‘Abducted’ Saudi woman marries Yemeni

Updated 11 November 2014

‘Abducted’ Saudi woman marries Yemeni

The Saudi woman who fled the Kingdom in 2013 with her Yemeni boyfriend has married him with the help of Houthi members, according to recent reports.
Huda Al-Niran reportedly married Arafat Al-Qadi last Thursday, Nov. 6, in the city of Imran, north of Sanaa. The Houthis run Imran’s administration after seizing it in July.
Houthi members allegedly stormed the Dar Al-Amal (House of Hope) in Sanaa on Thursday and kidnapped Al-Niran. She was being kept there under a Yemeni court order until her application to the United Nations as a refugee could be decided.
The marriage reportedly took place a few hours after the alleged kidnapping. Members of the Houthis had organized a ma’zun or marriage officer to legalize the union, according to reports.
Abdullah Al-Jafari, the woman’s lawyer, said he would file a lawsuit against Al-Qadi and the Dar Al-Amal administration over the kidnapping of Al-Niran. He said he has information that the Houthis were involved in the abduction.
Al-Jafari is reportedly in contact with the young man in Sanaa and the woman’s brother, Ali Abdullah Sakeena, who has accused Al-Qadi of abducting his sister.
Al-Jafari said he has been in contact with officials at the Saudi Embassy in Yemen to help resolve the case and get Al-Niran returned to her parents.
Fatima Jarallah, general director of Dar Al-Amal, claimed that 15 armed men had barged into the house and abducted the woman. Security officers at the home, who do not carry weapons, said that Al-Niran had gone with the men because she had heard the voice of Al-Qadi.
Al-Niran, known in the Saudi media as “the girl from Bahr Abu Sakeena,” a reference to her hometown in the southern part of the Kingdom, reportedly fell in love with Al-Qadi who was living in the country at the time. When her parents refused to allow her to marry, she fled the country with Al-Qadi.
They were caught by Yemeni security forces, detained and then transferred to the Migration and Passport Authority in Sanaa. Last year a Yemeni court cleared Al-Qadi of the charges of abduction.
The story of the two young people has hit local and international headlines, and is a trending topic on social networking sites.

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.