Houthi missile shot down over Jazan

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ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-03-19
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1489865515089353200

JEDDAH: A Yemeni rebel missile was intercepted over the Kingdom late Friday, the Saudi-led Arab coalition said, as the death toll from a Houthi attack on a Yemeni army camp rose to 32.
The coalition said the missile, directed at Jazan, caused no casualties. The coalition destroyed the missile launch pad.
Meanwhile, coalition troops, supporting the legitimate Yemeni government, destroyed on Thursday three Houthi boats off the Midi port in Yemen, the central command announced Saturday. The boats were on their daily mission to attack coalition ships.
The coalition’s navy destroyed one boat, captured the other with its crew, while the third managed to escape to the high seas. The navy chased it late Saturday. The arrested crew members are being investigated.
Separately, the government condemned ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi militias, which launched rockets at a mosque in the province of Al-Maarib during Friday prayers, which left 32 dead and 81 wounded.
Military sources said the rebels hit the Kofel camp in Sarwah district with a Katyusha-type multiple rocket launcher and hit the mosque at the army camp crowded with soldiers. Al-Maarib province lies on the border with Saudi Arabia and most of it has been retaken by government forces.
In a statement, the Yemeni government stressed that the only effective solution is to complete the liberation of the rest of the territory and bring it under the government control.
The government, led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, urged the international community to condemn Houthi attacks on places of worship, and called for an urgent international investigation into the incident.
Separately, two Houthi leaders survived an air raid on their convoy in Taez Saturday that killed eight of their guards, military and medical sources said. 

 

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King returns home after Asia tour

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ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-03-19
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1489863937149210400

BEIJING: King Salman arrived in Riyadh on Saturday after a successful visit to China, Saudi Press Agency reported.
King Salman’s visit to China this week, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, resulted in the two leaders discussing bilateral relations and the prospect of developing a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
The two sides have identical stances on different regional and international issues, which makes cooperation easy to come about.
King Salman also met with Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang and with the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Zhang Dejiang for discussions during which the two sides expressed satisfaction with the significant pace of progress registered by their relations, particularly after President Xi’s visit to the Kingdom in January 2016. The two countries during the visit agreed that the High-level Joint Committee will constitute an important framework to boost friendly ties, deepen cooperation in all fields, expand horizons of cooperation in the political, security, military, economic, investment, health, education and mining fields, and increase cooperation in the priority fields. Those areas include economy, industrial projects, e-government, infrastructure, advanced technology and space. Other areas include and mutual investment in all sectors, including oil, renewable energy, electricity and peaceful use of atomic energy in a way that raise the level of strategic partnership between the two countries.
Several agreements were signed between the two countries, which will enhance the institutional framework for relations and ensure that both countries’ interests are served.
The two sides agreed on the need to continue and intensify mutual visits at leadership and other official level and to exchange views on issues of common interest.
China stressed its support for all Kingdom policies that work to maintain stability in the region and for the positive role it plays in regional and international affairs.
Saudi Arabia stressed again its belief in the One China policy.
Both sides expressed commitment to the “Doha Declaration” issued at the China-Arab Cooperation Forum last May, which stressed the principles of respect for sovereign states party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to choose the ways of settling disputes.
China supports the Kingdom’s efforts to achieve “Vision 2030” and is keen to be a partner that helps the Kingdom diversify its economy.
The Kingdom stressed its readiness to be a partner in building the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “Maritime Silk Road in the 21st Century” and supports China’s hosting of the “One Belt, One Road” Forum for international cooperation.
The Kingdom pledged to supply with oil the growing Chinese market and both sides stressed the importance of the stability of the oil market for the global economy.
The two agreed to strengthen international economic cooperation and develop international trade within the G-20 framework and of financial and international institutions, among which the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and to exert efforts, in collaboration with the Gulf Cooperation Council, to accelerate the establishment of the Chinese-GCC free trade zone.
Both China and Saudi Arabia condemned extremism and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations, stressing that terrorism is not practiced by any one race or religion and that they will cooperate in fighting these scourges.
China expressed appreciation for the steps taken by the Kingdom by establishing the Islamic Military Alliance to Combat Terrorism.
The two countries vowed to promote cultural exchange at official and popular levels, and encourage communication and cooperation in the fields of education, health, science, technology, tourism and media.
The two sides stressed the importance of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause based on the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
They also stressed the importance of finding a solution to the Syrian crisis, on the basis of the Geneva Declaration and the UN Security Council resolutions 2254 and 2268, as well as of providing humanitarian and relief assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced people.
Both stressed the importance of maintaining the unity of Yemen and achieving security and stability in this country where a political solution has to be found based on the Gulf initiative, the output of the national dialogue conference and Security Council Resolution 2216, reaffirming their support for the legitimate authority in Yemen.
The two sides expressed concern about the situation in Libya and hope that the national reconciliation government will be able to restore security and stability, and maintain the territorial integrity of the country, and support for the Iraqi government’s fight against the terrorist organization Daesh, stressing the importance of preserving Iraq’s unity, stability and independence.

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King’s visit to China reflects Saudi Arabia’s position globally, experts say

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ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-03-19
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1489863937129210100

RIYADH: The visit of King Salman to China has underscored the important position enjoyed by the Kingdom in the international community, business leaders told local media.
Ahmed Al-Rajihi, board chairman of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), said the king’s visit to China opens a new chapter in Saudi-Chinese strategic relations.
He said the agreements worth nearly $65 billion and signed by the two sides embodies promising future aspects of cooperation between the two countries.
The agreements also constitute one supportive step to the Kingdom’s plans re-build its national economy in a manner that will lessen dependence on oil as a sole income source, within the framework of Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (2020), he said.
Prince Abdullah bin Miteb bin Abdullah said the king’s visit to Asian countries has enormous importance in view of delicate political and economic conditions witnessed by the region.
The visit is expected to push the Saudi economy to further heights, notably after the signing of a series of economic, trade and investment deals by both sides, he said.
He said the visit comes within the framework of the Kingdom’s keenness to diversify its partnerships with the East Asian countries, and enhance its position as a key and historic bridge between the Asian and African continents.
He praised King Salman’s vision in offering effective solutions for problems facing not only the Islamic world, but also the international community, including extremism and terrorism. He said King Salman’s proposal on terrorism carries hope for a bright future for all countries of the world in order to reach peace and stability.
Ahmed bin Misfir Al-Ghamdi, deputy president of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), said the king’s visit to Asia reflects the Kingdom’s leading role in serving Islam and all people.
The visit reflects the Kingdom’s endeavors to cement Islamic solidarity and encourage the ranks of united Muslims to allow them to enjoy their true position among the world countries thanks to their enormous potentials and resources, he said.
He said the visit has also effectively contributed to support the Saudi leadership’s plans to increase of foreign investments and enhance the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and raising its share to the gross domestic product (GDP) from 20 percent to 35 percent.
He stressed the importance of benefiting from the experiences of progressive Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan in supporting the growth of the national economy.

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Media, extremism among topics address at informal Shoura meeting

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MOHAMMAD AL-SULAMI
Sun, 2017-03-19
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1489863937169210700

ALKHOBAR: The media should scrupulously quote Shoura Council members and be precise when conveying members’ statements to the public, Speaker of the Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh said as members addressed several issues.
“We have shortcomings in dealing with the media, our newspapers should be rational,” Al-Sheikh said.
Al-Sheikh made his remarks Thursday during a meeting hosted by Shoura Council member Abdulrahman Al-Rashid and attended by several Shoura members. The meeting, which was not scheduled, touched on a wide range of topics, although not in detail.
He said the Shoura Council needs such meetings because of the developments in all areas of life.
During the meeting, the official touched on Article 15 which tackles the authorities enjoyed by government powers, as well as the council’s regulations and non-interference of the ruler in the decision-making process, except in a limited manner.
He stressed that development should happen, but only by respecting the Shoura principles.
The request to accept young business councils as members of the Shoura Council enjoys support among the Shoura Council members, but young people need to exert more effort.
He said Article 23 allows the Shoura Council to discuss topics not tackled by the Council of Ministers.
He also acknowledged that there are some shortcomings in the Shoura in certain areas, which, he said, are under consideration.
Prince Khalid Al-Mashari, a Shoura member, said the council is mandated to discuss annual reports presented by government agencies on their performance, to offer recommendations, address points of weakness and support points of strength. Sheikh Ahmed Albo Ali, a mosque imam in the Eastern Region who attended the meeting, called for coexistence between religious sects in order to deprive those who want to harm the country.
The speaker said the topics discussed are important and stressed that the Kingdom was established to unite all citizens under one banner.
“We will not allow anybody to sow dissent among the members of the community, which is made up of a diversity of sects,” he said, adding that the Shoura Council regularly studies topics related to coexistence and on some of them it is progressing well. The speaker said the Kingdom was built on cohesion, and the acts of extremism committed by a few people can be attributed to their lack of Shariah-based teachings; they are often committed by individuals instigating youths and targeting the unity of the country.
Sheikh Hasan Al-Saffar reaffirmed the importance of national unity and criticized those who wish to do evil onto the country.
He called for voting again on an article criminalizing incitement through social media, which has an awful negative impact on citizens, and for banning published material that “demonizes and incites.”

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Riyadh Regional Council officials visit HCDR headquarters

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Sun, 2017-03-19
ID: 
1489863134129082100

RIYADH: Riyadh Regional Council Secretary-General Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Rabiah and council members visited the headquarters of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR).
They were received by Abdulaziz bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, Riyadh Development Authority (RDA) vice president for studies and planning.
According to the RDA website, the visit was made on the instruction of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, who is also HCDR chairman.
During the visit, the delegation watched a video presentation on the Riyadh Regional Plan, which was developed by the HCDR in coordination with the Riyadh Regional Council and many private and public bodies.
The plan aims to spread and balance development activities and guide future development trends in the region.
The delegation was briefed on the HCDR’s plans and programs, particularly the Metropolitan Development Strategy for the Riyadh Region, which guides and orchestrates all future activities of urban development in all sectors of the city.
The delegation explored key metropolitan development plans, projects and programs being carried out by the HCDR.
The delegation also watched a video presentation on the Riyadh Metro. The project aims to establish a sustainable, scalable and integrated metropolitan public transport system that features six lines, 85 stations and a 22-line bus network.
The delegation discussed with RDA officials future plans and programs in the Riyadh region and mutual coordination mechanisms.

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Riyadh Regional Council officials visit HCDR headquarters

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Sun, 2017-03-19
ID: 
1489863134129082100

RIYADH: Riyadh Regional Council Secretary-General Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Rabiah and council members visited the headquarters of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR).
They were received by Abdulaziz bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, Riyadh Development Authority (RDA) vice president for studies and planning.
According to the RDA website, the visit was made on the instruction of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, who is also HCDR chairman.
During the visit, the delegation watched a video presentation on the Riyadh Regional Plan, which was developed by the HCDR in coordination with the Riyadh Regional Council and many private and public bodies.
The plan aims to spread and balance development activities and guide future development trends in the region.
The delegation was briefed on the HCDR’s plans and programs, particularly the Metropolitan Development Strategy for the Riyadh Region, which guides and orchestrates all future activities of urban development in all sectors of the city.
The delegation explored key metropolitan development plans, projects and programs being carried out by the HCDR.
The delegation also watched a video presentation on the Riyadh Metro. The project aims to establish a sustainable, scalable and integrated metropolitan public transport system that features six lines, 85 stations and a 22-line bus network.
The delegation discussed with RDA officials future plans and programs in the Riyadh region and mutual coordination mechanisms.

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Saudi bank agreement to finance homes for 1.8m citizens

Author: 
GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN
Sun, 2017-03-19
ID: 
1489863134259083300

RIYADH: In a major move to address the housing shortages, the Ministry of Housing has teamed up with Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) to sign an agreement between the state-owned Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) and the BSF for housing finance.

The agreement stipulates that 1.2 million eligible Saudi citizens will benefit from the housing finance.
The deal was disclosed by Patrice Couvegnes, BSF managing director, following the visit of Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail to the bank on Thursday during which the two sides discussed the cooperation modules in the housing sector.
Al-Hogail and his delegation were hosted by BSF officials led by the bank’s board chairman Sulaiman Abdulrahman Al-Guwaiz.
The minister, REDF executives and the bank’s managers “discussed ways to boost and enhance their cooperation in the real estate field, as well as, its financing in general,” according to a statement.
In addition, the team discussed the provision of financing appropriate products with its respective programs, and products launched by the REDF in partnership with BSF.
Managing Director Couvegnes said: “The visit demonstrates the ministry’s scope of interest and trust with a positive communication method with the private sector in order to achieve the Vision 2030 toward the delivery of solutions that facilitate appropriate housing facilities for citizens.”
He added: “It also showcases the bank’s keenness to achieve those initiatives and aspirations by providing the best services and products to the clients.”
The agreement stipulates the bank to participate in the subsidized housing loan programs provided by the REDF.
“The agreement will allow BSF to contribute to the housing finance provided to 1.2 million eligible citizens,” according to a statement.

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Saudi bank agreement to finance homes for 1.8m citizens

Author: 
GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN
Sun, 2017-03-19
ID: 
1489863134259083300

RIYADH: In a major move to address the housing shortages, the Ministry of Housing has teamed up with Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) to sign an agreement between the state-owned Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) and the BSF for housing finance.

The agreement stipulates that 1.2 million eligible Saudi citizens will benefit from the housing finance.
The deal was disclosed by Patrice Couvegnes, BSF managing director, following the visit of Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail to the bank on Thursday during which the two sides discussed the cooperation modules in the housing sector.
Al-Hogail and his delegation were hosted by BSF officials led by the bank’s board chairman Sulaiman Abdulrahman Al-Guwaiz.
The minister, REDF executives and the bank’s managers “discussed ways to boost and enhance their cooperation in the real estate field, as well as, its financing in general,” according to a statement.
In addition, the team discussed the provision of financing appropriate products with its respective programs, and products launched by the REDF in partnership with BSF.
Managing Director Couvegnes said: “The visit demonstrates the ministry’s scope of interest and trust with a positive communication method with the private sector in order to achieve the Vision 2030 toward the delivery of solutions that facilitate appropriate housing facilities for citizens.”
He added: “It also showcases the bank’s keenness to achieve those initiatives and aspirations by providing the best services and products to the clients.”
The agreement stipulates the bank to participate in the subsidized housing loan programs provided by the REDF.
“The agreement will allow BSF to contribute to the housing finance provided to 1.2 million eligible citizens,” according to a statement.

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Pakistani women keen to take up bigger roles in social welfare

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-03-19
ID: 
1489863134179082400

RIYADH: A woman is an important part of any society and her capabilities should not be underestimated, a major gathering of Pakistani community activists in Riyadh was told recently.
“There were women among the wives and companions of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who serve as role models for us,” said Almas Mumtaz, a member of the ladies’ chapter of the Pakistan Writers Club (PWC) in Riyadh.
The club recently observed the International Women’s day with great enthusiasm while calling for a gender-inclusive world. The programs shed light on the theme of the day — “Be Bold for Change.” 
The PWC ladies’ chapter is a group of creative women, who are well known for community services. Speaking at the event, Ambreen Faiz Ahmad said that women are the backbone of any society and their role cannot be ignored. Asma Tariq said: “The International Women’s Day reminds us that it is very important and an honor to be a woman.”
She added: “It is a duty of every parent to teach their boys that they have come to this world because of a woman, and as such, they should always respect them.”
“Parents should also instill in them the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who bestowed upon the women the honor and respect that they deserved,” Tariq said.
Dr. Farah Nadia said that a woman has strong willpower and she derives strength from times of tribulation.
In her remarks, Farah Ehsan said that it was not right to paint women as weak and oppressed.
“We should know that Fatima Jinnah was a woman who fought with her brother and gifted us an independent country. Benazir Bhutto stood up against a brutal dictator and helped restore democracy in the country. Malala faced the challenges and won a coveted Nobel prize for peace,” Ehsan remarked. Madiha Malik said: “A woman has the capacity and capability to accomplish everything that men can achieve.”
Another speaker, Madiha Noman, said that a woman is an important part of any society and her capability should not be underestimated.
Qundeel Aymen said that the women of today have proved that they the masters and queens of any house.
Shumaila Malik also highlighted the positive role of women in her speech.

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Pakistani women keen to take up bigger roles in social welfare

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-03-19
ID: 
1489863134179082400

RIYADH: A woman is an important part of any society and her capabilities should not be underestimated, a major gathering of Pakistani community activists in Riyadh was told recently.
“There were women among the wives and companions of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who serve as role models for us,” said Almas Mumtaz, a member of the ladies’ chapter of the Pakistan Writers Club (PWC) in Riyadh.
The club recently observed the International Women’s day with great enthusiasm while calling for a gender-inclusive world. The programs shed light on the theme of the day — “Be Bold for Change.” 
The PWC ladies’ chapter is a group of creative women, who are well known for community services. Speaking at the event, Ambreen Faiz Ahmad said that women are the backbone of any society and their role cannot be ignored. Asma Tariq said: “The International Women’s Day reminds us that it is very important and an honor to be a woman.”
She added: “It is a duty of every parent to teach their boys that they have come to this world because of a woman, and as such, they should always respect them.”
“Parents should also instill in them the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who bestowed upon the women the honor and respect that they deserved,” Tariq said.
Dr. Farah Nadia said that a woman has strong willpower and she derives strength from times of tribulation.
In her remarks, Farah Ehsan said that it was not right to paint women as weak and oppressed.
“We should know that Fatima Jinnah was a woman who fought with her brother and gifted us an independent country. Benazir Bhutto stood up against a brutal dictator and helped restore democracy in the country. Malala faced the challenges and won a coveted Nobel prize for peace,” Ehsan remarked. Madiha Malik said: “A woman has the capacity and capability to accomplish everything that men can achieve.”
Another speaker, Madiha Noman, said that a woman is an important part of any society and her capability should not be underestimated.
Qundeel Aymen said that the women of today have proved that they the masters and queens of any house.
Shumaila Malik also highlighted the positive role of women in her speech.

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