KSrelief extends mine clearance project in Yemen

KSrelief extends mine clearance project in Yemen
Masam has 32 demining teams that work to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. (Supplied)
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Updated 21 June 2023
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KSrelief extends mine clearance project in Yemen

KSrelief extends mine clearance project in Yemen
  • $33.29 million contract will ensure that Saudi and international experts can continue their work in several regions
  • Masam trains local demining engineers, supplies them with modern equipment, and provides care for victims

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has extended Masam, the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen, another year to allow for the removal of the explosive devices planted by the Houthi militia, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The $33.29 million contract will ensure that Saudi and international experts can continue their work in several regions, especially Marib, Aden, Jouf, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeidah, Lahij, Sanaa, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale and Saada.

The project is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the orders of King Salman to help ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Masam has 32 demining teams that work to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. It trains local demining engineers, supplies them with modern equipment, and provides care for victims.

KSrelief Supervisor-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah emphasized the importance of the Masam project in clearing Yemeni lands from mines that were planted by the Houthis indiscriminately, targeting defenseless civilians and causing permanent injuries, disabilities, and loss of life. 

Al-Rabeeah thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their humanitarian efforts in Yemen and around the world.

Meanwhile, the project’s special teams destroyed 65 anti-personnel mines, 143 anti-tank mines, 1,844 unexploded ordnance, and 23 explosive devices during the second week of June.

A total of 404,333 mines have been cleared since the launch of the project.


Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives in Riyadh for official visit

Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives in Riyadh for official visit
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Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives in Riyadh for official visit

Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives in Riyadh for official visit
  • The two countries enjoy a robust trade partnership

RIYADH: Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an official visit to the Kingdom.

Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region, welcome the Brazilian leader and his accompanying delegation upon their arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

The two countries enjoy a robust trade partnership, with Brazilian exports to Saudi Arabia during the first seven months of the year reaching $1.87 billion, the highest amongst all Arab countries.

Brazilian imports from the Kingdom were also the highest among Arab countries, standing at $1.98 billion.


Symposium on fatwas to be held at Prophet’s Mosque

Symposium on fatwas to be held at Prophet’s Mosque
Updated 28 November 2023
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Symposium on fatwas to be held at Prophet’s Mosque

Symposium on fatwas to be held at Prophet’s Mosque
  • A fatwa is a legal ruling on a point of Islamic law

RIYADH: The head of religious affairs at the two holy mosques Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais announced that royal approval had been issued to hold a symposium on fatwas at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

A fatwa is a legal ruling on a point of Islamic law, and the symposium will focus on rulings at the two holy mosques and their impacts on facilitating visitors to the religious sites.

Al-Sudais said the symposium is an extension of the efforts of the Saudi government to serve the two holy mosques and conveying their message to the world in accordance with the Kingdom’s moderate approach based on the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

He explained that the approval to hold this symposium supports the shift in methods of issuing fatwas and their digitalization in a way that suits and meets the religious needs of the visitors of the mosques, while helping them perform their rituals.

Al-Sudais added that the approval of King Salman to hold the symposium reflected the Kingdom’s concern for fatwas, given their direct impact on the pilgrims to the Two Holy Mosques.


Saudi crown prince, Ukrainian president discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict

Saudi crown prince, Ukrainian president discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict
Updated 28 November 2023
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Saudi crown prince, Ukrainian president discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict

Saudi crown prince, Ukrainian president discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict
  • Crown prince affirmed the Kingdom's commitment and support for all international efforts aimed at resolving crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman received a phone call on Monday from the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the call, the crown prince affirmed the Kingdom's commitment and support for all international efforts aimed at resolving the Ukrainian-Russian crisis.

President Zelensky, in turn, acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the Kingdom in this regard.

The conversation also included a review of the bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as a discussion on various issues of mutual interest.


Greek Embassy hosts agri-food event in Riyadh on eve of Saudi Horeca exhibition

Greek Embassy hosts agri-food event in Riyadh on eve of Saudi Horeca exhibition
Updated 27 November 2023
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Greek Embassy hosts agri-food event in Riyadh on eve of Saudi Horeca exhibition

Greek Embassy hosts agri-food event in Riyadh on eve of Saudi Horeca exhibition
  • Attica Sense showcases Greek products with aim of enhancing Saudi-Greek cooperation and highlighting investment opportunities in the Kingdom and wider region
  • It takes place the day before the start of Saudi Horeca 2023, a 3-day annual international exhibition for food, beverage and hospitality companies

RIYADH: An event in Riyadh on Sunday offered visitors the chance to learn more about agri-food products from Greece and the history behind the flavors of Athens.

Attica Sense, presented by the Greek embassy and the government of the Hellenic Republic Region of Attica, took place the day before the start of Saudi Horeca 2023, a three-day, annual international exhibition that aims to encourage cooperation between food, beverage and hospitality companies around the world and businesses in Saudi Arabia.

“I think there are a lot of opportunities that you will see in the days to come; there is much more we can do together,” said Alexis Konstantopoulos, the Greek ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who hosted Attica Sense at the Radisson Blu Hotel Convention Center with Giorgios Patoulis, the regional governor of Attica.

The aim of the event on Sunday was to showcase Greek products and enhance Saudi-Greek cooperation by highlighting investment opportunities in the Kingdom and the wider Middle East region.

“Our countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations; our prime minister was here twice in the past few years,” said Konstantopoulos. “His royal highness the crown prince visited Athens in July 2022 and together established the Higher Strategic Council, which has different subcommittees.”

One of those subcommittees, the ambassador added, focuses on the commercial field with the aim of encouraging businesses from the two countries to work together, so that they can benefit from the support available from Saudi and Greek authorities, and help achieve ambitious bilateral commercial targets.

Some of the Greek companies that took part in Attica Sense gave presentations about their histories, operations and products. They included: the Greek Nut Company, which was established in 1952; Leo’s House of Bagels, which in addition to Greece delivers its products to France and now Saudi Arabia; Oliva Boutique, a producer of honey and oil products; Stalia, a manufacturer of extra virgin olive oil; and Kakias Dairy, which was established in 1935.

Saudi Horeca began on Monday, the day after Attica Sense, and continues until Wednesday at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.


Saudi foreign minister meets Latvian, Cypriot counterparts

Saudi foreign minister meets Latvian, Cypriot counterparts
Updated 27 November 2023
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Saudi foreign minister meets Latvian, Cypriot counterparts

Saudi foreign minister meets Latvian, Cypriot counterparts
  • Officials discuss need for ceasefire in Gaza, humanitarian aid efforts

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met his Latvian counterpart, Krisjanis Karins, on Monday on the sidelines of the Union for the Mediterranean Regional Forum in Barcelona.

The officials discussed the latest developments in Gaza, international efforts to provide humanitarian and medical aid, and the need to agree a ceasefire to protect civilians and prevent the situation from worsening.

Prince Faisal stressed the need for the international community to accept moral and ethical responsibility for upholding international legitimacy, including the UN Security Council resolution issued last week, in a way that achieves peace and security and prevents extremism and violence.

The ministers also discussed issues of mutual interest, including ways to boost relations between their countries.

Prince Faisal also held similar talks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos on Monday.

Saudi Ambassador to Spain Azzam Al-Qain attended the meeting.