Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief calls for urgent support to Syrian refugees

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) reaffirmed the importance of supporting the UN-backed Geneva peace process aimed at finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis. (SPA)
Updated 16 March 2019
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief calls for urgent support to Syrian refugees

  • The eight-year war in Syria has claimed around half-a-million lives since March 2011

BRUSSELS: The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for urgent international action to address the plight of Syrian refugees and displaced people.
The OIC’s secretary-general, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, has issued a plea for financial help to bridge a funding gap in humanitarian aid for the millions left homeless by the long-running conflict in Syria.
In a key address before the Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, being held in Brussels, Al-Othaimeen urged the international community to stump up extra funding to tackle one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. The eight-year war in Syria has claimed around half-a-million lives since March 2011.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.