Ball in Houthis’ court, says Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy Al-Mouallimi

Ball in Houthis’ court, says Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy Al-Mouallimi
The Houthis need to come out clearly and accept the Saudi initiative, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 24 March 2021

Ball in Houthis’ court, says Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy Al-Mouallimi

Ball in Houthis’ court, says Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy Al-Mouallimi
  • Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN welcomes the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to initiative
  • If the rebels ‘care for the Yemeni people, then they should come forward and negotiate in good faith,’ he adds

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, on Tuesday welcomed the “overwhelmingly positive” international reaction to the Kingdom’s plan to end the war in Yemen and said the “ball is in the Houthis’ court.”
“We have had statements of support from numerous countries and from their missions here in New York,” Al-Mouallimi said during an interview with Arab News.
“We’ve had a statement of support from the (UN) secretary-general (Antonio Guterres) personally, and we have been receiving more and more indications of support from all concerned parties.

“So it has been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to being able to translate that momentum into action on the ground, and into steps that the Houthis will be willing to take in response to the international call for peace.”
Foreign minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan announced the Saudi peace initiative on Monday. It calls for a UN-supervised nationwide ceasefire, the reopening of Sanaa airport to civilian air traffic, and the resumption of negotiations to reach a political resolution to the long-running conflict.
Al-Mouallimi said his country expects the international community to send a clear message to the Houthi rebels that they must avoid “procrastination and looking for excuses.”

He added: “The only party that will be hurt as a result of any delay in the peace process is going to be the Yemeni people. And if (the Houthis) care for the Yemeni people, then they should come forward and negotiate in good faith with their Yemeni partners in the national government and … try to reach an equitable solution that includes all components of the Yemeni people.
“The ball is in the Houthis’ court. They need to come out clearly and accept the Saudi initiative. They need to come clean and not give priority to the interests of outside parties, but rather to the interest of the Yemeni people. That’s where the ball lies and that’s where we are waiting to see if we have a partner for peace or not.”

Al-Mouallimi declined to speculate about possible options should the Houthis fail to respond in good faith, stating that such a discussion at this time would not be consistent with the spirit of the peace plan.
“What we are trying to do is to achieve a positive response to this initiative to get support, widespread support, for it internationally and hopefully to emphasize the positive aspects and move forward,” he said.
“We don’t want to use statements that may be conceived or perceived as threats or ultimatums because we think that the Houthis should come willingly and should come positively to the negotiating table.”

Earlier on Tuesday Guterres thanked the Kingdom for its support of UN peace efforts and urged all sides to take this opportunity to pursue peace by working with his special envoy, Martin Griffiths, on ways to proceed “in good faith and without preconditions.”
The UN chief also reiterated that “all actors and stakeholders must do their utmost to facilitate an immediate agreement that brings Yemen back to a path toward peace.”
Praise and support for the Saudi initiative, along with calls on the Houthis to agree a ceasefire and take part in negotiations to end the conflict, has poured in from around the world, including the EU, the UK, the US and Gulf Cooperation Council nations.

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Saudi Arabia to stage global cybersecurity forum in February

Saudi Arabia to stage global cybersecurity forum in February
Updated 16 September 2021

Saudi Arabia to stage global cybersecurity forum in February

Saudi Arabia to stage global cybersecurity forum in February
  • The Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority will stage the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh from Feb. 1 to 2
  • The 2022 version of the forum follows on from the success of its first virtual dialogue held on April 7

JEDDAH: Experts from around the world are to take part in a major cybersecurity conference being held in Saudi Arabia next year.

The Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority will stage the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh from Feb. 1 to 2 under the patronage of King Salman and the title, “Rethinking the Global Cyber Order.”

A host of prominent speakers are being lined up to address the meeting which will be attended by key decision and policy makers, executives, and experts representing a range of international companies, organizations, government sectors, and NGOs.

The forum aims to push knowledge boundaries on core cybersecurity topics, encourage investment, build on existing foundations for global cooperation in cyberspace, and catalyze socioeconomic change.

Discussions and sessions will cover sub-themes including the evolving international order in cyberspace, current and future cybersecurity threats, and emerging technologies to combat them, human dimensions of cybersecurity in the future of work, leveraging market forces and economic incentives, and strengthening human-centric cybersecurity.

The 2022 version of the forum follows on from the success of its first virtual dialogue held on April 7 that attracted more than 250,000 individuals from at least 100 countries.

The first session of the Global Cybersecurity Forum was held in February last year, during Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency, when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adopted international initiatives to protect children in cyberspace and empower women in cybersecurity.

Further information is available on the forum’s official website at https://globalcybersecurityforum.com.


Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 16 September 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 535,309
  • A total of 8,645 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced five deaths from COVID-19 and 85 new infections on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 20 were recorded in Makkah, 19 in Riyadh, nine in Madinah, nine in the Eastern Province, five in Jazan, four in Najran, three in Asir, three in the Northern Borders region, two in Al-Jouf, two in Hail, two in Tabuk and one in Al-Baha.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 535,309 after 49 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,645 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 40.2 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Riyadh book fair set to kick off next month

Riyadh book fair set to kick off next month
Updated 16 September 2021

Riyadh book fair set to kick off next month

Riyadh book fair set to kick off next month
  • Organizers cut costs to expand global participation in the major publishing event

RIYADH: The Riyadh International Book Fair, one of the region’s largest cultural events, will open on Oct. 1 at Riyadh Front with the participation of Arab and global publishing houses.

Iraq will be the guest of honor at the 10-day international cultural fair.

The new session of the fair, being supervised by the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, will see a significant expansion of activities and events, representing 16 cultural sectors.

The commission has offered a 50 percent discount on space rent to publishing houses from around the world, dropping shipping costs and establishing an e-store and e-selling points for all publishers.

Saudi Cultural Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said that the books, publishing, language, translation and literature sectors receive great support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He said that the fair is an important cultural event in the publishing industry, adding that it highlights Saudi creativity and stimulates cultural participation and trade cooperation, so that Saudi Arabia can become a global gateway for the publishing sector.

The Riyadh International Book Fair will include for the first time an international conference for publishers on Oct. 4 and 5 to strengthen communication between local, Arab and international publishing houses, activate partnerships between related institutions and companies, and sustainably enrich the regional scene through discussion sessions, interactive activities, workshops and seminars.

The fair will include cultural and literary symposiums, poetry and art readings, discussion panels, interactive activities, and diversified workshops in the fields of art, reading, writing, publishing, book making, and translation.


Who’s Who: Abdulmohsen bin Hussain Al-Mushait, Saudi Institute of Public Administration chief in Asir region

Who’s Who: Abdulmohsen bin Hussain Al-Mushait, Saudi Institute of Public Administration chief in Asir region
Updated 16 September 2021

Who’s Who: Abdulmohsen bin Hussain Al-Mushait, Saudi Institute of Public Administration chief in Asir region

Who’s Who: Abdulmohsen bin Hussain Al-Mushait, Saudi Institute of Public Administration chief in Asir region

Abdulmohsen bin Hussain Al-Mushait has been the director general of the Asir region’s branches of the Institute of Public Administration since 2018.

Al-Mushait received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994 from the college of administration and economics of King Abdulaziz University. 

In 1997, he completed his postgraduate studies in business education at the IPA, specializing in office management.

Prior to his recent position he worked for four years as the director general of the general administration of printing and publishing at the IPA in Riyadh. From 2002 to 2008 he directed the publishing department at the same institute, where he was also a coordinator of numerous preparatory and training programs.

He served as the general supervisor of the institute’s internal and external publishing and book fairs for 10 years from 2002.

He has attended many training courses, seminars and conferences inside Saudi Arabia and abroad. He has been a member — and on some cases chair — of numerous training and development committees of the IPA.

Al-Mushait has conducted some 6,000 training hours, preparatory programs and seminars at the IPA, where he has developed several programs.

For his outstanding contributions and achievements, Al-Mushait was awarded the King Abdulaziz Medal of the third class. He has also received many national and international certificates of thanks and appreciation.

He is a member of numerous committees in the administrative governorate of the Asir region, where he served as chairman
of the housing committee for several years.


Saudi Arabia launches new healthcare model program

Saudi Arabia launches new healthcare model program
Updated 16 September 2021

Saudi Arabia launches new healthcare model program

Saudi Arabia launches new healthcare model program
  • Makken’ Healthcare Model Program will activate a transformation by task-shifting a selection of valued employees in the ministry of health
  • Dr. Sami Al-Solami, CEO of the Health Academy, said the project includes international partnerships with educational institutions and universities

JEDDAH: The “Makken” Healthcare Model Program was inaugurated on Wednesday to prepare the working force and build competencies within the health communities in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Sami Al-Solami, CEO of the Health Academy, said the project was aligned with health practitioners and that a platform was launched to introduce the healthcare program to the public.

“Makken training will activate a healthcare transformation by task-shifting a selection of valued employees in the Ministry of Health to roles within the new model,” Al-Solami told Arab News.

“We are aiming to provide the best quality of health services that will have a positive impact on the health of the citizens.”

The program was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, who is also the chairman of the board of trustees at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. The inauguration was held at the commission’s headquarters in Riyadh.

Al-Solami said the “Makken” program passes through four stages: The program, the readiness of the health communities, the trainer, and the trainees. He also noted the program includes international partnerships with educational institutions and universities.

Al-Rabiah said training and developing the health cadres will be an integral part of the healthcare program to elevate the overall system in the Kingdom.

“We are passing through a big transformation period for the healthcare system, and this transformation necessitates training and preparation for a new healthcare model and its requirements,” he said. “We need a different expertise and work style that ensures the efficiency of the healthcare system.”

Al-Rabiah thanked the Health Academy for its efforts in the new healthcare model, developing the training centers in the health communities, and the continued preparation and training of the health cadres.

In addition, he thanked the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, which founded the Healthcare Academy, and the Health Holding Company.

“We support this training and work jointly to achieve the estimated benefit and expand it in the upcoming period,” Al-Rabiah said.

Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Saghir, CEO of the Health Holding Company, said the idea of Makken is an extension of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in empowering individuals to oversee their own personal health.