KSA highlights its resolute campaign against terror

Updated 17 October 2015

KSA highlights its resolute campaign against terror

GENEVA: The Kingdom has been a victim of terrorism despite its fight against the menace at local and regional levels, a senior Saudi official told a global forum in Geneva.
Saudi Arabia has suffered 124 terror attacks since 2003 leading to the deaths of 100 Saudis and residents, Ahmad bin Mohammad Al-Salim, undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior, said.
Seventy-one security personnel lost their lives while 407 were injured during these attacks, he said, adding that Saudi security forces killed 176 terrorists and foiled 250 terror attacks.
The official was speaking at the 17th International Summit on Transnational Crime and Homeland and Global Security Forum in Crans Montana,
He also said the Kingdom, as part of its commitment and efforts to root out terrorism, had enacted a number of laws and taken strict measures to counter this menace and block its financing. It has also formed a committee to fight terrorism, he said.
The Kingdom has taken part in endorsing 14 UN resolutions against terrorism and its financing. It had organized an international conference on terrorism which led to the establishment of a global center under the aegis of UN in New York to fight this scourge. The Kingdom also provided financial support of $110 million, he said.
Saudi Arabia is one of the founding members of the Global Forum for Combating Terrorism, Ahmad Al-Salim said.


2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Updated 28 September 2020

2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

  • G20 presidency to build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March

RIYADH: The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21 – 22 and will be chaired by the Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the G20 presidency said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday.

"The G20 presidency will build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March, and on the outcomes of over 100 virtual working groups and ministerial meetings," the statement said.

"The G20 is leading the fight against this global pandemic, taking swift and unprecedented actions to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable," it said. 

The G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

It has also injected $11 trillion to safeguard the global economy.

It has further launched a debt suspension initiative for the least developed countries that would allow beneficiary countries to defer $14 billion in debt payments due this year and use these amounts instead for financing their health systems and social programs.

"The upcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down the foundations for a better future," said the statement. 

"The Summit will also focus on fostering international action to realize opportunities of the 21st century for all, by empowering people and protecting our planet, whilst harnessing the potential of innovation to shape new frontiers."