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The United Nations envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, reporting to the Security Council, urgently stressed the need for a peace agreement to end the conflict in Yemen. He indicated that Houthis refused to even discuss a proposed agreement on the port city of Hodeidah, controlled by the Iranian-backed militia. An agreement would have helped in preventing a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Hodeidah

He said that his proposal — covering security, economic and humanitarian elements — would allow commercial and humanitarian supplies into Al Hodeidah while halting the diversion of customs revenues and taxes that could be spent on salaries and services.

Regrettably, he said, the delegation of the Houthis and the General People’s Congress (Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party) —in Sana’a, had refused to discuss such an agreement.

Speciale uitgave Saoedi Arabië in Focus – Vrouwen in Saudi Arabia – Mei 2017

Het Koninkrijk Saoedi Arabië heeft van de uitbreiding van gendergelijkheid een prioriteit gemaakt en werkt aan de verdere versterking van de positie van vrouwen in Saoedi-Arabië. Het Koninkrijk is dan ook trots verkozen te zijn geworden tot lid van de VN-Commissie voor Vrouwenrechten.  Onze laatste speciale editie kijkt naar de grote vooruitgang die geboekt werd met betrekking tot de positie van vrouwen, kijkt vooruit naar de verdere stappen die nog zullen volgen en huldigt als voorbeeld een aantal van de Saoedische vrouwen die de absolute top hebben bereikt in hun beroep.


Focus Arabie saoudite numéro spécial – Les Femmes en Arabie saoudite – mai 2017

Le royaume de l’Arabie saoudite s’est fixé comme priorité d’étendre l’égalite des genres et de responsabiliser davantage les femmes saoudiennes. Le royaume est fier d’être élu à la commission de la condition de la femme de l’ONU. Notre nouvelle édition spéciale prend compte des énormes progrès dans le domaine de la responsabilisation des femmes saoudiennes. Elle regarde vers les avancements à venir et célèbre également quelques Saoudiennes au faîte de leurs professions.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States have signed a historic agreement announcing their intent to establish the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a collaborative approach to confronting new and evolving threats arising from terrorist financing. The TFTC represents a new and creative response that leverages existing tools and formalizes cooperation between the United States, Saudi Arabia and partners in the Gulf to counter terrorist financing. The TFTC will be co-chaired by Saudi Arabia and the US, and will work collaboratively with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to counter global terror networks.  The TFTC’s goals are to:

  • Identify, track, and share information regarding terrorist financial networks;
  • Coordinate joint disruptive actions; and
  • Offer support to countries in the region that need assistance building capacity to counter terrorist finance threats.

The United States and the Gulf have worked hard to strengthen cooperation on countering the financing of terrorism. This relationship is exemplified by information sharing, regular high-level and expert-level engagement and joint disruptive actions that the U.S. and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have taken together over the years.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States, together with the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have all signed a new memorandum of understanding on countering the financing of terrorism.

  • May 24, 2017

25 trucks carrying 550 tons of medicines have been sent to Yemen by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action in a massive campaign aiming to tackle the cholera epidemic in Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of cholera deaths rose to 315 in three weeks, while another 30,000 are expected to carry the infection.

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action that cooperates with the WHO, UNICEF and the International Medical Corps, is also working with the GCC Aid Coordination Office and the other Arab coalition countries to implement urgent plan to contain the epidemic and to protect the Yemeni people from this risk.

  • May 24, 2017

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has urged Arab nations to promote a genuine partnership with the United States of America and fight “the forces of evil and extremism” together. He made the remarks at the historic Arab Islamic American Summit over the weekend in Riyadh, where he and U.S. President Donald Trump urged more than 50 leaders from the Arab and Muslim world to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

King Salman thanked President Trump for visiting Saudi Arabia on his first official trip abroad. He praised the Kingdom’s partnership with the U.S., which he said was aimed at achieving “peace, security and positive development.”

“We are meeting today at this summit to express the seriousness in taking rapid steps to promote a genuine partnership with the friendly United States of America in a way that serves our common interests and contributes to achieving security, peace and development for all mankind, which is confirmed by our Islamic religion,” said King Salman.

“Due to our responsibility before God and then before our peoples and the world, we have to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism whatever their source,” said King Salman.

King Salman criticized Iran for “rejecting good neighborliness” and instead pursuing regional expansion, engaging in criminal behavior, interfering with other countries’ internal affairs and violating international law.

“The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of terrorism since the Khomeini revolution until today,” said King Salman.

Following the Summit, King Salman and President Trump inaugurated the Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. The Center will work to counter and prevent the spread of extremism by promoting moderation, compassion and productive dialogue.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the Arab Islamic American Summit, held in Riyadh, was an important step in building an effective partnership to combat terrorism, promote positive dialogue and counter Iran.

Minister Al-Jubeir praised U.S. President Donald Trump’s attendance at the summit and his efforts to promote dialogue between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries. He reiterated President Trump’s message that the fight against terrorism is one of good versus evil.

“The President deserves a lot of credit for taking this step, making his first visit outside the U.S. to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and land of the Two Holy Mosques, and then going to Israel and then going to the Vatican to deal with the Jewish world and with the Christian world in order to try to bring the three religions together,” said Minister Al-Jubeir.

Both leaders stressed the importance of productive understanding, tolerance, and dialogue among nations and different religions.

“I believe that the fact that this summit took place is historic. I cannot overemphasize the importance of it to the history of the world,” said Minister Al-Jubeir. “Unless we are able to move from notions of a clash of civilizations and move towards a partnership among civilizations, we will not be able to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.”

Minister Al-Jubeir argued that Iran must end its meddling in international affairs and its expansionist behavior

  • May 22, 2017


Saudi Arabia in Focus Special – Women in Saudi Arabia – May 2017

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made it a priority to extend gender equality and further empower women in Saudi Arabia, and is proud to have been elected to a position on the UN Commission for the Status of Women. Our latest special edition reviews the huge progress that has been made in women’s empowerment, looks ahead to the advances still to come, and celebrates just some of the Saudi women who have reached the top of their professions.

De maandelijkse nieuwsbrief van de missie van Saoedi-Arabië bij de Europese Unie – april 2017

Lees de laatste uitgave van Saoedi-Arabië in Focus, de maandelijkse nieuwsbrief van de Saoedische missie bij de Europese Unie voor meer nieuws over de bijkomende financiële steun van het Koninkrijk voor haar broeders in Jemen ten bedrage van 138 miljoen euro, de laatste gedachtewisselingen tussen Rusland en Saoedi-Arabië over Syrië en de versterkte banden tussen Saoedi-Arabië en de VS in de strijd tegen terrorisme. Wij houden u eveneens op de hoogte van onze vooruitgang rond Vision 2030 en wij schetsen het profiel van twee Saoedische vrouwen, die door hun uitzonderlijke werk uitblinken in het veld van de natuurwetenschap en de kunstwereld.