Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill

A general view of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline, about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. (File/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant/AFP)
A general view of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline, about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. (File/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant/AFP)
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Updated 27 October 2021

Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill

Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill
  • The 36-hour exercise was one of the most complex emergency exercise organized by the IAEA in terms of the diversity of procedures
  • 76 countries and 12 international organizations participated in the ConvEx-3 exercise

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia took part in an international exercise organized by the UN nuclear watchdog agency to practice for a severe nuclear emergency.
The ConvEx-3 drill was held at the UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant on Tuesday and included 76 member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in addition to 12 international organizations, SPA reported.
The 36-hour exercise was one of the most complex emergency exercise organized by the IAEA in terms of the diversity of procedures.
The exercise tested the national system for preparedness and response to a nuclear emergency. It also highlighted the Kingdom’s capabilities to respond to this type of nuclear accident at the international level.
The event was held under the chairmanship of the General Directorate of Civil Defense.
As a result of the drill, recommendations included a number of procedures related to communication with the Saudi embassy in the UAE and foreign embassies inside the Kingdom. 
They also included tightening security measures at Al-Batha port on the Saudi-Emirati border, and intensifying operations to monitor contaminated food and goods entering and leaving through the port.


Saudi FM meets Argentine Parliament Speaker in Buenos Aires

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Argentine Parliament Speaker Sergio Tomas Massa in Buenos Aires. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Argentine Parliament Speaker Sergio Tomas Massa in Buenos Aires. (SPA)
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Saudi FM meets Argentine Parliament Speaker in Buenos Aires

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Argentine Parliament Speaker Sergio Tomas Massa in Buenos Aires. (SPA)
  • Saudi minister stressed that the Kingdom is keen to strengthen relations with Argentina and enhance joint coordination

BUENOS AIRES: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Saturday met Argentine Parliament Speaker Sergio Tomas Massa during his official visit to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. During the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in all areas of joint cooperation.
The Saudi minister stressed that the Kingdom is keen to strengthen relations with Argentina and enhance joint coordination in the political, development and investment fields, especially in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan.
In turn, Massa welcomed Prince Faisal and hailed his visit to Argentina, which he described as a “mission to shift bilateral relations towards broader horizons.”
The meeting tackled the importance of intensifying parliamentary cooperation and civil society organization in both countries, in order to promote dialogue between different civilizations and cultures.


Saudi Arabia welcomes Australia’s designation of Hezbollah as terrorist organization

Saudi Arabia welcomes Australia’s designation of Hezbollah as terrorist organization
Updated 5 min 10 sec ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes Australia’s designation of Hezbollah as terrorist organization

Saudi Arabia welcomes Australia’s designation of Hezbollah as terrorist organization
  • Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add the group to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Saturday welcomed Australia’s intention to designate Hezbollah, both its political and military wings, as a terrorist organization.

Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add the group to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations.

The Kingdom’s foreign ministry said the step was important in enhancing international peace and security, and urged the international community to take a similar stance to confront terrorism and terrorist groups around the world.


Who’s Who: Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat, mayor of the Qassim region

Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat. (Supplied)
Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat. (Supplied)
Updated 7 min 32 sec ago

Who’s Who: Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat, mayor of the Qassim region

Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat. (Supplied)

Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat was recently appointed mayor of the Qassim region following a royal decree.
Prior to his new position, Al-Suwat served as the mayor of the Baha region for nearly four years beginning in 2017.
A few days before his recent appointment, the municipality of Baha was ranked fourth among 17 local municipalities on the digital transformation index issued by the Kingdom’s Digital Government Authority.
Before his work in Baha, he was head of Abqaiq mayoralty in the Eastern Province. He also served as the director of the urban planning department at the Eastern Province municipality, where he previously was the director of the project coordination department.
Al-Suwat, who has many research, scientific papers and studies published in both Arabic and English, was speaker at a number of conferences and meetings on urban and developmental issues. He presented a paper at the roundtable discussion sustainable cities alliance on the sidelines of the third UN-Habitat forum for green development, held in 2019 in Chengdu, China. 
When working for the Eastern Province municipality, he represented the municipality to the World Energy Cities Partnership, which connects leading energy cities on all continents that are committed to fostering the transition to a more sustainable energy future, held in 2012 at the WECP headquarters in Houston, in the US.
A year prior to that, he represented the Eastern Province mayor at the WECP annual meeting, held in Doha, Qatar.
Al-Suwat received a bachelor’s degree in 1995 from King Faisal University’s college of architecture and planning. Four years later, the university’s department of building engineering granted him a master’s in project management. In 2011, he obtained a Ph.D. in sustainable architecture from the college of architecture and planning of King Saud University.


Saudi Arabia to allow direct entry from all countries for single jabbed

Saudi Arabia to allow direct entry from all countries for single jabbed
Updated 27 November 2021

Saudi Arabia to allow direct entry from all countries for single jabbed

Saudi Arabia to allow direct entry from all countries for single jabbed

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow direct entry to travellers from all countries who have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of next Saturday.

The Kingdom’s interior ministry said that as of 1 a.m. on December 4, anyone who has had a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to enter provided they quarantine for three days on arrival.


Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 27 November 2021

Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces two more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 538,824
  • A total of 8,832 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced two deaths from COVID-19 and 29 new infections on Saturday.

Of the new cases, 11 were recorded in Riyadh, seven in  Jeddah, two in Madinah, and two in Makkah. Several other cities recorded one new case each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 538,824 after 40 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,832 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 47.2 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.