Saudi G20 presidency empowered civil societies, Secretariat member says

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G20 Saudi Secretariat member Reem Al-Faryan speaks at a media briefing on November 20,2020. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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G20 Saudi Secretariat member Reem Al-Faryan speaks at a media briefing on November 20,2020. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Updated 20 November 2020

Saudi G20 presidency empowered civil societies, Secretariat member says

  • Al-Faryan said the new department was created to allow engagement groups to maximize participation
  • The engagement groups had over 200 interactions with the G20, she said

DUBAI: The Group of Twenty (G20) presidency of Saudi Arabia has empowered civil societies by creating a support group that is making sure they have access to crucial resources throughout the summit, a G20 Saudi Secretariat member said.
Reem Al-Faryan said the new department, the first of its kind, was created early in Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency to allow engagement groups — from civil societies to private sectors — to maximize their participation.
“The role of our team was to provide them with access to information and meetings,” she added.
Al-Faryan, who spoke at a briefing ahead of the Leaders’ Summit in Riyadh, said the Saudi G20 presidency has placed a high value on providing engagement groups access to G20 discussions.
“If you want to empower them, give them access to the discussion table,” she said.
The engagement groups had over 200 interactions with the G20, which included top officials participating in meetings and events hosted by the groups, according to Al-Faryan.
She also noted the active participation of the engagement groups through a high volume of policy recommendations and public statements.
Al-Faryan said Saudi Arabia’s commitment to these engagement groups reflected the Kingdom’s vision to empower vulnerable sectors of society, including women and youth.
“This is how our leadership would like to see the people of Saudi Arabia — empowered,” she emphasized.


Saudi Energy Ministry: Jeddah facility operating normally despite Houthi attack

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Saudi Energy Ministry: Jeddah facility operating normally despite Houthi attack

  • The incident did not result in any losses in petroleum products, a ministry source said

RIYADH: Operations at a fuel distribution station near Jeddah are continuing as normal after a missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia, the Saudi energy ministry said on Tuesday.
The incident did not result in any losses in petroleum products, a ministry official told Al Arabiya television.
A fire broke out on Monday at a fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution station, north of Jeddah, as a result of a “terrorist projectile” launched from Yemen.
The Arab coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen confirmed that it had evidence the missile was launched by the Iran-backed Houthis.