Cabinet backs international peace initiative for Yemen

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman presides over the Cabinet at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 29 August 2016

Cabinet backs international peace initiative for Yemen

JEDDAH: The Cabinet on Monday gave its full backing to the recent international peace initiative for Yemen that was proposed during the GCC Foreign Ministers’ meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs Tobias Ellwood.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who chaired the session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Kerry and the US delegation of Republicans and Democrats, during which they discussed bilateral cooperation in various fields.
Essam bin Saad bin Said, acting minister of culture and information, said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet reviewed a report on the latest developments and commending the results of the joint meeting attended by Kerry, Ellwood, GCC leaders and other officals in the Kingdom last week.
The joint meeting focussed on the importance of finding a solution to the Yemen crisis based on the Gulf initiative, the outputs of the national dialogue and the UN resolution 2216.
The Cabinet also renewed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attacks that took place in Somali capital Mogadishu, Afghan capital Kabul and Aden, offering the Kingdom’s condolences to the victims’ families and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet expressed condolences to the Italian President and people for the recent loss of life and property in an earthquake, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
On local affairs, the Cabinet appreciated the ongoing efforts of security authorities in foiling terror attacks, including a recent attempt at the Mustafa Mosque in Qatif and interception of a vehicle carrying two Daesh suicide attackers targeting a restaurant and a cafe in Tarot city.
The minister said the Cabinet lauded the security men’s efforts in fighting against the drug menace, which resulted in the arrest of 1,461 suspects the past six months and confiscation of 24,685,282 amphetamine tablets, more than 19 tons of hashish and 14 kg of heroin, besides weapons and cash. It also thanked friendly countries for helping the Kingdom foil attempts to smuggle in drugs.

Among the other key decisions the Cabinet took during the session were as follows:
• Approval of an MoU for scientific and technical cooperation in the field of youth and sports, and an agreement for scientific and educational cooperation between the Kingdom and Tajikistan, which was signed in Riyadh on 23/03/1437 A.H. Royal Decrees have been prepared for that.
• Authorization of the President of Saudi Geological Survey — or his deputy — to discuss with the Chinese side a draft MoU for geological scientific cooperation between Saudi Geological Survey of Saudi Arabia and Geological Survey Commission of China, sign it, and submit the final version to complete statutory procedures.
• Approval of the MoU between the General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection and the Environment Ministry of Korea for cooperation in the fields of environmental protection, development and conservation, signed in Seoul on 03/12/1436 A.H. A royal decree has been prepared for that.
• Approval of the cooperation agreement between Saudi Arabia and Hungary for the peaceful use of atomic energy, signed in Riyadh on 06/01/1437 AH. A royal decree has been prepared for that.

The Cabinet also approved a number of appointments:
• Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Muqrin, assistant undersecretary for economic affairs at 14th rank in the Ministry of Economy and Planning.
* Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Rashed, assistant undersecretary for planning sectors at 14th rank in the Ministry of Economy and Planning.
• Imad bin Mohammed bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi, director general of minister’s office at 14th rank in the Ministry of Economy and Planning.
• Saleh bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz Al-Masood, economic adviser at 14th rank in the Ministry of Economy and Planning.
• Sami bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Jadeed, administrative adviser at 14th rank in Council of Administrative Judiciary of Board of Grievances.
• Yousef bin Abdullatif bin Saleh Al-Thunayan, office’s director general at 14th rank at Supreme Administrative Court of Board of Grievances.
The Cabinet was briefed on a number of topics, including the annual report of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage for the previous financial year, and the G20 meeting in Beijing.


LA Italian eatery Amadeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Amadeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Amadeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Amadeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne amadeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Amadeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Amadeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Amadeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne Amadeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.