Saudi foreign minister holds talks with Austrian, Ethiopian counterparts

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Riyadh. (X/@KSAMOFA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Riyadh. (X/@KSAMOFA)
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Updated 23 May 2024
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Saudi foreign minister holds talks with Austrian, Ethiopian counterparts

Saudi foreign minister holds talks with Austrian, Ethiopian counterparts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday received his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

At the beginning of the meeting, Prince Faisal welcomed Schallenberg and his accompanying delegation, wishing them a pleasant stay.

The two sides reviewed ties between the Kingdom and Austria, and ways to support and enhance relations, in addition to exchanging views on regional and international issues.

Prince Faisal also received the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie for talks on developing bilateral ties and joint cooperation, the foreign ministry said.

 


Saudi health minister says over 465,000 specialized treatment services provided to Hajj pilgrims

Successful execution of health management efforts was made possible through efforts of health system and Hajj security forces.
Successful execution of health management efforts was made possible through efforts of health system and Hajj security forces.
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Saudi health minister says over 465,000 specialized treatment services provided to Hajj pilgrims

Successful execution of health management efforts was made possible through efforts of health system and Hajj security forces.
  • 1,301 pilgrims died, 83 percent of them unauthorized to perform Hajj, health minister said
  • Deceased walked long distances in direct sunlight without adequate shelter or comfort

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s health system provided over 465,000 specialized treatment services during this year’s Hajj, including 141,000 services to pilgrims who did not have permits.

Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel announced the successful execution of health management efforts during Hajj season 2024 on Sunday.

The achievement was made possible through the coordinated efforts of the health system and Hajj security forces, the minister said. 

Al-Jalajel highlighted the positive impact of the health authorities’ swift response and the effective support of Hajj security forces in managing and reducing the effects of heat stress. 

The minister said that the health system treated numerous cases of heat stress this year, with some individuals still under care. 

He added that 1,301 pilgrims died, 83 percent of them unauthorized to perform Hajj. They walked long distances in direct sunlight without adequate shelter or comfort, and several elderly and chronically ill individuals were among the deceased. 

Al-Jalajel highlighted the significant efforts made by the relevant authorities to raise awareness about the dangers of heat stress and the importance of preventive measures.

He extended his condolences to the dead, saying: “May Allah forgive and have mercy on the deceased. Our heartfelt condolences go to their families. May Allah accept their deeds and grant them recompense for their suffering.

“All reports have been compiled, families of the deceased notified, and identification completed, despite the initial lack of personal information or identification documents.

“Proper processes were followed for identification, burial, and honoring the deceased, with death certificates provided,” he added.

Al-Jalajel said the Kingdom’s provision of free health services to pilgrims commenced even before their arrival, with awareness programs at airports, ports, and border crossings. 

Approximately 1.3 million preventive services were delivered to pilgrims, including early detection, vaccinations, and medical care upon arrival in the Kingdom. 

Healthcare services offered included open-heart surgeries, cardiac catheterization, dialysis, and emergency care. A total of over 30,000 ambulance services were provided, with 95 air ambulance operations ensuring the delivery of advanced health services in medical cities across the Kingdom.

The healthcare system made available nearly 6,500 beds and rooms to treat pilgrims, and measures to combat heat stress included the development of devices that enable the rapid and effective rescue of affected individuals.

There were no recorded outbreaks of epidemics or widespread diseases during the Hajj, the minister added.


King Abdulaziz Foundation organizes Saudi-Chinese relations seminar in Beijing

King Abdulaziz Foundation organizes Saudi-Chinese relations seminar in Beijing
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King Abdulaziz Foundation organizes Saudi-Chinese relations seminar in Beijing

King Abdulaziz Foundation organizes Saudi-Chinese relations seminar in Beijing
  • Seminar discussed maritime trade between two countries, role of Chinese libraries in caring for Arabic manuscripts

LONDON: The King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives, organized a scientific seminar on cultural and economic relations between Saudi Arabia and China from June 19-23 in Beijing, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The seminar was held as part of the Beijing International Book Fair, which featured the Kingdom as the guest of honor. It discussed a variety of topics, including maritime trade between the two countries and its cultural and economic implications, the role of Chinese libraries in caring for Arabic manuscripts and preserving Arab heritage, and Arab heritage in China.
Numerous agreements of cooperation in the fields of energy, trade, and investment have strengthened the two countries' strategic partnership. Both countries participated in initiatives aimed at boosting global trade, including joint projects to develop ports, railways, and industrial zones.
Cultural exchanges and academic programs have helped to improve understanding between the two peoples, and Saudi Vision 2030 has broadened the scope of economic cooperation with China in areas such as technology, renewable energy, and infrastructure development.
 


Saudi Arabia to host 56th International Chemistry Olympiad

Saudi Arabia to host 56th International Chemistry Olympiad
Updated 23 June 2024
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Saudi Arabia to host 56th International Chemistry Olympiad

Saudi Arabia to host 56th International Chemistry Olympiad
  • Participation of more than 340 students expected 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to host the 56th International Chemistry Olympiad, with participation from more than 340 students and 400 university professors and chemistry teachers from 90 countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The prestigious event, which will run from July 21-30 at King Saud University, is organized by the Ministry of Education, and King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, and boasts exclusive sponsorship from the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation.

The event is a global chemistry competition in which talented high-school students from around the world compete in the subject. It aims to inspire interest in the subject through the solving of complex and creative chemistry problems; promote international communication in the field; and foster friendships among young science enthusiasts from diverse nationalities.

It will mark the first time Saudi Arabia has hosted the event.

Secretary-General of Mawhiba Amal bint Abdullah Al-Hazzaa said Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the olympiad was testament to the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting talent, science, and innovation, in line with the goals of Vision 2030.

Al-Hazzaa added that Mawhiba had prepared for the event through several parallel tracks, including strengthening coordination with partners to ensure an exceptional hosting experience; preparing talented students for strong competition; and aiming to achieve new milestones for the nation.

Members of the International Steering Committee for the International Chemistry Olympiad praised the Kingdom’s comprehensive preparations during a recent visit to Riyadh.

Their visit included meeting the Saudi minister of education, who launched the awareness campaign for the event in January.

The Kingdom has collected 14 silver and 25 bronze medals at the event in the past, and the Saudi team secured four prestigious awards at the 2023 International Chemistry Olympiad in Switzerland.
 


MAWANI and REVIVA establish recycling and industrial waste complex at Jeddah Islamic Port

MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
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MAWANI and REVIVA establish recycling and industrial waste complex at Jeddah Islamic Port

MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
  • Contract is part of the efforts exerted by MAWANI to promote environmental sustainability and maintain the safety of the marine environment

RIYADH: The Saudi Ports Authority, MAWANI, signed on Sunday a SR30million ($8 million) contract with the Global Environmental Management Services Ltd., or Reviva, to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste at Jeddah Islamic Port.

The president of MAWANI, Omar bin Talal Hariri, and the CEO of of the Saudi Investment Recycling Co., Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Shiha, signed the contract in the presence of a number of other officials.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the contract is part of the efforts exerted by MAWANI to promote environmental sustainability, maintain the safety of the marine environment, and build a sustainable maritime sector that enhances the Kingdom’s position as a global logistics center and a hub connecting three continents.

The implementation of the contract comes in line with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and the Green Port Initiative. The new complex will contribute to enhancing the transformation of waste into valuable resources while building a thriving circular economy in the Kingdom.

According to SPA, these objectives can be met by providing comprehensive waste management and recycling solutions, industrial maintenance and transportation services, and recycling by-products. As such, waste volume is significantly reduced while waste management and environmental conservation improves.

The strategic cooperation scales up the outcomes of efforts exerted to achieve waste management goals in the Kingdom in line with Saudi Vision 2030. It also increases the private sector’s contribution to supporting economic development and listing Jeddah Islamic Port under the Top 10 ports in the world.

MAWANI is keen to introduce pioneering initiatives directly related to the Saudi Green Initiative which aims to reduce emissions, address climate change, and enhance the partnership between the public and private sectors to expand the related scope of work and thus, improve the commercial attractiveness of the Kingdom’s ports in the eyes of the whole world.


National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks

National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks
Updated 23 June 2024
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National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks

National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks
  • The Kingdom emphasized the importance of striving to create a safe and reliable cyberspace

RIYADH: The Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority participated in a high-level open discussion session held by the UN Security Council titled “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Addressing Evolving Threats in Cyberspace.”

Senior officials and permanent representatives of member states of the UN, as well as the secretary-general of the organisation, Antonio Guterres, participated in the session.

Leading the Saudi delegation was the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil. The delegation included representatives from the cybersecurity authority, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The session addressed developing a common understanding among states on enhancing the role of the Security Council in addressing cyberthreats, in light of the Security Council’s primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, taking into account the potential threat to international peace and security posed by malicious activities in cyberspace.

The Kingdom emphasized the importance of striving to create a safe and reliable cyberspace that enables growth and prosperity, especially since enhancing cybersecurity is essential to protect the vital interests of countries as well as national security.