Saudi aid agency mobilizes global efforts to help children trapped in conflict

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Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah. (Supplied)
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Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah speaking at KSRelief virtual panel discussion on child protection. (Photo/Supplied)
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KSRelief organizes panels discussion on child protection from conflicts. (Photo/Supplied)
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Updated 19 February 2021

Saudi aid agency mobilizes global efforts to help children trapped in conflict

Saudi aid agency mobilizes global efforts to help children trapped in conflict
  • Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director, said in a video message that this approach is in line with the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers observed on Feb. 12

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) organized a virtual panel discussion titled “Child Soldiers are Victims, Not Soldiers” on Thursday, aiming to mobilize global efforts to combat exploitation of children in conflict situations.
“The recruitment of children is becoming a big challenge for the international community, and is affecting children not only in conflict zones but beyond,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the center’s supervisor general.
“This issue cannot be handled by one organization; it is the duty of the whole international community, including the UN and its agencies,” he added.
The center hopes, with the help of engaged partners, to offer sustainable solutions to bring this dangerous phenomenon to an end.
Al-Rabeeah said that the international community should “revisit what it does for refugees and displaced persons,” adding: “They need to work carefully and intelligently to change the cultural misconceptions about the mistreatment and exploitation of children in refugee camps.”
Virginia Gamba, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said: “We have a joint responsibility to protect children from hostilities so they can become positive agents of change in the future, and this starts by working together to build a more peaceful present now. Reintegration has never been more important.”
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director, said in a video message that this approach is in line with the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers observed on Feb. 12.
“We want to end the recruiting of children for conflicts, and call for more investment to support children and disengage them from conflicts,” she added.

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Child recruitment is designated as a war crime under international law.

Dr. Abdulmajeed Al-Banyan, president of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, said there is a need to understand how children can be lured into conflict as victims. “We need to address it with a holistic approach.”
Diene Keita, executive director for programs at the UN Population Fund deputy, said denial of dignity is one reason children are forced into conflict.
The speakers agreed that the use of language is crucial in this fight and the word “child soldiers” should not be used since they are “victims”, not soldiers, and are trapped in conflicts because of economic reasons, food insecurity and health problems.
Al-Rabeeah said that KSrelief is willing to provide a platform for the children, in partnership with the UN, to protect them from conflicts.
The second session was aimed at strengthening cooperation between interested and working parties to protect children from recruitment, and rehabilitate former victims.
Participants discussed major challenges and reviewed best practices to generate practical recommendations that will contribute to the development of future humanitarian action to eliminate child recruitment.
Dr. Hind Al-Khalifa, a member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, said that the Kingdom has signed a protocol to protect children. “It is important for children to know that we are there with them for their protection.”


DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties
Updated 20 min 4 sec ago

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

RIYADH: Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shahin Abdullayev recently held a meeting with the joint Saudi-Azerbaijani Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shoura Council in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The meeting was held under the co-chairmanship of Dr. Faiz Al-Shehri, member of the Shoura Council and head of the committee, and examined various ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially at the level of parliamentary relations between the Shoura Council and the Azerbaijani parliament.
Abdullayev wished the council success in its new session and expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s policies to enhance security, peace and stability in the Gulf region and beyond.
Al-Shehri ran through the Shoura Council’s organizational structure, and highlighted the importance of the diplomatic role played by parliamentary friendship committees.
Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan celebrated the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in February 2017.
The then-Azeri Ambassador in Riyadh Rasim Rzayev said at the time: “Azerbaijan and the Kingdom, two brotherly Muslim countries, have unique commonalities of a historical, religious and political nature.”
 


Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Updated 25 February 2021

Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif met Janet Alberda, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia, in Dammam on Wednesday.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and issues of common interest, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Alberda highlighted the development that the Eastern Province has been witnessing, and wished further progress and prosperity for the Kingdom.
The meeting was attended by the Saudi Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Sulaiman Al-Suhaimi.
Also on Wednesday, Prince Saud received the regional director of Al Arabiya channel, Mohammed Al-Hekmi, accompanied by a number of employees.
Prince Saud praised the role of the media in highlighting the societal and development accomplishments of the Kingdom in general and the Eastern Province in particular.
The media played an influential role and was an important means of communication, he said.
Earlier, Prince Saud met the US consul general in Dhahran, Nicholle Manz-Baazaoui. Issues of common interest and ways to promote relationships between the two countries were discussed.
Prince Saud stressed the solid ties between the two countries and their common vision on various topics.
He also highlighted the two countries’ joint work toward achieving security and peace in the region and the world, as well as their economic and cultural cooperation.
 


Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank

Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank
Updated 25 February 2021

Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank

Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank

Tareq Al-Sadhan has been president and CEO of Riyad Bank since April 2019. Before that, he served as the bank’s senior executive vice president from January 2018 to March 2019.
Al-Sadhan worked with KPMG Saudi Arabia, where he spent 18 years rising through the ranks to become one of the youngest partners in the firm’s history.
He was CEO/managing partner and chairman of the advisory committee during his last five years at the company.
Before his current position, Al-Sadhan worked in the Kingdom’s public sector in roles such as adviser to the chairman in the Saudi Fund for Development, acting director general at the General Authority for Zakat and Tax, and deputy governor for supervision at the Saudi Central Bank.
Al-Sadhan holds a bachelor’s degree in administration science from King Saud University, majoring in accounting (1997), and a master’s degree in business management from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, France (2007).
He gained a diploma in international business from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and a diploma in leadership development and strategy from INSEAD in 2010.
Al-Sadhan is a member of the 2020 World Economic Forum’s Stewardship Board for the Middle East and North Africa, and a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants.
He has been an audit committee member at the Public Investment Fund since March 2019, and an advisory board member at Mastercard since March 2018.


Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK
Updated 25 February 2021

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK
  • Prince Khalid bin Salman held a phone call with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held a phone call with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to discuss defense relations between both countries. 

“Had a good call with the United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to discuss defense relations between our two friendly countries, and our common interests in achieving regional and international stability,” Prince Khalid tweeted Wednesday.

In an interview last year with Al Arabiya, Wallace said the UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not restricted to selling weapons, but a strong defense partnership.


KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti

KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti
Updated 25 February 2021

KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti

KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has launched a voluntary medical campaign for specialized surgeries in Djibouti.

The center’s medical team has to date performed 41 urinary tract operations on children in the east African country and provided the necessary treatment for 60 other cases.

The health initiative is part of Saudi Arabia’s relief and humanitarian efforts, through the center, to help crisis-hit countries and the suffering of people around the world.