US envoy to Yemen Lenderking meets Saudi minister on first leg of Gulf tour

Nayef Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meets with UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Riyadh on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Twitter/@GCCSG)
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Nayef Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meets with UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Riyadh on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Twitter/@GCCSG)
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir received US envoy to Yemen Timothy Lenderking in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir received US envoy to Yemen Timothy Lenderking in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (SPA)
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Updated 24 February 2021

US envoy to Yemen Lenderking meets Saudi minister on first leg of Gulf tour

US envoy to Yemen Lenderking meets Saudi minister on first leg of Gulf tour
  • They discussed developments in Yemen and exchanged views on issues of common concern
  • Al-Hajraf emphasized the GCC’s firm position in supporting Yemen and strengthening security and stability throughout its territories

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met with US envoy to Yemen Timothy Lenderking in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday.
During the meeting, they discussed developments in Yemen and exchanged views on issues of common concern.
Al-Jubeir also briefed Lenderking on the Kingdom’s efforts toward supporting humanitarian operations in Yemen.
Newly-appointed veteran diplomat Lenderking began a regional tour on Monday that will take him to several Gulf countries where he will meet with senior government officials and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.
“Lenderking’s discussions will focus on the United States’ dual-track approach to end the conflict in Yemen: a lasting political solution and humanitarian relief for the Yemeni people,” the State Department said.
Lenderking also met with Yemeni foreign minister Ahmed bin Mubarak to discuss the Houthis military escalation and the dangers this poses on the peace process.
Bin Mubarak said the Houthi militia have become “addicted to the war” and have shown disregard to human lives, especially the children “who are thrown into their losing battles,” as they implement orders received from the Iranian regime with the aim of “destabilizing the security of Yemen and the region.”
He warned of the “great human cost” arising from their military escalation, their attacks on internally displaced people camps in Marib and the use of civilians as human shields “in flagrant violation of all international and humanitarian norms and laws.”
This requires the US and the international community to exert real pressure on the Houthi militias to force them to stop the violence and accept a political solution that achieves peace in Yemen, he told Lenderking.

Lenderking renewed Washington’s position on the need for the Houthis to stop all military operations in Marib and refrain from destabilizing actions in the country, adding that there is no military solution to the situation in Yemen.
Meanwhile, Nayef Al-Hajjraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met with UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Riyadh.
Al-Hajjraf emphasized the GCC’s firm position in supporting Yemen and strengthening security and stability throughout its territories.
He also said the bloc also supports the “efforts of the Yemeni government, which is carrying out its work from Aden despite all the challenges.”
During the meeting, Al-Hajjraf was briefed on the “efforts of the UN envoy and the international community toward pushing the political path to solve the Yemeni crisis, and the need for all parties to respond to those efforts for the good of Yemen and its people,” the GCC said in a statement.
The two sides also discussed the importance of coordinating in calling on the international community to pressure Yemen’s Houthi militia to stop its attack on Marib and targeting civilians and camps.
The Iran-backed Houthis launched an offensive on oil-rich Marib this month, despite international calls to stop, threatening catastrophe for civilians, including hundreds of thousands of displaced people sheltering in desolate camps in the region.
They also agreed on the need to allow a technical team to inspect the Safer oil tanker that has been moored in the Red Sea north of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, in order to avoid an imminent economic and environmental disaster.
“The two sides reviewed efforts to support Yemen, to achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people in various fields, and to work to enhance security and stability for Yemen and its people,” the statement added.


DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties
Updated 25 February 2021

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.