NNA – Iran’s mission to the United Nations said that reaching an agreement with Saudi Arabia to restore bilateral relations would contribute to having a political settlement that would end the war in Yemen.

The IRNA news agency said, quoting a statement issued by Iran’s mission to the United Nations, that the agreement with Saudi Arabia “will accelerate efforts to renew the ceasefire agreement” and “will contribute to the start of a national dialogue and the formation of an inclusive national government in Yemen.”

Source: EMM/ National News Agency

Iran: Deal With Saudi Arabia Will Help End Yemen’s War

Iran’s mission to the United Nations says a breakthrough agreement with Saudi Arabia restoring bilateral relations will help bring a political settlement to Yemen’s yearslong war, Iranian state media reported Sunday.

Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed Friday to reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies after seven years of tensions that brought the two regional powerhouses to the brink of conflict and fueled tensions across the region.

Soon after exploding in 2014, Yemen’s conflict turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, which led a military coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government, and Iran, which has aided the country’s Houthi rebels.

Iran has long been accused by western governments and U.N. experts of providing weapons to the Houthis. Western militaries have repeatedly intercepted Yemen-bound ships carrying Iranian weapons in the Red Sea. Tehran has denied the accusations of arming the Houthis.

China mediated the major diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Riyadh, which it is widely believed decreases the likelihood of armed conflict between the regional rivals, both directly and in proxy conflicts.

Citing a statement from Iran’s U.N. mission, IRNA news agency said the deal with Saudi Arabia would accelerate efforts to renew an expired cease-fire deal, “help start a national dialogue, and form an inclusive national government in Yemen.”

The month cease-fire, the longest of the Yemen conflict, expired in October. Both sides, however, refrained from taking serious escalatory actions that could cause fighting to flare-up, as negotiations were underway between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia to renew the agreement.

The Houthis appeared to welcome the deal, slamming at the same time the U.S. and Israel, Iran’s top foes.

“The region needs the return of normal relations between its countries, through which the Islamic society can regain its lost security as a result of the foreign interventions, led by the Zionists and Americans,” said Mohamed Abdulsalam, the rebels’ spokesperson and chief negotiator.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government issued a carefully crafted statement on the deal, expressing some optimism — and caveats.

“The Yemeni government’s position depends on actions and practices not words and claims,” it said, adding it would proceed cautiously “until observing a true change in (Iranian) behavior.”

Abdel-Bari Taher, a Yemeni political commentator and former Journalists’ Union head, called the Saudi Arabia-Iran deal a “positive first step.” He urged both Tehran and Riyadh to further pressure their allies in Yemen to end the conflict and ease tensions elsewhere in the region.

“They should pressure their allies to engage positively in the U.N. efforts to relaunch political talks between Yemenis,” he said. “Yemen is a hot and sensitive spot in the regional rivalry. If it is solved, it would ease tensions in other areas in the region.”

Rights groups say Yemen’s war has unleashed one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and pushed millions of people to the brink of famine.

Source: VOA

Biban 23 Discusses the Importance of Developing Talent in the Field of Technology for Entrepreneurs

Riyadh, March 12, 2023, SPA — Ibrahim Niaz, the Executive Director of the National Program for the Development of the Information Technology Sector, has stated that the program aims to accelerate the development of the Kingdom’s technological infrastructure.

During a panel discussion titled “Unifying Efforts to Create Innovation: Environmental Regulatory Meetings” as part of the “Biban 23” forum organized by the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monsha’at), the speakers emphasized the importance of talent and innovation in small and medium-sized businesses. They also discussed the relationship between innovation and economic performance in various countries around the world and the government’s role in inspiring and supporting talent to improve economic performance. The speakers highlighted the need for investment in start-ups as a crucial strategy for improving economic performance.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Minister of Culture Meets with his French Counterpart

Riyadh, March 12, 2023, SPA — Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture and Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla, held an official meeting today with the Minister of Culture of the French Republic, Rima Abdul Malak, who is on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Badr emphasized the strong bilateral relations between the two countries across various domains. The two officials reviewed the cultural relations in different fields and discussed strategies to further enhance them for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Prime Minister of Tuvalu Discusses with CEO of SFD Development Issues and Opportunities

Riyadh, March 12, 2023, SPA — During his visit to the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) headquarters in Riyadh today, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano, met with SFD CEO Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Marshad to discuss common development issues of mutual interest. They also explored potential opportunities for vital development projects in Tuvalu.

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu was given an overview of the Fund’s efforts to support developing countries through development loans and was given a tour of the Fund’s exhibition, which showcased some of the most prominent development programs and projects funded by the Fund across the world.

Prime Minister Natano expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s contributions and support for development projects in developing countries through SFD, which has been ongoing for over four decades. He acknowledged the efforts made by SFD to assist in achieving sustainable development goals.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Biban 23 Highlights the Importance of Entrepreneurship for Expansion of Economy and Emergence of Promising Industries in the Kingdom

Riyadh, March 12, 2023, SPA — Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, the Minister of Municipal, Rural, and Housing, has reiterated the role of government agencies in providing services to entrepreneurs and their contribution to the growth of the global economy.

This came while Al-Hogail was taking part in a panel discussion today that was part of the Biban 23 Forum’s activities and was titled “The Importance of Entrepreneurship for the Development of the Economy and the Growth of Promising Sectors in the Kingdom.”

He highlighted the critical role of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses in the Kingdom’s promising sectors and emphasized the importance of their support.

Al-Hogail also emphasized the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the achievements made in recent years, thanks to the coordinated efforts of government agencies, entrepreneurs, and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Source: Saudi Press Agency