Czech envoy hails Saudi army specialists

Updated 28 October 2015

Czech envoy hails Saudi army specialists

RIYADH: Czech Republic Ambassador Jiri Slavik hailed Saudi army specialists' track record and recalled fighting alongside Saudi troops during the Gulf War.
Speaking to Arab News on Monday, Slavik said that during the Gulf War, Czech troops took part alongside allies deployed in the Kingdom. Together, they faced the possible risk of exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons, he said.
The envoy said the successful operations of the Czech troops won appreciation from the Saudis and allies, as they were playing a leading role in the fight against chemical warfare on the international frontiers.
“Our common goal is to present our country as a credible and reliable partner, a country with skilled manpower as well as a preferred choice for business and tourism,” he said.
Referring to his country’s national day, the ambassador observed: “This year we celebrate the 97th anniversary of our independence that goes back to 1918. The whole history of the Czech people dates back to the 10th century, nearly 1,000 years ago,” Slavik said, adding, “also this year we also commemorate 700th birth anniversary of Charles IV, the Czech king called the “Father of the Country,” founder of the Charles University in Prague in 1348, the king who influenced the whole European continent.”
“After almost 100 years of its modern history, the Czech Republic has become a modern country in the middle of Europe, a full-fledged member of the EU, NATO and other international organizations.”
He said: “These changes positively influenced relations between the Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia. In 1995, our bilateral diplomatic ties were established and since that time we have found many fields for cooperation.”
The ambassador, referring to the scope for cooperation in various fields, the ambassador said Czech brands are well known in the Kingdom, as industrial products or information technology. Almost everybody in the Kingdom knows Czech spas, Czech rehabilitation centers.
“Other sectors include construction, defense, agriculture (export of food), health and rehabilitation, railway transport, integrated urban transport, education, but we see a lot of opportunities to cooperate in the fields of up-to-date technologies, as nanotechnology, renewable and energy. We will continue to support businesses on both sides and facilitate the B2B meetings either in our country or here in the Kingdom,” he concluded.
“We have a highly qualified Czech staff at Saudi hospitals. We, Czechs, are pleased to welcome Saudi tourists and spa guests to the Czech Republic,” he said.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.