Security officers helping Hajis trending on Twitter

Updated 10 October 2014

Security officers helping Hajis trending on Twitter

Photos and videos of security officers from various military sectors assisting and providing services to pilgrims during the Haj season have been trending across social networking sites, such as Twitter. A number of religious leaders and media personnel have devoted their pages to discussing the positive role of security authorities in Saudi Arabia in the success of this year’s Haj season.
Active users on social networking sites produced various hashtags, notably #thanks_security_men, to express their gratitude and appreciation for their humanitarian efforts and positive representation of Saudi Arabia.
Tweeters from various Arab and Islamic countries tweeted their appreciation for these security authorities.
“The security men’s actions in Saudi Arabia during this year’s pilgrimage has made me reconsider my views on questioning the inclusiveness of Arab security institutions, as these men acted in complete humility and with respect,” tweeted an Algerian writer and human rights activist, and former observer for the Arab League.
Ghassan Alzahrani tweeted, “You must be thanked for leaving your children and family to serve the pilgrims, regardless of how much the media focuses on directing all the praise and appreciation toward top officials only.”
“We are all proud of the success and efforts of the security men who portrayed the finest examples of sacrifice, dedication, patience, and they must be thanked before the whole world,” said Dr. Amira Al-Harbi. Sports media figure Rajaa All Al-Salimy tweeted a photo of a security officer pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair with the phrase “We and your country are blessed to have you”.
Various users also tweeted about the positive attitudes of security men during their work.
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, honored First Officer Khalid Abdullah Shouq of the special emergencies forces in Arafat for his humanitarian efforts and for servicing pilgrims and visitors of the Grand Mosque.
This came during a reception held at Prince Mishaal’s residence in Arafat in honor of First Officer Shouq, during which the humanitarian efforts of all security men toward their country and pilgrims were also highlighted and praised.
First Officer Shouq, in turn, expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Prince Mishaal for the generous gesture, stressing it is an incentive for him and the rest of his teammates to continue doing their best to serve the pilgrims and visitors to the Kingdom.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.