Saudi Embassy in South Africa holds G20 reception

Trudi Makhaya (left), economic adviser to South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, was among those who attended the reception hosted by  Saudi Ambassador Sultan Al-Anqari in Pretoria. (right). (SPA photo)
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Updated 17 October 2020

Saudi Embassy in South Africa holds G20 reception

The Saudi ambassador to South Africa, Sultan Al-Anqari, held a reception on Saturday in the capital, Pretoria, followed by a working lunch on the occasion of the Kingdom’s assumption of the G20 presidency and the approaching G20 Summit in November.

In a speech, Al-Anqari emphasized the Kingdom’s leading role during its presidency of the G20, despite the difficult circumstances imposed by the coronavirus disease pandemic.

He pointed out that the pandemic had not prevented the Kingdom from playing its global role in facing this crisis.

“The Kingdom called for an extraordinary G20 summit, presided over by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, to coordinate international efforts to reduce the pandemic’s economic, health, and humanitarian impact,” he said.

The reception was attended by a number of prominent political and diplomatic figures, including the economic adviser to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Trudi Makhaya, the executive director of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Ibrahim Miyake, senior officials from South Africa’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, and the ambassadors of the G20 member states.


Saudi rights body signs deal to launch programs for prisoners’ rights

Updated 30 November 2020

Saudi rights body signs deal to launch programs for prisoners’ rights

  • Al-Awwad said teams from the commission regularly visit prisons and detention facilities to ensure the rights of inmates are protected

RIYADH: Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission, on Monday said the Kingdom attaches great importance to the rights of prisoners and provides them with comprehensive care through various rehabilitation programs to help them integrate into society and become productive citizens.

He was speaking at the signing ceremony of three memorandums understanding (MoUs) with the National Committee for Prisoners, their Families, and Ex-Convicts (Tarahum) in Riyadh.

Al-Awwad said teams from the commission regularly visit prisons and detention facilities to ensure the rights of inmates are protected.

He said the commission works with the General Directorate of Prisons to promote prisoners’ rights in line with national regulations and international and regional agreements.

The agreement envisages the establishment of three centers.

The first center will be set up to support alternative punishments; the second center will be dedicated to visual communication between prisoners and their families; and the third will design and implement awareness programs.

Tarahum Secretary-General Turki bin Abdullah Al-Bati said the MoUs will help widen the scope of the committee, which seeks to work for the betterment of society in cooperation with relevant authorities.