Mauritania reaffirms stand with IMCTC in fight against violent extremism

Mauritania reaffirms stand with IMCTC in fight against violent extremism
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Defense Minister Hanena Ould Sidi (center) meeting with Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi, IMCTC secretary-general, in Nouakchott on Sept. 27, 2023. (IMCTC photo)
IMCTC chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi attends a welcoming ceremony in Nouakchott on Sept. 27, 2023. (IMCTC photo)
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IMCTC chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi attends a welcoming ceremony in Nouakchott on Sept. 27, 2023. (IMCTC photo)
Mauritania reaffirms stand with IMCTC in fight against violent extremism
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Defense Minister Hanena Ould Sidi (right) and Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi showing an IMCTC memento in Nouakchott on Sept. 27, 2023. (IMCTC photo)
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Updated 28 September 2023
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Mauritania reaffirms stand with IMCTC in fight against violent extremism

Mauritania reaffirms stand with IMCTC in fight against violent extremism
  • Defense Minister Hanena Ould Sidi gave the assurance during talks with the alliance's secretary-general 
  • Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi was on an official visit to the North African country

RIYADH: Mauritania’s defense minister on Wednesday reaffirmed his country's unwavering stand with the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in the campaign against international terrorist organizations, the alliance said in a statement.

Minister Hanena Ould Sidi gave the assurance during a meeting in Nouakchott with Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi, secretary-general of the Riyadh-based IMCTC, who was on an official visit to the Mauritanian capital.

Al-Moghedi was also briefed about the main undertakings of the Mauritanian defense ministry and the country’s initiative to establish the Sahel Alliance.

Mauritania is one of the 42 member states of the coalition, which was formally organized in 2016 to counter the activities of terrorist groups such as the Daesh and Al-Qaeda. Riyadh is the base of its joint operations center.

Minister Sidi said the coalition’s campaign against terrorism and violent extremism is a holistic one that includes awareness as well as fighting terror financing, the statement said.

Security experts have said that unless terror organizations are deprived of funding, they will continue to flourish.

For his part, Major General Al-Moghedi cited Mauritania’s role as a solid base in fighting the scourge of terrorism in the Sahel countries, and its effective role in moderation and centrism in the Maghreb region.

Al-Moghedi also cited Mauritania's effective participation with many organizations in combating terrorism, adding that the IMCTC was looking forward to expanding cooperation to ensure that terrorism in all its forms and patterns would be eradicated.

Al-Moghedi also met with the director general of the G5 Sahel Defense College, Maj. Gen. Brahim Vall Cheibani, and was briefed about the institution’s duties and strategic goals, as well as the latest developments related to the five Sahel countries.

They also discussed ways to enhance cooperation and develop future visions that serve both sides.

 


Saudi communications commission to join Green Digital Action initiative

ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. (Twitter @ITUSecGen)
ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. (Twitter @ITUSecGen)
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Saudi communications commission to join Green Digital Action initiative

ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. (Twitter @ITUSecGen)
  • ITU scheme aims to fast-track commitments to tackling climate challenges
  • CST will lead ‘Foster a Circular ICT Industry’ track

RIYADH: The Saudi Communications, Space and Technology Commission has agreed to join the Green Digital Action initiative convened by the International Telecommunication Union.

An announcement was made on the sidelines of COP28, in the presence of ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin.

Green Digital Action aims to enhance collaboration, fast-track industry-wide commitments to addressing climate challenges, and put digital solutions at the forefront of climate action, by transforming into a digital infrastructure that enables environmental and sustainable solutions, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The initiative is supported by several international entities and agencies.

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The International Telecommunication Union scheme aims to fast-track commitments to tackling climate challenges.

The commission said it would be leading the “Foster a Circular ICT Industry” track as part of Green Digital Action, which covers reducing ICT sector emissions, advancing climate solutions through open environmental data and technologies, implementing green standards, facilitating a green transition across all industries through digital technology, and leveraging digital systems for disaster alerts and early warnings.

By joining the initiative, the commission will be helping to provide digital and sustainable solutions to address climate challenges and improve and implement regulations that enable a circular economy that contributes to reducing carbon emissions, the report said.

It also seeks to move to an eco-friendly digital infrastructure by collaborating with the public and private sectors and UN organizations.

The commission has also organized a panel discussion to be held on the sidelines of COP28 to highlight Saudi Arabia’s efforts in leading digital sustainability.

Titled “Circular Economy,” it will be attended by ITU Deputy Secretary-General Tomas Lamanauskas as well as representatives from countries that will apply the “E-Waste Management Regulations” launched by the Kingdom in partnership with the ITU.

The initiative aims to implement the regulations in Zambia, Rwanda and Paraguay as a way to tackle the challenges facing the treatment of e-waste around the world and raise awareness of the issue among policymakers and industry leaders.

Saudi Arabia has launched many initiatives that contribute to raising awareness and educating the public about the best practices for the use of technology to create a sustainable future for all.

 


Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday

Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday
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Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday

Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday

RIYADH: Authorities on Saturday urged the public to exercise caution as further rain and thunderstorms are forecast to hit most regions until Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

People should avoid areas that might be susceptible to flooding, not swim in open waters and adhere to the instructions announced through various media outlets, the General Directorate of Civil Defense said.

Light to moderate rains and the possibility of dust storms are forecast for the Makkah region, which includes the Holy Capital, Al-Jumum, Bahrah, Taif, Adham, Al-Ardiyat, Maysan, Al-Kamil, Al-Layth and Al-Qunfudhah.

The Madinah region, particularly Yanbu and Badr, as well as Al-Baha, Hail, Tabuk, Al-Jawf and the Northern Borders Region are also likely to be affected, the authority said.


2023 Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group enters Saudi Arabia

2023 Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group enters Saudi Arabia
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2023 Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group enters Saudi Arabia

2023 Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group enters Saudi Arabia
  • CTTG is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its cruise training

JEDDAH: The Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group (CTTG) arrived in Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Islamic Port on Friday, Dec. 1, on its second visit since 2015.

Jeddah is one of 13 ports and 12 cities that ROKS Hansando and combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon will visit during the group’s training, which is designed to familiarize the midshipmen with ships and to develop their skills before they are commissioned as naval officers.

Welcoming the ships and their crews at the port after their voyage from Egypt was South Korea’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Park Joon-Yong, South Korean Consul General Woo Hong-Koo, Commanding Officer Cho Chong Ho, consuls, members of the Korean International School of Jeddah, and South Korean residents of Jeddah.

Crew members Jang Jae-Kyung and Lee Hak-Je explained that the 4th grade of the Republic of Korea Naval Academy, also known as first-class midshipmen, annually go on a training exercise to different parts of the world. This year, they decided to visit Saudi Arabia because of the enduring relationship between the two countries, which dates back to the 1950s and the Korean War.

“Saudi Arabia helped us during the war, and for that we are always thankful,” said Jae-Kyung.

The CTTG is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its cruise training and the graduation of the 78th class of ROK Naval Academy, which consists of around 150 midshipmen.

ROKS Hansando is crewed by around 460 sailors. ROKS Hwacheon is celebrating its seventh circumnavigation as a commemoration of the CTTG’s 70th anniversary.

The training cadre includes a Saudi midshipman on an exchange program, Faisal Mohammed Alkhathami, who was celebrating his temporary trip home with his family. His father and brother attended the welcoming ceremony.

The ships will remain in the Kingdom until Dec. 4. During their stay, the group will hold several events, including an exchange between the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Saudi Navy, a visit to the Korean International School of Jeddah, an on-board reception, a ship tour, and a defense industry exhibition.

The crew also revealed that they will be touring Jeddah and expressed their excitement to venture into the city and learn about the history of Saudi Arabia.

Following the CTTG’s visit to the Kingdom, the ships will sail to India before heading to their final port of call in Japan. Once back in South Korea, the CTTG will have sailed for 30,000 miles — 1.5 times the circumference of the Earth.


KSrelief sends 3rd relief ship to Palestinians in Gaza

KSrelief sends 3rd relief ship to Palestinians in Gaza
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KSrelief sends 3rd relief ship to Palestinians in Gaza

KSrelief sends 3rd relief ship to Palestinians in Gaza
  • The shipment, carrying 300 large containers weighing 1,246 tons, includes 200 containers of medical supplies
  • It comes as part of the Kingdom’s historic role in standing with the Palestinian people

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Saturday shipped the third batch of Saudi assistance to the Palestinian people in Gaza.
The shipment, carrying 300 large containers weighing 1,246 tons, includes 200 containers of medical supplies for hospitals in Gaza, and 100 containers of basic foodstuffs, baby formula and shelter material.
The ship set sail from Jeddah Islamic Port heading to Port Said in Egypt, from where it will be transported to Gaza.
It comes as part of the Kingdom’s historic role in standing with the Palestinian people.
Meanwhile, people sheltering in the south of Gaza after fleeing their homes earlier in the war said on Saturday they had nowhere safe to go now.
The city of Khan Younis is the focus of Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire after fighting resumed on Friday following the collapse of a week-long truce.
Its population has swelled in recent weeks as several hundred thousand people from the northern Gaza Strip have fled south. 


King Abdulaziz festival sees significant development

King Abdulaziz festival sees significant development
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King Abdulaziz festival sees significant development

King Abdulaziz festival sees significant development
  • The total prize money on offer at the festival is more than SR33.6 million
  • Falconry as a traditional sport has become embedded in various cultures worldwide

RIYADH: The King Abdulaziz Falconry Festival 2023, which runs until Dec. 14 at the Saudi Falcons Club in Malham, north of Riyadh, has developed significantly this year — particularly the Al-Milwah competition for international falconers, which includes new rounds and an expanded pool of winners.
The total prize money on offer at the festival is more than SR33.6 million ($8.96 million), according to a press release.
The festival is accepting applications from international falconers for the qualifying rounds of the 400-meter Al-Milwah competition until Dec. 5.
Registration takes place at the SFC headquarters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Falconry as a traditional sport has become embedded in various cultures worldwide, the result of being practiced globally for 4,000 years. It is a complex and immersive sport, yet it is not indigenous to one community, people, or territory.
In Dec. 2016, and under the Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO adopted falconry as a living human heritage.