Saudi Arabia welcomes US plan to designate Houthis a terrorist organization

The Iran-backed Houthi militia, officially called Ansar Allah, has committed war crimes and violations against the Yemeni people, and has also launched repeated attacks toward Saudi Arabia. (File/AP)
The Iran-backed Houthi militia, officially called Ansar Allah, has committed war crimes and violations against the Yemeni people, and has also launched repeated attacks toward Saudi Arabia. (File/AP)
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Updated 11 January 2021

Saudi Arabia welcomes US plan to designate Houthis a terrorist organization

Saudi Arabia welcomes US plan to designate Houthis a terrorist organization
  • Pompeo said he also intends to designate three Houthi leaders
  • The action will come into effect on Jan. 19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday welcomed a US announcement that it plans to designate the Iran-backed Houthis as a terrorist organization.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Sunday that the Trump administration will blacklist the Yemeni militia on Jan. 19.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the move would help the Yemeni people, improve international security and neutralize the Houthi threat.

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The designation would “help end the dangers it (the Houthis) poses, which have led to the deteriorating humanitarian situation of the Yemeni people, and the continuing threats to international peace and security and the world economy,” the ministry said.
Supplies of missiles, drones, other weapons and funds to finance the Houthis’ war would also be cut off, helping stop the militia from “targeting the Yemeni people and threatening international navigation and neighboring countries.”
Since seizing the capital Sanaa in 2014 and sparking the conflict with Yemen’s internationally recognized government, the Houthis have repeatedly attacked Saudi Arabia’s cities and infrastructure with missiles and explosive drones. It has also been accused of attacking shipping near some of the world’s busiest sea lanes off Yemen’s coast.

Pompeo said he intends to designate three Houthi leaders, including Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, Abd Al-Khaliq Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim as “specially designated global terrorists.”
The action will come into effect one day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Saudi Arabia said it hoped Washington’s move would support existing political efforts to resolve the conflict and force the Houthis to return to the negotiating table.
The ministry said the Kingdom also supported UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, in his work to end the war and reach a comprehensive political solution.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman met with Griffiths on Monday to discuss developments in Yemen and the Kingdom’s humanitarian response.

“I assured the envoy of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to reach a comprehensive political resolution according to the three references, which will ensure peace and stability for Yemen and the region,” he tweeted.
The UAE, which is part of a coalition with Saudi Arabia supporting the Yemeni government, also welcomed the plans.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the group had sparked violence and chaos and led to the tragic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
“It is necessary to put an end to the grave violations the militia commits against the Yemeni people, and to confront its continued insistence on destabilizing security and stability in the region, and implementing the Iranian regime’s agenda,” he said in a tweet.
Bahrain’s foreign ministry said it commends the “great efforts” made by the US toward achieving security, stability and peace in the region and combating terrorism.
The ministry called on the international community to take similar measures against the group, which it said attacks the Yemeni people and neighboring countries and threatens international shipping.


Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
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Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
  • The civil defense warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.

RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia starting on Wednesday and lasting until Friday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Tuesday.
The authority warned of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds in the capital Jazan, Asir, Al-Baha, and Makkah on Wednesday and Thursday. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.
The civil defense also warned of thunderstorms with light to medium rain and in Madinah, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders Province, Al-Jawf, and the Eastern Province.
The warnings were issued based on data received from the National Center of Meteorology.
The civil defense called on everyone to exercise caution, be wary of the severe conditions, stay away from places that could flood, and to abide by the civil defense’s instructions and updates announced through media and social media outlets.


Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum
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Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum
  • They reviewed bilateral relation and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday held talks with his Bahraini counterpart Prince Salman bin Hamad, on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative Forum in the capital, Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two countries and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Bahraini Minister of Finance and National Economy Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa also attended the meeting.


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases
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Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases
  • The health ministry says 38 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours
  • Municipalities close four businesses and issue fines to 171 others for violating precautionary measures

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,782.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 65 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,368 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 70 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 27, followed by Jeddah with 14, Makkah recorded four, and Madinah and Quwayiyah recorded two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 38 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,376.
Over 45.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 21.2 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Saudi municipalities have also ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 2,582 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past two days. Authorities found 171 violations and closed four businesses for not adhering to the precautionary measures.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 245 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.97 million.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Greek PM discuss boosting relations

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Greek PM discuss boosting relations

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
  • They discussed opportunities to enhance prospects for cooperation in various fields
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived in the Kingdom on Monday to attend the Middle East Green Initiative Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the capital, Riyadh, to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations.
At the beginning of the meeting, the crown prince welcomed the Greek premier to the Kingdom, while Mitsotakis said he was happy to visit the Kingdom and meet the crown prince.
During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two countries, and discussed opportunities to enhance prospects for cooperation in various fields.
They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of concern for their two countries, “in a way that contributes to supporting and strengthening security and stability in the region,” Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.
Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, and Minister of Investment and head of the Saudi delegation to the Saudi-Greek Committee Khalid Al-Falih also attended the meeting, which was held at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace.
Mitsotakis arrived in the Kingdom on Monday to attend the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, which was launched by the crown prince, and comes one week before world leaders are set to gather for the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland.


Georgetown University Qiyadat Global holds a graduation ceremony for over 200 female leaders 

Georgetown University Qiyadat Global holds a graduation ceremony for over 200 female leaders 
Updated 26 October 2021

Georgetown University Qiyadat Global holds a graduation ceremony for over 200 female leaders 

Georgetown University Qiyadat Global holds a graduation ceremony for over 200 female leaders 
  • Qiyadat Global is an international year-long program that aims to empower and create female leaders from 20 different countries

RIYADH: Qiyadat Global held a graduation ceremony celebrating the class of 202 graduating female leaders in partnership with Georgetown University

Qiyadat Global is an international year-long program that aims to empower and create female leaders from 20 different countries.

In partnership with Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C. the program aims to address the demand for female leaders.

“We had 2,000 applicants so it is as competitive as an Ivy League or the best universities anywhere in the world. It’s a symbol and signal of how hungry women are to lead and to have an impact on their communities,” said Michael Boyer O’Leary, senior associate dean for custom executive education. 

Learning about leadership styles, emotional intelligence, and common challenges, the program supplies its students with the necessary tools to become successful female leaders.

More than 200 women have taken part in the global program in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

The theme of this year’s program was “empower to impact.”

Qiyadat Global is the first collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Georgetown University.

Each of the students who graduated from the program received a full scholarship through sponsorship from companies such as Saudi Aramco, Sabic, Bupa, Banquet Saudi Fransi, and SRMG. 

Diversity and inclusion was a key goal throughout the entire program, said the founder and executive director of Qiyadat Global, Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan. 

The Qiyadat program does not only give women the tools to be powerful and successful leaders, it also connects them to a global group of business women and leaders that can share their unique and diverse insights and experiences. 

“I come from Japan, and Japanese women are very shy and they don’t express their emotions strongly. Before coming to the Kingdom, I assumed that Saudi women were shy as well,” Akiko Fukumoto, COO and CPO of Matsuhisa and a graduate from Qiyadat, told Arab News. 

“But after coming here I saw that Saudi women are very energetic and love to express their feelings and they love to talk, they love to encourage each other, and I want to bring this passion and energy from these ladies back to Japan with me,” Fukumoto said. 

She said that she would take the lessons she learned from some of her fellow Saudi classmates and incorporate them into her daily work life in Japan. 

Ingrid Naranjo, a graduate of the program and an investment banker in Dubai, told Arab News about her experience and how she implemented lessons from her program to protect women. 

“Through the program, I learned about common mistakes I was making as a leader. I have always cared about women’s empowerment and inclusion,” said Naranjo. 

“The program empowered me to find my voice and fight for a change in women’s rights and protection from abuse through the foundation I started in Ecuador,” Naranjo added. 

In August 2020, Ingrid launched the RAW Global Women Foundation to stop abuse against women and protect and empower them through education. 

“I want the world to know the atrocities against women and girls that happen in my country and to end it through education,” said Naranjo.  

Qiyadat Global has the power to not only create successful women, but global leaders who impact generations of young women. 

The team of Georgetown professors said that they are committed to educating the women of the future. 

During the closing of the graduation ceremony, the professors announced that there will be a second edition of the Qiyadat Global program. This next edition will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person lectures in Washington to ensure the highest level of inclusivity and diversity from women around the world. O’Leary told Arab News that there will be in-person modules in Washington at Georgetown’s campus and modules delivered in the Kingdom.

“We at Georgetown are honored to be a part of Saudi Arabia’s strategy empower to honor, and it is my distinct honor to announce the extension of the Qiyadat Global women’s leadership program for 2022,” said Prof. Brooks Holtom, the senior associate dean for strategy, finance, and organization.