Saudi culture minister participates in opening of ALIPH in Mexico City

Saudi culture minister participates in opening of ALIPH in Mexico City
Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan has participated in the opening of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas in Mexico City. (SPA)
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Updated 02 October 2022

Saudi culture minister participates in opening of ALIPH in Mexico City

Saudi culture minister participates in opening of ALIPH in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY: Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan has participated in the opening of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas, or ALIPH, in Mexico City.

Titled “Culture for Peace,” ALIPH was held as part of the activities of the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development.

ALIPH highlights a number of World Heritage Sites that have been endangered by conflicts.

It also reflects the importance of heritage protection projects in creating job opportunities and strengthening community cohesion.

On the sidelines of the UNESCO conference, Prince Badr met Niger’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Handicrafts Mohamed Hameed. 

They discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations and work on building a package of initiatives between cultural institutions to transfer expertise and introduce the cultures of  Saudi Arabia and Niger to each other, especially fashion, visual arts and music.

The Saudi minister also met Iraq’s Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Hassan Nazim. During the meeting, they emphasized the depth of relations between the two countries and the importance of strengthening joint cultural cooperation.

Prince Badr praised the work between Saudi and Iraqi teams specializing in heritage, in light of the growing cooperation between the Saudi Heritage Commission and the Antiquities and Heritage Authority in Iraq.

The Saudi minister also held talks with Chad’s Minister of Culture and Promotion of Diversity Rirajim Dogona Bkasa.

They discussed ways of cooperating in cultural fields, opportunities to create joint cultural initiatives, talent exchange programs between artistic and cultural institutions, holding artistic programs, seminars and events, transferring experiences, and introducing the cultures of the two countries.

In his meeting with Jordan’s Minister of Culture Haifa Najjar, Prince Badr congratulated her on choosing Irbid as the Arab Capital of Culture in 2022.

He praised the success of Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts, and thanked the Jordanian minister for supporting the organization of Saudi Cultural Week in Jordan from Sept. 12-15, stressing the depth of relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, they discussed ways of intensifying and deepening cultural cooperation, cultural exchange with Jordan in various fields, the exchange of visits and the holding of cultural activities.


Saudi ambassador to Yemen meets UN envoy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (SPA)
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Saudi ambassador to Yemen meets UN envoy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (SPA)
  • The two officials reviewed the Kingdom’s political, economic, developmental, and relief efforts to support the Yemeni government and people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber met with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The two officials reviewed the Kingdom’s political, economic, developmental, and relief efforts to support the Yemeni government and people.

They also discussed ways to strengthen and support UN efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to end Yemen’s crisis and support its security, stability, and development.

Grundberg said he also met with the new Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Al-Budaiwi and senior Saudi officials to discuss ways to expand economic and humanitarian measures, and to progress toward a national ceasefire and an inclusive Yemeni-owned political process under UN auspices.


Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italy PM during call

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. (File/SPA/AFP)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. (File/SPA/AFP)
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italy PM during call

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. (File/SPA/AFP)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed bilateral relations with Italian premier Giorgia Meloni during a telephone call on Tuesday.

Prince Mohammed and Meloni also discussed opportunities for joint cooperation and ways to develop them in a number of fields.


Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet voiced its solidarity with Turkiye and Syria following the devastating earthquakes that ripped through the border area  between the two countries killing thousands and injuring thousands more.

The statement was made during Tuesday’s weekly Saudi Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman, as the death toll exceeded 5,000, with tens of thousands more injured.

But international agencies like the WHO said the casualty number would grow significantly to thousands more.

The Cabinet statement published via the state news agency SPA said “the Kingdom expressed its solidarity” with the countries impacted by the earthquakes.

The first quake – of a magnitude 7.8 - struck the border area between Turkiye and Syria at about 4a.m. local time on Monday causing buildings to topple to the ground, their occupants caught unaware as they slept.

The second – 7.7 magnitude - quake struck the same area shortly before 2p.m. local time as search and rescue workers dug frantically through the rubble to find survivors.

There were two further earthquakes of a magnitude 5.6 and 5.7 on Tuesday morning as well as 312 aftershocks since the first quake struck.

The Cabinet also praised the bilateral ties between the Kingdom and Iraq and reiterated the Kingdom’s support for efforts made by the Iraqi government to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for its people.

It also reviewed reports on regional and international conferences recently held in Saudi Arabia to keep pace with the rapid developments and contribute to finding solutions to global challenges.


KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen
Updated 07 February 2023

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

DUBAI: Nearly 675 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled in the Fifth week of 2023 by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)’s Masam project.
The mine-clearing team removed a total of 384,980 mines planted by the militia across Yemen since Masam project started, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Overseen by the KSRelief, special teams destroyed hundreds of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, unexploded ordinances and other explosive devices.

The KSRelief project, also known as Masam, is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the orders of King Salman to help the Yemeni people.

More than 1.2 million mines have been planted by the Houthi militia, claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians.

The Saudi project trains local demining engineers and provides them with modern equipment. It also provides support to Yemenis injured by the devices.


KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need

KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need
Updated 07 February 2023

KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need

KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSRelief ) humanitarian efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria continue with securing food parcels for people in need.
In Afghanistan the center distributed 650 food packages to families affected by the floods. And in Pakistan another 600 food parcels were distributed.
The agency has also extended its help to the Syrian people displaced in Jordan, in support to the education of Syrian refugees it distributed 3,262 school bags to students in Amman.