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KSA Mission Newsletter April 2017

Read the April edition of Saudi Arabia in Focus, the regular update from the Saudi mission to the EU for updates on

  • The Kingdom’s additional support to its Yemeni brothers with a donation of €138m
  • Recent Saudi Arabia – Russia exchanges on the situation in Syria
  • Saudi-US ties in the fight against terrorism
  • Saudi women in the spotlight
  • Progress on Vision 2030

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 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.

Saudi Arabia and Political, Economic & Social Development – May 2017

The development of Saudi Arabia is not a recent phenomenon. It is a steady project of modernization, in which each generation builds on the progress of its antecedents. For decades, Saudi Arabia has made an effort to improve the lives of its citizens – using the wealth generated from the Kingdom’s natural resources to fund the social and economic development of the nation. Every measure of human development – life expectancy, infant mortality, literacy, per capita income, etc. – has improved dramatically in the span of a single generation.

In this new white paper, we set out our plans to harness the challenges and opportunities of the new generation as new impetus for development. Vision 2030, the ambitious program of development for the Kingdom unveiled by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in April 2016, seeks to build on Saudi Arabia’s strengths as an investment powerhouse situated in the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, with strong geographic connections to Europe, Asia and Africa. The Vision 2030 plan outlines 24 specific goals for the Kingdom to achieve in economic, political and societal development. Vision 2030 further articulates 18 commitments to achieve these goals – with specific initiatives in renewable energy, manufacturing, education, e-governance, entertainment and culture.

  • May 16, 2017

La newsletter de la Mission saoudienne auprès de l’UE – avril 2017

Cette édition vous tiendra informé de la contribution supplémentaire de €138 millions d’euro destinée au Yémen, des échanges diplomatiques entre l’Arabie saoudite et la Russie au sujet de la crise en Syrie, du rapprochement des liens entre le Royaume et les Etats-Unis dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et des développements relatifs au projet Vision 2030. Elle dresse également le portrait de deux Saoudiennes qui se distinguent par leur travail exceptionnel dans le monde des sciences naturelles et des arts.

  • May 12, 2017

H.E. Mr Abdulrahman Alahmed, Saudi Ambassador to Belgium and Head of Mission to the EU, spoke on behalf of the Kingdom at the the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Coordination of Development Assistance for the Palestinian Authority on 4 May in Brussels. The full text of his speech is given below.


In the name of God the Most Graceful the Most Merciful

 

Chairperson,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

At the outset, we welcome the convening of this meeting, wishing success in its work and deliberations.

 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reiterates its firm support for the Palestinian people and its inalienable rights, foremost of which is the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian State, in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1964, including Jerusalem, in accordance with the Constitution of the United Nations, its relevant resolutions and International legal standards and principles.
Saudi Arabia also calls for the withdrawal of Israel from all the Arab-occupied territories and an end to the construction of settlements on the Palestinian territories, which are illegal and present a serious obstacle to peace.

 

In 2002, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented its historic Peace Initiative, which has been adopted by the Beirut Arab Summit and became an Arab initiative for peace that was equally adopted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It represented an important and historic turning point in the peace process, and set in motion a new phase to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, in addition to laying the foundation for a comprehensive and just peace, where Palestinians, Israelis and all people of the region live in harmony, security and prosperity.

 

The Amman Declaration, issued by the last Arab Countries’ Summit in March, reaffirms this initiative, strengthens the commitment of the Arab side, and calls on the Israeli side to initiate a response for peace.

 

The Palestinian issue is at the centre of the conflict in the Middle East, and is the focal point of all conflicts in the region. One of the most dangerous aspects of the conflict in Palestine are Israel’s plans to make the city of Jerusalem exclusively Jewish; to change its demographic structure, distort its Arab-Islamic identity and tamper with its Islamic holy sites.

 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects any violation of Jerusalem and any attempt to circumvent the historical and religious status of 1.5 billion Muslims. The Kingdom firmly denounces any attempt to change its legal status, admit it as the capital of Israel, or transfer any embassy to it. We call on all States to abide by international resolutions in this regard.

 

Since the inception of the Palestinian cause, Saudi Arabia has committed itself to providing material and moral support to the Palestinian Authority. This support, both bilateral or through International Organizations, underpins the steadfastness of the brotherly Palestinian people at all political, economic and humanitarian levels, either as humanitarian aid relief or as a support for reconstruction programs, in various sectors such as education, health, infrastructure and many more. In this respect, the Government of Saudi Arabia paid its full share up to March 2017, which brings the total amount paid to support the Palestinian budget, to more than 2.3 billion US dollars since 2002.

 

In this regard, we emphasize on how to improve the regularity of financial resources provided to the Palestinian Authority. In addition, the most pressing step to be made in this endeavour is to regulate and maintain the monthly transfers of tax revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The International Community should work to achieve that goal, as donors cannot step in each time Israel stops paying tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority.

 

The time has come to give the people of Palestine a peaceful and secure life. We call on all donor countries to fulfil their commitments. The international community must act to open the crossings as soon as possible, to ensure that they remain open so that donors can implement their plans and programs for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, taking into consideration that the financial support alone is not the sole solution to the problem of the Palestinians. Political support, especially from the international community, is required now: to resolve the Palestinian issue; to achieve real, lasting justice; to improve the economic, social and development conditions of the Palestinian people; and to seek lasting peace in Palestine and in the broader region.

Thank you.

 

His Excellency Mr Abdulrahman Bin Sulaiman Alahmed
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Mission to the European Union