3 Saudi girls escape from shelter

Updated 16 December 2015

3 Saudi girls escape from shelter

JEDDAH: The authorities in Jeddah are looking into the escape of three Saudi girls from the Hospitality House of the Jeddah Social Affairs Directorate a few days ago.
They are trying to find out where the the girls went and who helped them escape. Sources in the Ministry of Social Affairs were quoted as telling a local publication that the initial investigation did not reveal the whereabouts of the girls.
This incident is the second of its kind where the reasons and motives of the girls who ran away from the shelter is not known.
The sources said the authorities will refer the girls after arresting them to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution in the province, noting that the girls lived in the Hospitality House after serving their prison terms since their families refused to take them back. The house looks after and provides for all such people.
In the first incident, the girls broke the emergency door of the house and went away although their stay at the house is optional after their families refused to take them back. The girls in such situations stay in the house until they reach an understanding with their families. The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution interrogated two suspects linked to the incident.
The Hospitality House in Jeddah receives and gives shelter to juveniles in danger of delinquency, who have been referred to it by competent bodies. They are offered services and behavioral modification according to educational and correctional programs with the coordination of departments and entities concerned with juvenile issues.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”