Saudi and Jordanian foreign ministers condemn Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman. (SPA)
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Updated 04 January 2022

Saudi and Jordanian foreign ministers condemn Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi and Jordanian foreign ministers condemn Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia
  • The two ministers discussed Iran and strengthening cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism

RIYADH: The Saudi and Jordanian foreign ministers on Monday condemned attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militia against the Kingdom. 
The remarks were made at a joint press conference in Amman with Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi. 
The Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen have been launching near daily cross border attacks on Saudi Arabia’s southern region, the latest of which have been intercepted and destroyed by the Kingdom’s air defenses.
During their meeting, the two ministers discussed the importance of intensifying efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, freeing the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction, and strengthening cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism.

They also reviewed the recent developments in Afghanistan and the need to stand with the Afghan people during their humanitarian crisis.
The Saudi minister appreciated the efforts made by Jordan in supporting the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people in obtaining their rights.

Prince Faisal, who is on an official visit to Jordan, and Safadi also discussed “many regional and international issues of common interest, the most important of which is strengthening joint work and coordination in order to lay the foundations for security and stability in the Arab region and the Middle East,” the Saudi foreign ministry said.
Prince Faisal thanked Jordan for supporting the Kingdom’s request to host Expo 2030, while the Jordanian minister said that the Kingdom’s success in hosting the World Expo is seen as a success for his country, and enhances the prosperity and development of the Middle East region. 
Safadi also reaffirmed the Hashemite kingdom’s stance toward any threats to Saudi Arabia’s security, stability and territorial integrity.
The two sides also reviewed bilateral relations and ways of strengthening them in many areas.


Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies

Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies

Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies
  • The workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of communication with deaf people and those with hearing impairments

RIYADH: The Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organized a workshop for a variety of government sectors titled Fundamentals of communication in sign language” in Riyadh.

The workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of communication with deaf people and those with hearing impairments, as well as to raise awareness in government sectors about dealing and communicating with deaf people.

The workshop was attended by several government agencies, including the National Center for Events, the General Entertainment Authority, the National Center for Measuring the Performance of Public Agencies, the General Authority for Visual and Audiovisual Media, and many others.

The participants had hands-on experience with people with hearing impairments and how to communicate successfully with them.

This program also aims to create awareness among government agencies on the rights of people with hearing disabilities to achieve an inclusive society with sustainable service delivery.

The authority has worked on several awareness workshops for interacting with people with disabilities to achieve an inclusive society that promotes integration and is in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Saudi Vision 2030 objectives.

Sulaiman Alrumaikhan, a social communication manager at the authority, told Arab News: “The workshop … is a clear step toward ensuring the integration of people with disabilities into society.”

Sulaiman Alrumaikhan, a social communication manager at the Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities. (Supplied)

The establishment of such workshops has a tremendous impact on boosting awareness and, as a result, the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into the labor market and society, he added.

Alrumaikhan added that sign language could be used in various sectors by having their relevant authority train them in the language.


Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs

Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs

Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs
  • Program is divided into three subcategories covering key financial aspects of tourism establishments
  • It will run alongside the TDF Grow initiative, which assists startups

RIYADH: The Saudi Tourism Development Fund announced the launch of the Tourism Aid program to support 10,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the Kingdom, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The program is divided into three subcategories that cover key financial aspects of establishments in the industry: conducting trials, innovation and hospitality. 

Through the program, the TFD will provide both financial and non-financial assistance to SMEs with various goals, such as launching new commercial projects or expanding businesses through a tourism value chain approach. It will run alongside the TDF Grow initiative, which connects startup founders with leading local and international entities in the public and private sectors in order to drive economic impact and commercial opportunities. 

TDF Grow offers a variety of non-financial services to assist startups and strengthen their businesses by providing direct market access. It is constructing an innovative collaboration workspace in Riyadh to help develop a tourism industry that values partnerships and collaboration. 

TDF Grow’s pre-seed program also educates entrepreneurs on the most recent industry trends and enables them to conceptualize, navigate and validate the market relevance of their business. 

“Micro, small and medium enterprises are the backbone of all economies around the world, and often due to the limited resources and experience with this business model, they face challenges in developing their business and realizing their visions,” TFD CEO Qusai Al-Fakhri said. 

“The program, which we announced today, will help (enterprises) with opportunities for growth, whether through financing, exchanging expertise or offering consultations,” Al-Fakhri added.

 


Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif
Updated 29 November 2022

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif
  • Airline will operate 3 weekly flights between Doha, Taif

DOHA: Qatar Airways will resume flights to Taif on Jan. 3, making it the airline’s sixth destination in Saudi Arabia.

With three weekly flights between Doha and Taif on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, passengers will be able to take advantage of the state-owned flag carrier’s international network.

Qatar Airways currently operates two daily flights from Riyadh, four each day from Jeddah, two per day from Madinah, five daily services from Dammam, and one a day from Qassim.

 


Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development

Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development
Updated 29 November 2022

Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development

Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development
  • Agreements outline the launch of youth programs which promote cooperation in research and science

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar sponsored the signing of two memorandums of understanding between the Riyadh Region Youth Council, the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, and the National Center for Mental Health Promotion, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The agreements outline the launch of several youth programs and activities which promote cooperation in research and science. They aim to boost the intellectual and social development in the region.

The agreements were signed by the Riyadh Region Youth Council Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Kohaiz, KACND Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan, and NCMH Director General Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Habib.

 


Saudi Arabia extends term for $5 billion Egypt central bank deposit

Saudi Arabia extends term for $5 billion Egypt central bank deposit
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Arabia extends term for $5 billion Egypt central bank deposit

Saudi Arabia extends term for $5 billion Egypt central bank deposit
  • The Kingdom made the $5 billion deposit in Egypt’s central bank in March
  • The extension aims to enhance economic stability in Egypt

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday extended the term for a $5 billion deposit the Kingdom made to Egypt’s central bank, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The extension comes at the directive of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and aims to enhance economic stability in Egypt.

There is continuous communication between authorities in the two countries in order to enhance coordination, especially with regard to pumping numerous investments in foreign currencies into the Egyptian market in addition to Saudi deposits, SPA said.

It is hoped that these investments will contribute to opening new funding channels with regional and international organizations, SPA added.

The Kingdom made the $5 billion deposit in Egypt’s central bank in March after the country came under increasing financial pressure following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.