked first in the reliability of police services index; an indicator which measures public confidence in law enforcement and its success in achieving order and safety. The Kingdom topped the G20, and surpassed the five permanent UNSC members in this index as well.

The Kingdom also outperformed the five UNSC countries in an index measuring the effectiveness of combating organized crime, as stated by the Global Competitiveness Report 2019. Saudi Arabia came in second in the same index among G20 nations.

The Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum also showed that the Kingdom advanced three positions, now ranking 36 globally in international competitiveness.

The report pointed out the Kingdom’s energetic steps forward to diversify its economy, with expectations of growth in the non-oil sector. The report also discussed the emergence of more investments outside the mining industry within the public and private sectors in the next few years.

The report commended the Kingdom's strong determination to undertake structural reforms, its widespread adoption of communication technology, and its high potential for innovation, especially in terms of patent registration.