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Speciale uitgave Saoedi Arabië in Focus – Vrouwen in Saudi Arabia – Mei 2017

Het Koninkrijk Saoedi Arabië heeft van de uitbreiding van gendergelijkheid een prioriteit gemaakt en werkt aan de verdere versterking van de positie van vrouwen in Saoedi-Arabië. Het Koninkrijk is dan ook trots verkozen te zijn geworden tot lid van de VN-Commissie voor Vrouwenrechten.  Onze laatste speciale editie kijkt naar de grote vooruitgang die geboekt werd met betrekking tot de positie van vrouwen, kijkt vooruit naar de verdere stappen die nog zullen volgen en huldigt als voorbeeld een aantal van de Saoedische vrouwen die de absolute top hebben bereikt in hun beroep.

Focus Arabie saoudite numéro spécial – Les Femmes en Arabie saoudite – mai 2017

Le royaume de l’Arabie saoudite s’est fixé comme priorité d’étendre l’égalite des genres et de responsabiliser davantage les femmes saoudiennes. Le royaume est fier d’être élu à la commission de la condition de la femme de l’ONU. Notre nouvelle édition spéciale prend compte des énormes progrès dans le domaine de la responsabilisation des femmes saoudiennes. Elle regarde vers les avancements à venir et célèbre également quelques Saoudiennes au faîte de leurs professions.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States have signed a historic agreement announcing their intent to establish the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a collaborative approach to confronting new and evolving threats arising from terrorist financing. The TFTC represents a new and creative response that leverages existing tools and formalizes cooperation between the United States, Saudi Arabia and partners in the Gulf to counter terrorist financing. The TFTC will be co-chaired by Saudi Arabia and the US, and will work collaboratively with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to counter global terror networks.  The TFTC’s goals are to:

  • Identify, track, and share information regarding terrorist financial networks;
  • Coordinate joint disruptive actions; and
  • Offer support to countries in the region that need assistance building capacity to counter terrorist finance threats.

The United States and the Gulf have worked hard to strengthen cooperation on countering the financing of terrorism. This relationship is exemplified by information sharing, regular high-level and expert-level engagement and joint disruptive actions that the U.S. and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have taken together over the years.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States, together with the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have all signed a new memorandum of understanding on countering the financing of terrorism.

  • May 24, 2017

25 trucks carrying 550 tons of medicines have been sent to Yemen by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action in a massive campaign aiming to tackle the cholera epidemic in Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of cholera deaths rose to 315 in three weeks, while another 30,000 are expected to carry the infection.

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action that cooperates with the WHO, UNICEF and the International Medical Corps, is also working with the GCC Aid Coordination Office and the other Arab coalition countries to implement urgent plan to contain the epidemic and to protect the Yemeni people from this risk.

  • May 24, 2017

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has urged Arab nations to promote a genuine partnership with the United States of America and fight “the forces of evil and extremism” together. He made the remarks at the historic Arab Islamic American Summit over the weekend in Riyadh, where he and U.S. President Donald Trump urged more than 50 leaders from the Arab and Muslim world to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

King Salman thanked President Trump for visiting Saudi Arabia on his first official trip abroad. He praised the Kingdom’s partnership with the U.S., which he said was aimed at achieving “peace, security and positive development.”

“We are meeting today at this summit to express the seriousness in taking rapid steps to promote a genuine partnership with the friendly United States of America in a way that serves our common interests and contributes to achieving security, peace and development for all mankind, which is confirmed by our Islamic religion,” said King Salman.

“Due to our responsibility before God and then before our peoples and the world, we have to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism whatever their source,” said King Salman.

King Salman criticized Iran for “rejecting good neighborliness” and instead pursuing regional expansion, engaging in criminal behavior, interfering with other countries’ internal affairs and violating international law.

“The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of terrorism since the Khomeini revolution until today,” said King Salman.

Following the Summit, King Salman and President Trump inaugurated the Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. The Center will work to counter and prevent the spread of extremism by promoting moderation, compassion and productive dialogue.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the Arab Islamic American Summit, held in Riyadh, was an important step in building an effective partnership to combat terrorism, promote positive dialogue and counter Iran.

Minister Al-Jubeir praised U.S. President Donald Trump’s attendance at the summit and his efforts to promote dialogue between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries. He reiterated President Trump’s message that the fight against terrorism is one of good versus evil.

“The President deserves a lot of credit for taking this step, making his first visit outside the U.S. to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and land of the Two Holy Mosques, and then going to Israel and then going to the Vatican to deal with the Jewish world and with the Christian world in order to try to bring the three religions together,” said Minister Al-Jubeir.

Both leaders stressed the importance of productive understanding, tolerance, and dialogue among nations and different religions.

“I believe that the fact that this summit took place is historic. I cannot overemphasize the importance of it to the history of the world,” said Minister Al-Jubeir. “Unless we are able to move from notions of a clash of civilizations and move towards a partnership among civilizations, we will not be able to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.”

Minister Al-Jubeir argued that Iran must end its meddling in international affairs and its expansionist behavior

  • May 22, 2017


Saudi Arabia in Focus Special – Women in Saudi Arabia – May 2017

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made it a priority to extend gender equality and further empower women in Saudi Arabia, and is proud to have been elected to a position on the UN Commission for the Status of Women. Our latest special edition reviews the huge progress that has been made in women’s empowerment, looks ahead to the advances still to come, and celebrates just some of the Saudi women who have reached the top of their professions.

De maandelijkse nieuwsbrief van de missie van Saoedi-Arabië bij de Europese Unie – april 2017

Lees de laatste uitgave van Saoedi-Arabië in Focus, de maandelijkse nieuwsbrief van de Saoedische missie bij de Europese Unie voor meer nieuws over de bijkomende financiële steun van het Koninkrijk voor haar broeders in Jemen ten bedrage van 138 miljoen euro, de laatste gedachtewisselingen tussen Rusland en Saoedi-Arabië over Syrië en de versterkte banden tussen Saoedi-Arabië en de VS in de strijd tegen terrorisme. Wij houden u eveneens op de hoogte van onze vooruitgang rond Vision 2030 en wij schetsen het profiel van twee Saoedische vrouwen, die door hun uitzonderlijke werk uitblinken in het veld van de natuurwetenschap en de kunstwereld.

Saudi Arabia and Political, Economic & Social Development – May 2017

The development of Saudi Arabia is not a recent phenomenon. It is a steady project of modernization, in which each generation builds on the progress of its antecedents. For decades, Saudi Arabia has made an effort to improve the lives of its citizens – using the wealth generated from the Kingdom’s natural resources to fund the social and economic development of the nation. Every measure of human development – life expectancy, infant mortality, literacy, per capita income, etc. – has improved dramatically in the span of a single generation.

In this new white paper, we set out our plans to harness the challenges and opportunities of the new generation as new impetus for development. Vision 2030, the ambitious program of development for the Kingdom unveiled by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in April 2016, seeks to build on Saudi Arabia’s strengths as an investment powerhouse situated in the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, with strong geographic connections to Europe, Asia and Africa. The Vision 2030 plan outlines 24 specific goals for the Kingdom to achieve in economic, political and societal development. Vision 2030 further articulates 18 commitments to achieve these goals – with specific initiatives in renewable energy, manufacturing, education, e-governance, entertainment and culture.

  • May 16, 2017

La newsletter de la Mission saoudienne auprès de l’UE – avril 2017

Cette édition vous tiendra informé de la contribution supplémentaire de €138 millions d’euro destinée au Yémen, des échanges diplomatiques entre l’Arabie saoudite et la Russie au sujet de la crise en Syrie, du rapprochement des liens entre le Royaume et les Etats-Unis dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et des développements relatifs au projet Vision 2030. Elle dresse également le portrait de deux Saoudiennes qui se distinguent par leur travail exceptionnel dans le monde des sciences naturelles et des arts.

  • May 12, 2017