Turkish MoD Announces the Killing of 3 PKK Militants in Northern Iraq

Istanbul The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the killing of three militants of the “PKK” as part of the ongoing “Paw Lock” operation in northern Iraq.

The Turkish Defense said in a statement today, Wednesday, that one of the Turkish army units in charge of Operation Lock Claw monitored the movements of Kurdish militants in its area of ​​operations, and after an exchange of fire in which artillery was used, it managed to kill three PKK militants in northern Iraq.

It is noteworthy that the Turkish army carried out a large-scale military operation on the 18th of last April and is still ongoing, called the Claw Lock against the strongholds of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the areas of Matina, Zab, Afshin and Bazian in northern Iraq.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

PM And His Kuwaiti Counterpart Stress the Importance of Consolidating Joint Cooperation At Various Levels Between the Two Countries

Baghdad Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi met his Kuwaiti counterpart, Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on the sidelines of the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly at its 77th session, held in New York.

According to a statement by Al-Kadhimi’s office, during the meeting, relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed, ways of developing them, and discussing regional issues, and files of common interest.

The meeting stressed the importance of consolidating joint cooperation at various levels between Iraq and Kuwait, increasing economic cooperation and investment, and activating the Iraqi-Kuwaiti Joint Ministerial Committee, in a way that enhances the interests of the peoples of the two brotherly countries in prosperity and development.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Yarallah Discusses with the Director of the Office of Security Cooperation the Prospects for Cooperation and Coordination Between the Two Sides in the Military Field

Baghdad The Chief of Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Rashid Yarallah, discussed with the Director of the Security Cooperation Office the prospects for cooperation and coordination between the two sides in the military field.

A statement by the Ministry of Defense stated that Yarallah received, today, Wednesday, the Director of the Office of Security Cooperation and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of the Commander of the Land Forces, and representatives of the Air Force Command.

According to the statement, the meeting dealt with discussing prospects for cooperation and coordination between the two sides in the military field, in addition to providing logistical support and attributing the efforts of the military institution at the level of training, arming and providing expertise to raise the combat capabilities of all units of the Iraqi army.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

A Parliamentary Committee Calls Forming An Investigation Committee Into the Killing of the Young Girl, Zainab Essam

Baghdad The Parliamentary Human Rights Committee called for forming an investigative committee to investigate the incident of the martyrdom of the Iraqi young girl, Zainab Essam, at the hands of US forces in Baghdad.

In a statement, the committee called for taking decisive and deterrent measures by government agencies, holding the negligent accountable, bringing them to justice, and reducing the disregard for the blood of Iraqis for years.

It pointed out: “The mismanagement and the weak precautionary measures in the training grounds located on the outskirts of the international airport area for the shooting field for the American forces, have always been extracting the lives of Iraqis, which killed the young Zainab Essam as a result of the mismanagement that the people nearby complained about within the area where the random shooting of US forces takes place “.

Zainab Issam Majed Al-Khazali, fifteen years old, from the village of Albu Alwan in Abu Ghraib district, was working on her family’s farm to collect “vegetables”, before she died from a stray bullet.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Bahrain participates in GCC-UK Joint Ministerial Meeting

New York, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani participated in the GCC-UK Joint Ministerial Meeting.

The meeting was held at the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom in New York on the sidelines of the 77 UNGA.

The GCC delegation was headed by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs Minister and Chairman of the current session of the Ministerial Council, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, with the participation of GCC foreign ministers and the GCC Secretary General Dr. Nayef bin Falah Mubarak Al Hajraf.

The GCC foreign ministers expressed their condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, extending their wishes to His Majesty King Charles III for further success and prosperity.

The meeting highlighted the longstanding strategic GCC-UK relations to achieve goals.

The two sides discussed cooperation in various areas including politics, economics and security, as well as exchanging views on various regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Saudi Shura Council Speaker calls on Iran not to interfere in other countries’ domestic affairs

Muscat, Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, has stressed that his country, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, believes that the prosperity and welfare of the region requires its being empty of conflicts and solving all its issues, mainly the Palestinian cause.

He also renewed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s unaltered support to the Palestinian people and their full right to establishing their independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Al Al-Sheikh made the remarks while heading the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation participating in the 16th meeting of Heads of Shura, Representatives, National Assembly, and Parliament Councils in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states hosted by Oman today.

He noted that the future of the region requires adopting a vision that prioritizes realizing security, stability and prosperity, focuses on mutual respect among regional countries, enhances joint cultural and social bonds, and faces security and political challenges in a bid to achieve a comprehensive economic development.

He said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls on Iran, in its capacity as a neighboring country whose people share our same religious and cultural values, to cooperate with regional countries through adhering to principles of the international legitimacy, refraining from interference in domestic affairs of other countries, cooperating with International Atomic Energy Agency, and honoring its relevant pledges,” stressing Saudi Arabia’s rejection of Iran’s occupation of three Emirati islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, emphasizing, at the same time, calls on Iran to respond to the UAE endeavors to solve the issue through direct negotiations or resorting to the International Court of Justice.

Al Al-Sheikh also noted that Saudi Arabia is always keen on the success of the truce reached under the auspices of UN in Yemen and its full rejection for Houthi militia to exploit the keenness of the international community and the coalition on peace and the militia’s rejection to honor its pledges, stressing that Saudi Arabia praises the efforts of Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg in enhancing commitment to truce that is in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative to end the crisis in Yemen and reach a comprehensive political solution.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary participates in 15th Global Governance Group (3G) meeting

New York, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, participated in the fifteenth ministerial meeting of the Global Governance Group (3G). The meeting was chaired by the Republic of Indonesia, and attended by (G20) countries. It was held at the headquarters of the Singapore Mission in New York, on the sidelines of the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the meeting, the participants praised the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of the group, and the efforts made by the Italian Republic during its presidency of G20 in 2021, stressing the need to promote and intensify cooperation between the G20 and 3G in order to achieve sustainability and global development. The group also discussed a number of topics of common concern.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure attends ceremony marking Saudi National Day

Manama, On behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, today attended a ceremony hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Kingdom of Bahrain to mark the 92nd Saudi Arabia National Day.

Upon arrival, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure was received by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure extended greetings from HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, wishing Saudi Arabia continued progress and prosperity.

HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla highlighted the strength of longstanding ties between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which continue to be supported by Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure noted that Bahrain shares the Saudi joy on this national occasion, paying homage to the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure commended the active role played by Saudi Arabia in unifying and strengthening Arab and Islamic concerns.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure commended the developments and strategic projects implemented as part of the 2030 Saudi Vision, which aims to increase opportunities, progress and prosperity.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure also commended Saudi Arabia’s unwavering support of Bahrain.

The Saudi Ambassador expressed his appreciation to HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

BDF Commander-in-Chief hails Bahrain—Saudi historical ties

Manama, Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa attended a ceremony hosted by the   Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bahrain marking the 92nd Saudi National Day.

The BDF Chief was received  by Saudi Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Diplomat Hotel.

Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa extended congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The BDF Chief lauded deep-rooted historical ties binding the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

GASTAT: Non-Oil merchandise exports in Saudi Arabia increase by 26.4% in July 2022

Riyadh, The General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) issued on its official website www.stats.gov.sa today, Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the International Trade Publication in Saudi Arabia for July 2022.

According to the publication, the value of merchandise exports in Saudi Arabia during July 2022 reached (SAR 141 billion) one hundred forty-one billion riyals, compared to (SAR 89 billion) eighty-nine billion riyals in July 2021, with an increase of (SAR 52 billion) fifty-two billion riyals, a percentage of 58.8%. The publication results indicated that the value of oil exports during July 2022 reached (SAR 114 billion) one hundred fourteen billion riyals, compared to (SAR 67 billion) sixty-seven billion riyals during July 2021, with an increase of (SAR 47 billion) forty-seven billion riyals, a percentage of 68.9%.

According to the publication’s results, the value of non-oil exports (including re-exports) during July 2022 reached (SAR 27 billion) twenty-seven billion riyals, compared to (SAR 21 billion) twenty-one billion riyals during July 2021, with an increase of (SAR 6 billion) six billion riyals, a percentage of 26.4%. The value of merchandise imports in Saudi Arabia during July 2022 reached (SAR 55 billion) fifty five billion riyals, compared to (SAR 47 billion) forty-seven billion riyals during July 2021, with an increase of (SAR 8 billion) eight billion riyals, a percentage of 18.3%.

GASTAT is the only official statistical reference for statistical data and information in Saudi Arabia. It carries out all the statistical work, in addition to the technical oversight of the statistical sector. It also designs and implements field surveys, conducts statistical studies and researches, analyzes data and information, and documents and archives all works of information and statistical data all. covering all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia from its multiple sources. Data are written, classified, and analyzed; their indicators are extracted as well.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Railway History as of 1940s

Riyadh, The idea of establishing railways in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started in the 1940s when the need then emerged to build a commercial port on the gulf coast to transport imported goods to warehouses of Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Aramco).

The idea that Aramco suggested to establish a railway from Al-Dammam to Riyadh included constructing a big commercial port that can receive big ships transporting equipment for the oil industry, in addition to the benefits of this port for the national economy.

When the idea was referred to the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, he ordered the implementation of the entire project to reach Riyadh, where the implementation of the scheme started on October 21, 1947.

On October 20, 1951, the route was inaugurated in Riyadh during an official ceremony that was attended by the late King Abdulaziz and King Saud bin Abdulaziz and several senior officials.

The railway remained operational under the supervision of Aramco for a while before its affiliation was changed to the Ministry of Finance and was called the Railway Authority, before a Royal Decree was issued on May 13, 1966 approving a constitutive act for the Saudi Railways Organization, under which the railway was changed into a public institution with a legal responsibility that is run by a board of directors that sets its general policy according to commercial standards.

The year 2006 marked the launch, where the Public Investments Fund established the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to be responsible for administrating and operating railways, starting from the implementation and operation of the North Train Project.

In February, 2021, the Cabinet issued a decision abolishing the Saudi Railways Organization and its bylaw and to be replaced with SAR as of April 1, 2021, where SAR will be the owner of movable and immovable operational assets and the infrastructure of train projects for cargo and passengers.

SAR owns three main networks: the North, East and the Haramain Highspeed Railway, in addition to administrating all operations of the Holy Lands train with a total length of over 5,380 kilometers. The railway serves five ports, including two in Al-Jubail, King Abdulaziz Port in Al-Dammam, the Dry Port in Riyadh, and Ras Al-Kheir Port and two mines.

SAR also includes 15 passenger stations, 8 maintenance shops and 15 handling yards, where it also operates 220 cargo and passenger trains and transports over three million passengers annually.

SAR was also classified as one of the best three railway companies on the global safety index for train operators issued by the International Union of Railways in 2019, and won the International Safety Award for 2020 from the British Safety Council for the second time in a row, in addition to receiving the ISO45001 in the field of health and safety.

SAR also seeks to implement the wise strategic vision for the railway sector through benefiting from all useful and advanced means, including advanced communication tools, to serve the interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its economy, and welfare of citizens.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Bahrain welcomes success of Saudi mediation in Russia and Ukraine prisoner exchange

Manama, The Kingdom of Bahrain welcomed the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the direct support and follow-up of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in releasing ten prisoners.

The released POWS are citizens of the Kingdom of Morocco, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Sweden, and the Republic of Croatia, as part of a prisoner exchange process between Russia and Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs  stressed Bahrain’s appreciation and pride in the success of the mediation efforts of Saudi Arabia in releasing the prisoners in cooperation with the governments of Russia and Ukraine, and working to facilitate the procedures for their return to their countries.

It commended the move which is one of the leading diplomatic and humanitarian initiatives of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in ensuring the settlement of regional and international conflicts by diplomatic means, and supporting efforts to establish regional and global peace and stability. 

Source: Bahrain News Agency