DiplomaticQuarter: EU ambassadors in Saudi Arabia celebrate Europe Day

DiplomaticQuarter: EU ambassadors in Saudi Arabia celebrate Europe Day
Patrick Simonnet, EU ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
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Updated 12 May 2022

DiplomaticQuarter: EU ambassadors in Saudi Arabia celebrate Europe Day

DiplomaticQuarter: EU ambassadors in Saudi Arabia celebrate Europe Day

Ambassadors from EU countries in Saudi Arabia have shared messages celebrating Europe Day, which on May 9 each year celebrates peace and unity on the continent.

The date marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration in 1950. Following the foundation of the EU in 1993, observance of Europe Day by national and regional authorities increased significantly.

In a tweet, the EU Delegation in Riyadh posted video messages from ambassadors.

Patrick Simonnet, EU ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “Europe Day is held on May 9 every year, and celebrates peace, unity and solidarity in Europe. Now more than ever, the EU aims to put international peace and security, cooperation on development, promotion of human rights and responding to humanitarian crises at the heart of its foreign policy. Happy Europe Day!”

In a message shared with Arab News, the EU envoy said: “Europe Day marks the founding of the EU, a project for peace, unity and prosperity that we Europeans value highly and are immensely proud of. We are keen to share this celebration with our partners across the world. We invite our friends and partners, the people of Saudi Arabia, to celebrate this milestone together with us.”

French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ludovic Pouille said: “To me, Europe means two main things. First, solidarity when facing aggression, and second, cooperation to defend peace, prosperity and sovereignty in Europe and beyond Europe.”

German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dieter Lamle said: “Creating peace and prosperity for decades in Europe, we stand for human rights, freedom and democracy.”

Ambassador of Cyprus to Saudi Arabia Stavros Avgoustidis said: “Europe Day is the union of our people’s common values and fundamental principles.”

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Saudi Arabia Juraj Koudelka said: “We have respect for man, shared values, and are together for a bright and safe future.”

Austrian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Georg Postinger said: “We are proud of the degree of unity and solidarity between the member states for the EU, in times of war and other current crises.”

Valerio De Parolis, charge d’affaires at the Italian Embassy, said: “Europe is a success story of integration among states that share values.”

Ambassador of Denmark to Saudi Arabia Ole Emil Moesby said: “The EU is an important player. Together we are going to face the challenges we have today.”

Spanish Ambassador to the Kingdom Jorge Hevia said: “We celebrate democracy, freedom, pluralism, solidarity, culture and human rights.”


Jazan governor attends signing ceremony for improved services for Saudi Autism Society

 Jazan governor attends signing ceremony for improved services for Saudi Autism Society
Updated 28 June 2022

Jazan governor attends signing ceremony for improved services for Saudi Autism Society

 Jazan governor attends signing ceremony for improved services for Saudi Autism Society
  • The agreement aims to provide the best services for the autistic community in Jazan across health, education and training fields

JAZAN: Prince Muhammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jazan, along with Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz bin Muhammad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor, attended a ceremony for the signing of an agreement between the Saudi Autism Society, Jazan University, the Ministry of Development and Human Resources of Jazan and the General Administration of Education and Health of Jazan on Tuesday.

Dr. Issa bin Yahya Al-Banawi, the Deputy for Developmental Affairs, also attended the ceremony, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The prince gave a speech in which he explained the agreement's aim of providing the best services for the autistic community in Jazan across various health, educational, rehabilitation, and training fields.

The prince emphasized the significance of these services in conducting research, as well as providing supervisory advice, an exchange of experiences, and rehabilitation areas for people on the autism spectrum.

He also emphasized the importance of long-term collaboration among the various parties in achieving these goals.


Saudi King Salman orders state sectors to serve pilgrims during Hajj to the best of their ability

Saudi King Salman orders state sectors to serve pilgrims during Hajj to the best of their ability
Updated 28 June 2022

Saudi King Salman orders state sectors to serve pilgrims during Hajj to the best of their ability

Saudi King Salman orders state sectors to serve pilgrims during Hajj to the best of their ability

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman ordered state sectors to serve the pilgrims during Hajj to the best of their ability during a cabinet meeting he chaired at Al-Salam Royal Palace on Tuesday, Saudi news agency (SPA) reported.

“Serving Hajj and Umrah pilgrims has been at the forefront of the Kingdom’s priority since its establishment and still is. We are proud to continue this mission with the highest competency,” King Salman said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia earlier said it permitted over one million pilgrims from overseas to perform Hajj this year for the first time in two years of COVID-19 restrictions, which limited the pilgrimage to residents of the Kingdom.

King Salman urged sectors to work according to the organizational and operational plans set in place for this year's pilgrimage to ensure a safe and spiritual Hajj experience.

As of Sunday, a total of 282,523 pilgrims from all over the world arrived in Madinah for Hajj, authorities earlier reported.

During the meeting, the cabinet was also briefed on the results of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent regional tour to Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.

 


Jeddah Season 2022 achieves record numbers since launch

Jeddah Season 2022 achieves record numbers since launch
Updated 28 June 2022

Jeddah Season 2022 achieves record numbers since launch

Jeddah Season 2022 achieves record numbers since launch
  • More than 5 million visitors from the Kingdom and around the world have attended Jeddah Season

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season has achieved unprecedented visitor numbers over the past 55 days since its launch, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The number of visitors exceeded five million who arrived from more than 129 countries to attend 2,800 events.

The season drew the attention of numerous local and international media outlets, with over 11,000 news articles published in 26 languages.

The media coverage on Jeddah Season reached 68 countries and has received over 250 million views.

Not only did the Jeddah Season surpass its entertainment and events objectives, but also had a substantive impact on the Kingdom's economic development, SPA reported.

The season stimulated activity in several sectors, creating more than 74,000 job opportunities for citizens.

As it wraps up its program in 5 days, Jeddah Season has proven to be a regional success story, SPA said.


Saudi FM meets Italian counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio. (SPA)
Updated 27 June 2022

Saudi FM meets Italian counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio. (SPA)
  • The prince and Di Maio reviewed the outcomes of the 12th session of the Saudi-Italian Joint Commission

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Monday received Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh.

Marking the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the ministers hailed the historic links that both nations aimed to further strengthen.

The prince and Di Maio reviewed the outcomes of the 12th session of the Saudi-Italian Joint Commission, held in Riyadh on Monday to promote bilateral cooperation in a number of areas. They also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern.


Saudi ministry launches UN mentoring program for Taif farmers

Saudi agricultural ministry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, launched a mentoring program for farmers in Taif.
Saudi agricultural ministry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, launched a mentoring program for farmers in Taif.
Updated 27 June 2022

Saudi ministry launches UN mentoring program for Taif farmers

Saudi agricultural ministry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, launched a mentoring program for farmers in Taif.
  • The FAO has prepared 100 demonstration farms to promote modern practices and technologies, which are expected to positively impact farmers and encourage agricultural sustainability in rural areas

RIYADH: Saudi agriculture officials on Monday launched a UN mentoring program for farmers in Taif aimed at encouraging sustainable development.

Initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, and presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the scheme aims to help introduce more efficient farming practices through the sharing of information on proven techniques and by providing access to industry experts.

The ministry’s director for Taif, Hani Al-Kadi, said: “Taif is no less significant than other cities in the Kingdom, due to its agricultural diversity and yearly abundance in crops.”

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The FAO has prepared 100 demonstration farms to promote modern practices and technologies, which are expected to positively impact farmers and encourage agricultural sustainability in rural areas.

He noted that introducing farmers to effective agricultural concepts and objectives would greatly contribute toward, “producing safe and sustainable food, maintaining consumer confidence, ensuring mindfulness toward the exploitation of natural resources, and reducing environmental harm.”

Kakoli Ghosh, the FAO’s chief technical adviser to the program, said global advances in farming methods and agricultural practices had helped to increase production, job opportunities, and standards of living for small farmers, while also preserving natural resources for future generations.

She pointed out that the program would include visits to Taif farms at Al-Hada, Al-Shafa, Wadi Mahram, and Al-Dayha.

The FAO has prepared 100 demonstration farms to promote modern practices and technologies, which are expected to positively impact farmers and encourage agricultural sustainability in rural areas.

The Saudi ministry first launched the Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program in cooperation with the FAO in 2019. It has been designed to boost the production, processing, and marketing of fruit, fish, livestock, and Arabic coffee, and the cultivation of rain-fed crops.

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and boost contributions to gross domestic product by pushing sustainable development in all sectors of the economy. One of the main areas of focus has been on the conservation of natural resources, including the rationalization of water consumption in agriculture and achieving food security.