Saudi Shura Council Approves Draft Law to Combat Terrorism, Terror Funding

Shura

Riyadh – The Saudi Shura Council approved on Monday a draft law to combat terrorism and terror funding. During its 59th session chaired by Deputy President Mohammad al-Jafri, the council took the decision after listening to a briefing from its Security Affairs Committee.

Chairman of the Committee Major General Abdullah al-Sadoun stated that the draft is one of the best in the world and takes into consideration all legal, rights and humanitarian angles.

Sadoun told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia still continues to counter terrorism whether through security measures or legislating laws.

Assistant president of the Council, Yahya al-Samaan said in a statement after the session that the council discussed a Security Affairs Committee report on the draft regulation of combating terrorism crimes and financing it

The Council also approved the amendments and additions to the law for combating money laundering.

In another decision, the Council urged the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture to address the issue of unbalanced distribution of water and sewage services between various Saudi regions.

The Council on Sunday approved the draft law for the rights of the elderly.

Public Investment Fund to Establish Recycling Sector Company

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced on Monday planning to establish the Saudi Recycling Company, a new waste management government enterprise aiming to support and operate the PIF’s investments in domestic recycling sector projects.

“Aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goal to safeguard the country’s environment by improving recycling across the Kingdom, the new company will develop and operate projects designed to increase landfill diversion rates and recycle waste, creating alliances with private sector companies to achieve the highest international standards,”PIF said in a statement published on the Saudi state-owned press agency (SPA).

Preliminary studies have indicated that the Kingdom currently recycles around 10 percent of recyclable waste matter, with 90 percent disposed through landfill sites, causing damage to the environment, and not making full use of the potential of recyclable materials. More than 40 percent of recyclable materials in the Kingdom are produced in three major cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.

Recyclable materials in the Kingdom amount to 50 million tons, and the new plan offers the opportunity to recycle around 85 percent of this material, utilizing it as a source of alternative energy to be used in manufacturing.

The company will play a key role in achieving the strategic goals of Vision 2030 in preserving the environment and developing and protecting the natural resources by developing innovative solutions to preserve the quality of life within the Kingdom. The company’s scope of operations will cover all recyclable materials, as well as each stage of the value chain.

In addition to its core activities, the company will increase public awareness through campaigns and initiatives designed to introduce the concepts of recycling, its sustainability and importance.

King Salman Holds Talks with Emir of Kuwait

Riyadh- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received, at his palace on Monday, Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah and his accompanying delegation, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.

During the royal audience, the two leaders reviewed close relations binding the two countries and overall regional developments, in addition to issues of common interest.

On the other hand, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques held a luncheon banquet, in grace of the visiting Emir of Kuwait, which was attended by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, Mansur bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Advisor to the King, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, various royal and non-royal princes, Kuwaiti accompanying delegation, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Thamer Jabir Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and other officials.

King Salman Praises US Strategy on Iran

Riyadh – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has affirmed his country’s support to the US strategy towards Iran.

During a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump on Saturday, King Salman welcomed the firm strategy announced by the president towards Iran, its aggressive activities and support for terrorism in the region and the world.

The White House said Sunday King Salman lauded Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal in a call.

“King Salman praised President Trump for his visionary new Iran strategy and pledged to support American leadership,” the statement regarding the telephone call between the two leaders read.

The king praised the leadership role of the new US administration, which recognizes the magnitude of these challenges and threats, stressing the need for concerted efforts and taking firm positions on terrorism and extremism and its first sponsor, Iran.

Trump expressed his appreciation for the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his support, and stressed US keenness to work with its allies to achieve world security and peace.

“President Trump thanked King Salman for Saudi Arabia’s support and emphasized the importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council in countering Iran’s destabilizing activities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region,” explained the White House statement.

The two sides also discussed relations between the two countries and ways of developing them, as well as issues of mutual concern.

King Salman Center for Relief Provides Yemeni Governorate with 12 Tons of Medical Aid

Taiz, Shabwa – King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works provided Shabwa and Hadramout Valley, in Yemen, with 12 tons of medical aid to combat Dengue Fever, in the framework of Dengue fever combat project, funded by the center.

The shipment consisted of as many as 1328 cans of medicines, including vein solvents, pharmaceutics and medical appliances to be delivered to hospitals and other medical units, in the two mentioned governorates.

Salem Al-Ahmadi, assistant Undersecretary of Shabwa Governorate, and Dr. Hani Al-Amoudi expressed their thanks to the King Salman Relief Center for this donation, pointing out that the shipment of medicines will contribute to improving the efficiency of hospitals and health facilities in the mentioned districts to combat dengue fever.

They also stressed the impact which the project’s programs have had on improving the health situation in the targeted districts.

King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works continued to deliver extra meals for displaced Yemeni students, in the Directorate of Al-Qahirah, in the Governorate of Taiz, to mitigate the suffering of them as well as their families.

For their part, the directors of these schools hailed the center role in alleviating the plight of students, in the governorate.

The project falls within an integrated world provided by the center to brethren Yemenis, to lessen their daily suffering, due to the ongoing crisis.

King Salman Congratulates Palestinian President on Reconciliation Agreement

Riyadh- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has congratulated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the reconciliation agreement struck between Fatah and Hamas movements in Cairo this week.

King Salman received on Friday a telephone call from Abbas who briefed him on the reconciliation deal.

During the conversation, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques stressed that unity is the roadmap to enabling the Palestinian government to serve its people.

He also lauded the efforts of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his government in striking the agreement.

For his part, Abbas expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his noble feelings and the support the Palestinian people receive from the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the era of late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman to date.

An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs also welcomed the reconciliation deal.

The source reaffirmed the Kingdom’s hope that this significant breakthrough would fulfill aspirations of the Palestinian people for achieving national unity and ending Palestinian internal division, in order to enable the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate rights, in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy and Arab Peace Initiative.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Welcome Trump’s ‘Firm’ Iran Strategy

Iran

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday US President Donald Trump’s new strategy against Iran and its hostile policy, hailing his vision in this regard and commitment to work with US allies in the region to counter common challenges.

The Kingdom said in a statement: “Riyadh had previously supported the nuclear agreement between Iran and the 5 + 1 powers, in the belief that it is necessary to limit the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in our region and the world.”

It had hoped that the agreement would prevent Iran from obtaining such arms in any way, continued the statement released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“Instead, Iran exploited the economic benefits of lifting the sanctions and used them to continue to destabilize the region, especially through its ballistic missile development program and support of terrorism in the region, including the Houthi militias in Yemen and ‘Hezbollah’.”

“Iran has not only done so in flagrant violation of the resolution, but also it transferred such potentials and experience to its militias, including the Houthis, who used the missiles to target the Kingdom. This therefore exposed the falsity of Iranian claims that the development of these capabilities is only for defensive reasons,” the statement added.

In continuation of its aggressive approach, Iran had, through its Revolutionary Guards and Houthi militia, repeatedly targeted international navigation passageways in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. The statement also accused it of carrying out cyber attacks against Saudi Arabia and regional countries.

The Kingdom therefore voiced its ongoing commitment to work with partners in the United States and international community to achieve the objectives declared by Trump.

It underlined the need to address threats posed by Tehran’s policies to international peace and security from a wider perspective beyond its nuclear program to include all of its aggressive activities, in order to cut off all avenues for it to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

Similarly, the United Arab Emirates also voiced its complete support for Trump’s new strategy to deal with Iran’s destabilizing policies.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “For too long, the Iranian regime has spread destruction and chaos throughout the region and beyond. The nuclear deal offered Iran an opportunity to engage responsibly with the international community. Instead, it only emboldened Iran to intensify its provocative and destabilizing behavior.”

“The new US strategy takes necessary steps to confront Iran’s malign behavior in all its forms – including its growing ballistic missile program, support for terrorist organizations like ‘Hezbollah’ and the Houthis, cyber attacks, interference in its neighbors’ domestic affairs and threats to the freedom of navigation,” continued the statement released by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The US Treasury Department’s designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is a strong measure that will help limit Tehran’s dangerous activities as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, stressed the statement.

“The UAE welcomes and endorses the new US strategy. We reaffirm our commitment to working with the US and our allies to counter the full range of Iran’s destabilizing activities and its support for extremists,” emphasized the Foreign Ministry.

Bahrain also welcomed the new US strategy, stressing that Iran is the leading world sponsor of terrorism.

Manama welcomed the steps announced by Trump on how to deal with the Iranian nuclear agreement, including imposing sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

It stressed that this stance is a confirmation and a reminder to the global community of the importance of combating terrorism and all those who support it to make the region and the world more peaceful and stable.

“The Kingdom lauds Trump’s policy and keenness to prevent chaos and to counter Iran’s attempts to promote terrorism,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

It affirmed that Bahrain “is one of the countries most affected by the expansionist policy of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which aims to undermine the security of our societies by promoting and supporting extremist ideas and destructive acts of terrorism.”

Bahrain expressed its support for all efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and all efforts aimed at combating its funding and arming of extremist militias in the region. It stressed the need for Iran to respect the sovereignty of its neighboring countries and commit to international laws.

KSU Wins Best Scientific Research Award at Dubai Conference

King Saud University (KSU), represented by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Chair for Osteoporosis Research at the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Science, has won the Best Scientific Research Award at the 5th Clinical Conference & American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Gulf Chapter Annual Meeting among the 106 papers submitted to the conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The KSU’s research titled “The Effect of Genetic Variations in Vitamin D Protein Gene on the Response to its Supplement,” said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

KSU is a public university in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, founded in 1957 by King Saud bin Abdulaziz as Riyadh University, as the first university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

KSU’s mission is to provide distinctive education, produce creative research, serve society and contribute in building the knowledge economy and community through learning, creative thinking environment, the optimal use of technology and effective international partnership.

Sudanese Minister of Information: Saudi’s Role in Lifting Sanctions Sets Ground for Firm Relation

Sudan

Riyadh – Sudanese Minister of Information Dr. Ahmed Bilal Osman said that Saudi Arabia’s role in lifting sanctions imposed on his country sets the ground for a firm relation between the two countries.

Following the meeting with Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad al-Awwad, Osman expressed his gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for all the efforts they exerted to lift sanctions imposed on his country.

He stressed that “this role played by the Saudi leadership sets the ground for a firm bilateral relation, and we hope that the media can serve as the expressing voice in all what matters for both countries.”

During the meeting, they reviewed boosting media cooperation and discussed ways of enhancing communication and supporting its aspects through means of modern technology of media dissemination between the two countries as well as means of investing the media outlets in transferring media content to serve the Arab and Islamic issues and address current challenges.

For his part, Dr. Awwad stressed that the talks between the two sides were constructive and fruitful as they discussed means of enhancing media relations between the two countries and developing their fields to serve common issues.

The talks focused on consolidating media bilateral relations and supporting aspects of communication through means of modern technology for media publishing.

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince were keen to strengthen relations with Sudan and to achieve the welfare and prosperity of the Sudanese people,” the Minister added.

“Upon directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the efforts exerted by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, have been crowned with success to lifting economic sanctions on Sudan,” Awwad confirmed.

Notably, Sudan has been subject to economic and commercial sanctions since 1997, imposed by different US administrations throughout this period.

Khartoum says that these sanctions have led to severe political and economic losses that have amounted up to $500 billion, yet the US administrations were renewing these sanctions year after the other without taking into consideration all the compromises made by Sudan.

However, what Saudi Arabia has done as an effective regional power and all the pressure it has put on the US administration during the past few years led to lifting these sanctions.

161 Projects Implemented by KSRelief in Yemen

Yemen

Riyadh- King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has implemented 161 projects in Yemeni governorates since its establishment by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The center said in a statement on Thursday that the $710.5-million-worth projects provided relief, humanitarian aid, sheltering, sanitation, agriculture and water in cooperation with 85 international and local partners focusing on projects for children and women and support for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia.

In the area of food security, sheltering and camp management and coordination, there have been up to 60 projects worth $264.2 million benefiting 22.1 million people through 26 partners, said the statement.

Education, protection and early recovery programs totaled 18 projects valued at $78.8 million with 3,915,336 beneficiaries through 13 partners, KSRelief said.

In health, nutrition, water and environment, there were $310.9-million-worth of 73 projects which benefited 72.6 million people through 43 partners.

As for communications in emergency cases, logistics and humanitarian coordination projects worth $56.5 million, the Center has allocated 10 projects with 15,112 beneficiaries through 3 partners.

The Center has been commended by heads of state, community leaders, international and regional organizations working in the fields of relief and humanitarian services.

Meanwhile, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has said his country was looking forward to receiving more humanitarian assistance and hoped that humanitarian organizations would be able to reach areas in need for aid through coordination with Yemen’s civil society.