Cultural ties will add new facet to Saudi-South Korean relations

South Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-Wook
Updated 01 September 2018
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Cultural ties will add new facet to Saudi-South Korean relations

  • The caravan will promote cultural cooperation and increase mutual goodwill between Korea and Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea also plans to hold the first-ever Korean history and culture exhibition in Riyadh later this year

RIYADH: Enhancing Saudi-South Korean cultural ties will add “an important facet” to the “very wide-ranging” bilateral relationship, South Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-Wook told Arab News on Saturday. 

The Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan will be held in the Saudi capital on Oct. 14. More than 20 Korean artists will perform at the cultural event in the Riyadh-based King Fahd Cultural Center (KFCC), said Jo. It is being organized by the Seoul-based Korea-Arab Society (KAS), a nonprofit foundation.

“Designed to promote mutual understanding and communication between Korea and the Arab world, particularly with Saudi Arabia, the Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan will offer Korean cultural programs that combine tradition and modernity to effectively introduce Korean culture and art to the Arab region,” the ambassador said. 

“The caravan will promote cultural cooperation and increase mutual goodwill between Korea and the Kingdom on the one hand, and between Korea and the Arab world on the other.”

South Korea “plans to hold the first-ever Korean history and culture exhibition in Riyadh later this year,” Jo added. 

The exhibition will run for about two months, and will be organized in collaboration with Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the envoy said. 

“Cultural exchange allows us to have a deeper understanding of each other,” he added, citing the Asian tour of the Roads of Arabia Exhibition, which was organized by the SCTH in South Korea last year.

“The Korean Embassy (in the Kingdom) will also hold a mega National Day celebration with great fanfare by the end of October this year,” Jo said. 

The celebration will feature cultural shows, and will be followed by a jointly organized health care forum later this year, he added.

“There’s a need to focus on strong complementarities and mutual interests that remain largely untapped,” Jo said. 

Extensive cultural exchanges can lay “the groundwork and create networks for the long-term development of ever-deeper levels of understanding, friendship and cooperation,” he added.


KSRelief medics’ timely intervention saves Yemeni infant’s life

Updated 24 August 2019
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KSRelief medics’ timely intervention saves Yemeni infant’s life

  • Jana’s father thanked the medical team for saving his daughter’s life. 

MUKALLA: A volunteer medical team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has saved the life of a Yemeni girl who was suffering from a severe lack of oxygen in the blood, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Jana Basheaib was born with a blockage in the pulmonary valve and a constriction of the tricuspid valve in her heart that prevented the delivery of blood to her lungs, leading to a severe lack of oxygen in her body that required urgent intervention.

Her father Adnan said he had noticed her dark blue color days after she was born, but had not been able to find treatment for her in Yemen. She was also too sick to be moved abroad. 

His brother connected him with a KSRelief team so that the 10-day-old infant could get the help she needed. 

FASTFACTS

•KSRelief is working in Yemen with comprehensive plans to alleviate people’s suffering.

•The center has implemented 363 projects across the country at a cost of $2.26 billion.

•The projects cover various sectors including food security, health and education.

Basheaib filed a report describing her condition and received an immediate response from KSRelief, saying it would send a medical team to Yemen and an appointment for surgery was made.

Basheaib took his daughter from Tarim to Mukalla, a six-hour drive. Upon arrival at the Pulse of Life Center for Cardiology, Jana was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit. The medical team arrived in time to successfully perform the surgery.

He thanked the medical team for saving his daughter’s life. 

The head of the KSRelief medical team, Prof. Jameel Ata, said: “The medical campaign comes within the framework of the voluntary campaigns to treat difficult and critical cases. This is KSRelief’s third campaign for open-heart surgeries and catheterizations for Yemeni children in less than six months.”

The medical campaigns have covered the treatment of more than 20 children from Yemen’s low-income families to alleviate their suffering.