Saudi Arabia’s king, crown prince extend condolences to Kuwait emir on death of Sheikh Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman extended their condolences Friday to the emir of Kuwait on the death of Sheikh Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. (File/SPA)
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Updated 11 June 2021

Saudi Arabia’s king, crown prince extend condolences to Kuwait emir on death of Sheikh Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

  • The emir of Kuwait thanked the king and the crown prince for their condolences

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman extended their condolences Friday to the emir of Kuwait on the death of Sheikh Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.
During a telephone call to the emir, King Salman prayed that God forgive the deceased and have mercy on him.
Prince Mohammed asked God to grant the deceased’s family patience.
The emir of Kuwait thanked the king and the crown prince for their condolences.


KSrelief chief meets Japanese envoy in Riyadh

Updated 20 June 2021

KSrelief chief meets Japanese envoy in Riyadh

The supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met Japanese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Iwai Fumio, in Riyadh on Sunday.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of mutual interest related to humanitarian and aid affairs, and ways of enhancing cooperation.

Fumio praised KSrelief’s humanitarian and relief projects and programs aimed at helping countries and people in need around the world.

He also commended relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Also on Sunday, Al-Rabeeah met Saudi ambassador to Tajikistan, Walid Al-Rasheedan.

The pair discussed issues of common interest related to rescue and humanitarian work between the Kingdom, represented by KSrelief, and Tajikistan, in addition to projects executed by KSrelief in the country.

Al-Rasheedan praised the efforts of KSrelief in support of impoverished people around the world, especially in Tajikistan, which comes as a result of support for KSrelief by the Kingdom’s leadership.

 

 


Who’s Who: Dr. Badar Al-Harbi,  deputy director general  at Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration

Updated 21 June 2021

Who’s Who: Dr. Badar Al-Harbi,  deputy director general  at Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration

Dr. Badar Al-Harbi has been the deputy director general for training affairs at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) since 2016.

Al-Harbi, who has also been an assistant professor of health administration at the IPA since 2011, received a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from King Saud University in 2000. 

Four years later, Al-Harbi was granted a master’s degree in the same field from Florida International University, US. In 2011, he obtained a Ph.D. in health services management from the University of New England, Australia.

In 2005, he received Prince Bander bin Sultan Al-Saud’s Award for Academic Excellence from the Saudi Embassy in the US. The same year, he was listed on the American Chancellor’s List for High Academic Performance.

In June 2016, he spent four months as the director general of the IPA’s center for the development of administrative leaders. Prior to that, he worked for nearly two years as the institute’s manager of health sector, He had also served as a health sector coordinator at the IPA from 2013 to 2014.

From 2004 to 2011, Al-Harbi was a lecturer in the health administration of the IPA, where he had worked as an assistant trainer for four years beginning in 2000.

Al-Harbi has been a board member of the National Institute for Educational Development since January 2021. He has also been a member of the IPA’s scientific council since 2019. Moreover, he is a board member of the Human Resources Development Fund since 2018, where he is also the chairman of the internal audit committee since 2019.


Arab countries condemn Houthis’ launching of 17 drones toward Saudi Arabia from Yemen

Updated 20 June 2021

Arab countries condemn Houthis’ launching of 17 drones toward Saudi Arabia from Yemen

  • Iran-backed Houthi militia have consistently launched attacks against the Kingdom
  • The militia once again face international condemnation

RIYADH: Arab countries and organizations have denounced the Houthi attacks targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait and Najran using explosive-laden drones.
Saudi Arabia’s air defenses destroyed 17 drones launched toward the Kingdom’s southern region on Saturday.
A booby-trapped drone targeted Khamis Mushait early in the morning before seven more targeting the southern region were intercepted in Yemeni airspace during the afternoon.
Khamis Mushait was again targeted by two drones in the evening.
Another drone targeted Najran late evening before six more were shot down near midnight.

The Council of Arab Interior Ministers expressed its strong condemnation and absolute rejection of the terrorist attacks.
“The General Secretariat of the Council condemns these cowardly terrorist acts through which this militia is trying to target civilians and civilian objects on an ongoing and systematic basis, and this represents a violation of international law and war crimes and its perpetrators must be held accountable,” it said in a statement from its headquarters in Tunis.
The attacks are “clear evidence of the persistence of this militia in its blatant transgressions and its continuous refusal to comply with calls for peace and the efforts made to try to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.”
The Arab interior ministers council renewed its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia and its absolute support in all the measures it takes to repel terrorist attacks, defend its security and protect its lands its facilities, citizens and residents.
Nayef Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, condemned the continued and repeated attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis and said this reflects their blatant defiance of the international community, their disregard for all international laws and norms, and their rejection of all efforts aimed at bringing peace to Yemen.
He also called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and take a decisive stance toward the Houthi militia to stop these repeated terrorist acts targeting vital and civilian facilities.
The Muslim World League said “these attacks reflect the level of barbarism and the state of humiliation and despair that this militia suffers, while the Kingdom, in confronting this terrorist behavior, affirms its full ability to protect its lands and silence this criminal absurdity, with its high moral commitment stemming from its religious and national values and respect for international laws, charters and norms in its leadership of the Arab coalition.”
Bahrain’s foreign ministry said the militia’s continuation of the attacks threatened the security, stability, and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia, state news agency BNA reported.
Djibouti’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama said: “While the world is looking for solution initiatives in Yemen in order to achieve security and peace for its people, the militia continues to target civilians in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Press Agency SPA reported.
The Arab Parliament, meanwhile, stressed the need for the international community to take immediate measures against the militia that threatened peace and security in the region.
Kuwait said it supported all the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to maintain its security and stability.
The UAE condemned the Houthis for “systematically targeting civilians,” while Jordan said any threat to the security of Saudi Arabia was a threat to the entire region.

Egypt also issued a similar statement.
The Houthi’s deliberate and systematic escalation against Yemen constituted a war crime, the Arab coalition said, adding that it was taking measures to protect civilians from attacks.
The Iran-backed Houthis have been attacking the Kingdom with explosive-laden drones on an almost daily basis in recent weeks despite US, United Nations and Saudi calls for a ceasefire in Yemen.

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Saudi envoy congratulates UN chief on second term

Updated 19 June 2021

Saudi envoy congratulates UN chief on second term

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN in New York, congratulated UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on securing a second term.

Al-Mouallimi expressed the aspiration of the Saudi mission to continue working with the secretary-general in promoting peace and security around the world as well as ensuring the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Meanwhile, Al-Mouallimi chaired the virtual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Contact Group with the UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener.

The meeting tackled the latest political developments in Myanmar and the humanitarian situation of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

 


Who’s Who: Abdulrahman Al-Arifi, deputy director general at Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration

Updated 19 June 2021

Who’s Who: Abdulrahman Al-Arifi, deputy director general at Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration

Abdulrahman Al-Arifi is deputy director general for research and consultation at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

In 2001, he received a master’s degree in computer science from the University of New Orleans, US. In 2012, he obtained a Ph.D. in information systems from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. His doctoral thesis was nominated for the QUT outstanding doctoral thesis award in 2015.

Al-Arifi joined IPA as a faculty member in 1996. Some of his main responsibilities are to oversee, evaluate and innovate IPA research and consultancy services that are provided to the public and private sectors.

He is chair of the scientific council and the supervisor general of the editorial board of the Public Administration Journal, which oversees IPA’s academic activities. He has also served as both member and consultant in many government committees.

Before his appointment, Al-Arifi served as IT director general, where he was responsible for overseeing and monitoring the execution of projects in the four departments of applications, operations, customer services and information security.

Through his research activities, he leads and assists in the production of authentic and in-depth studies that analyze and address administrative issues. He also supervises consultation activities and assists in providing professional consultations based on modern scientific methodologies.

Al-Arifi, a certified ITIL V3, has won several awards for his research. In 2015, he was recognized by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia for his academic performance.