DiplomaticQuarter: Kazakh ambassador, Saudi Shoura Council speaker review bilateral ties

Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Berik Aryn in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 28 November 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Kazakh ambassador, Saudi Shoura Council speaker review bilateral ties

RIYADH: Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Berik Aryn met with Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh at the council’s headquarters in Riyadh.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that they discussed increasing cooperation, issues of common concern to both countries, and ways to enhance bilateral ties in various fields, especially relations between the Shoura Council and Kazakhstan’s Parliament.

They also discussed activating the Saudi-Kazakh Parliamentary Friendship Committee to enhance parliamentary cooperation and joint work between the two countries.

Earlier this year, Aryn met with Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League. They discussed issues of common interest.

Aryn’s predecessor Bakhit Batyrshayev said last December: “Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia are strategic partners, and have many common features and interests.”

He added: “We’re proud of our strong, enduring partnership, and pledge to continue our work to further strengthen it.”


Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia condemned

Updated 30 March 2020

Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia condemned

  • GCC Secretary-General Dr. Naif bin Falah Al-Hajraf says the ‘terrorist attack’ is not on Saudi Arabia alone, but also on Gulf security and stability
  • Attacks shows real threat posed by Houthis and Iranian regime supporting them: Coalition

RIYADH: The US on Sunday condemned the latest attempt by Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen to target Saudi cities with ballistic missiles.

“As the world focuses on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and saving lives, the Houthis focused on doing the work of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force by attacking innocent civilians,” said John Abizaid, the US Ambassador to the Kingdom.

“We wish those injured in the attacks a speedy and full recovery.”

Two civilians suffered minor injuries from falling debris after Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed the Houthi missiles over Riyadh and the southern city of Jazan late on Saturday night.

Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government, shows to the media on Sunday parts of the Houthi missile that was shot down over Riyadh the night before. (SPA)

The missile attacks at such a time showed the real threat posed by the Houthis and the Iranian regime supporting them, Saudi-led coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki said.

GCC Secretary-General Dr. Naif  bin Falah Al-Hajraf said the “terrorist attack” was not on Saudi Arabia alone, but also on Gulf security and stability.  The GCC supported all measures the Kingdom would take to defend its land and protect its citizens, Al-Hajraf said, and he called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility in countering such acts.

The UAE also condemned the attacks, and said it stood with the Kingdom against every threat to its security and stability. The attack threatened global unity against the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE said.

 

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