UAE foreign minister praises Saudi Arabia ahead of G20 summit

UAE foreign minister praises Saudi Arabia ahead of G20 summit
UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash wished Saudi Arabia ‘all sincere wishes for the success of the Riyadh summit.’ (File/AFP)
Short Url
Updated 20 November 2020

UAE foreign minister praises Saudi Arabia ahead of G20 summit

UAE foreign minister praises Saudi Arabia ahead of G20 summit
  • UAE foreign minister sends ‘sincere wishes” for success of G20
  • US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is attending, but it is not known if Trump will speak

DUBAI: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, has praised Saudi Arabia ahead of the G20 summit which will be hosted in the Kingdom over the next two days.

In a tweet posted on Friday, Gargash said Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the summit “confirms the central role of Riyadh in the region.”

And he added that it had “always been linked to stability, prosperity and concern for the Gulf, Arab and Islamic interests.”

 

The minister’s tweet finished adding “and from the UAE all sincere wishes for the success of the Riyadh summit for the sake of the world and humanity.”

World leaders will meet on Saturday and Sunday for the summit which is being hosted in Riyadh – although the build up has been held on a virtual format.

Speeches are expected from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin – US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will be at the summit – but it is not yet known if President Donald Trump will speak.


Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur
Updated 19 January 2021

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

JEDDAH: The death toll in a new tribal conflict in Sudan rose to 130 on Monday as clashes in West Darfur spread south.
At least 47 people were killed in South Darfur after 83 died and tens of thousands were displaced in West Darfur in the previous two days. It was the worst violence since a peace agreement last October raised hopes of an end to years of war.
Sudan has been undergoing a fragile transition since the removal from power of dictator Omar Bashir in April 2019 after mass protests against his rule.
The new bloodshed followed the end of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur on Dec. 31.
The aid group Save the Children warned: “In the chaos, we fear many children will have been separated from their parents, and will now be at risk of exploitation.” Its Sudan country director Arshad Malik said the many wounded had overwhelmed health centers, and injured and dying people were lying on the floors and corridors of hospitals.
“We call on all parties to the violence in West Darfur to lay down their arms immediately, before the situation gets out of control,” he said.
Authorities in Khartoum said they had sent a delegation to contain the situation. The UN secretary-general’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric urged them to “bring an end to the fighting.”