Saudi Arabia to Produce 50% of Power From Renewable Energy by 2030

Saudi man looks at the solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
Saudi man looks at the solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
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Saudi Arabia to Produce 50% of Power From Renewable Energy by 2030

Saudi man looks at the solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
Saudi man looks at the solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)

The President of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, Dr. Khaled Al-Sultan said the Kingdom was working to build a sustainable sector for renewable energy, which includes industries and services, localization of technologies, and the training of human cadres.

The Ministry of Energy approved policies that stimulate private sector participation, he revealed, adding that work was underway to achieve the goals of the National Renewable Energy Program, led by the Saudi Minister of Energy, to make the energy system a unified center for energy research and measurement, data collection, organization, and development, as well as tenders related to renewable energy.

Sultan noted that the Kingdom was seeking to have 50 percent of its electricity production based on renewable energy by 2030, while the remaining percentage to depend on gas.

His comments came in the Kingdom’s speech at the opening of the 11th session of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Sultan said that the Kingdom has launched several projects and initiatives in this context, including the green hydrogen production project in NEOM and the projects of SABIC and Saudi Aramco to capture, store and use carbon in the manufacture of various products, such as blue ammonia. The latter was approved by the leaders of the G20 and represents a comprehensive, integrated and realistic approach to managing emissions and preventing global warming.



Saudi FM Takes Part in GCC Ministerial Meetings Related to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Japan

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Takes Part in GCC Ministerial Meetings Related to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Japan

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah participated on Sunday in the joint Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Egypt ministerial meeting, held at the GCC General Secretariat in Riyadh.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, president of the current session of the Ministerial Council, reviewed the strong cooperation between the GCC and Egypt, and ways to enhance and develop them.

Participants discussed the serious developments in Gaza Strip and the city of Rafah, the Israeli military escalation against unarmed civilians, and the importance of an immediate ceasefire to ensure the return of security and stability to Gaza Strip.

They tackled joint action to create conditions to arrive at a comprehensive and just peace in a way that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people and establishes a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The GCC also held similar separate ministerial meetings related to Jordan, Morocco and Japan.


Saudi King, Crown Prince Congratulate Bulgarian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
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Saudi King, Crown Prince Congratulate Bulgarian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)

The Saudi leadership sent cables of congratulations to Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on the occasion of his country’s National Day, SPA said on Sunday.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud sent a cable wishing Radev continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Bulgaria steady progress and prosperity.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, congratulated Radev on the occasion sending well-wishes to him, to the government and people of Bulgaria.


Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
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Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)

Kuwait said Saturday it will hold elections for its national assembly on April 4.

The state-run KUNA news agency made the announcement, citing a decree published by the oil-rich country's official gazette.

In February, Kuwait’s emir dissolved parliament.

Domestic political disputes have been gripping Kuwait for years. That has left it with little in its coffers to pay bloated public sector salaries, despite generating immense wealth from its oil reserves.

Parliament has been repeatedly dissolved after failing to move forward, with Kuwait’s Constitutional Court in 2023 annulling a 2022 decree overturning another such annulment. The country’s late emir then annulled that parliament again and held an election for a new parliament, which was annulled with the February decision.


Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

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Kuwait flag
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Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

Kuwait flag
Kuwait flag

Kuwait's Interior Ministry said it banned all "unauthorized assembly" after calls voiced by Kuwaiti activists to stage sit-ins on Saturday in support of Gaza.
The Ministry said the decision came upon the directives of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Interior Fahd al-Yousef al-Sabah.
The Minister banned all forms of unauthorized gatherings and marches except in accordance with the established laws and regulations.
The Ministry also banned publishing any unauthorized calls for gatherings on social media platforms.
On the other hand, al-Sabah announced a study of plans that will be taken soon to combat and prosecute fake accounts on social media that spread fake news threatening the country’s security .


GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Statement of Palestinian Factions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
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GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Statement of Palestinian Factions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi welcomed the statement issued by the Palestinian factions that met in Moscow.

"The meeting statement outcome is a positive start to beginning unified political action, conform with the aspiration of the Palestinian forces and factions participating in the meeting, to form a government that includes all segments of the Palestinian people ... in light of the critical circumstances," Albudaiwi said.

He stressed that the GCC countries support all results and solutions that serve the Palestinian cause and guarantee the national rights of the Palestinian people.


Kuwait Top Court Criminalizes Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
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Kuwait Top Court Criminalizes Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)

Kuwait’s Court of Cassation has labeled Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a “forbidden and criminal group” under national law.

The court accused Hezbollah of planning to destabilize Kuwait to establish an Iranian-style republic there.

This decision clarifies the legal status of Hezbollah, which individuals accused of spying for the group had disputed.

The final decision of the Court of Cassation came in the context of convicting three Kuwaiti citizens of espionage for Hezbollah, overturning their acquittal.

However, the court opted not to pronounce a punishment, instead obligating them to “good conduct,” a legal term indicating they must refrain from involvement in similar cases.

Nevertheless, the court clarified that joining Hezbollah and cooperating with it constitutes a “crime punishable by law.”

The case, involving the three Kuwaitis and a Lebanese national, revolves around accusations brought forth by the State Security apparatus regarding their involvement in funding Hezbollah-affiliated entities, sending funds and donations to them.

The case was initially heard in the Court of Appeals late in 2023, where three defendants were acquitted.

However, following appeals against the appellate court’s verdict, the case was reheard by the Court of Cassation, which on Thursday issued a final ruling overturning the acquittal of the Lebanese and Kuwaitis, convicting them again.


OIC to Hold Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting on Israeli Aggression

The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC
The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC
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OIC to Hold Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting on Israeli Aggression

The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC
The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said it will hold next week an extraordinary meeting of its Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

The session will be held at the headquarters of its General Secretariat in Jeddah on March 5.

OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha is expected to address the opening session, which will be preceded by a preparatory senior officials' meeting (SOM) on Monday to discuss and adopt the draft agenda and work program and consider the draft resolution before submitting it to the Council of Foreign Ministers the following day.

On October 11, Saudi Arabia hosted the extraordinary Joint Arab and Islamic Summit in Riyadh, organized by the OIC and the Arab League. The conference adopted several decisions, in particular assigning a committee of foreign ministers of member states to tour world capitals and international organizations in an effort to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

As part of its continued efforts to stop the brutal Israeli aggression since October 7, the OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18.


11th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)
The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)
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11th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)
The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)

The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine.

The plane landed at the Poland’s Rzeszow Airport, located near the Ukrainian border, carrying 80 tons of relief aid supplies, including electric generators and appliances.

Saudi Ambassador to Poland Saad bin Saleh Al-Saleh and a logistic team affiliated with KSrelief were also on board the plane.

The aircraft will cross the Polish border into Ukraine as part of Saudi Arabia’s historic commitment to supporting people in need and those impacted by crises around the world.


Over 400 KSrelief Trucks Cross into Gaza Strip

The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)
The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)
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Over 400 KSrelief Trucks Cross into Gaza Strip

The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)
The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)

Over 400 relief trucks provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) crossed the Rafah border crossing on Friday and headed for the Gaza Strip.

The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid, part of a Saudi campaign aimed at providing relief to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The effort is being coordinated with the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Last week, 22 relief trucks crossed Rafah, bringing the total number of relief trucks to over 400, all carrying various forms of relief aid.

The initiative is part of Saudi Arabia's ongoing support for the Palestinian people, particularly during times of crisis and hardship.


Riyadh to Host Gulf-Arab Talks on Sunday

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
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Riyadh to Host Gulf-Arab Talks on Sunday

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi affirmed on Thursday that the council’s 159th ministerial session would be held on Sunday in Riyadh in addition to separate meetings with foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

The GCC secretary-general said in a statement that the ministerial meeting would be chaired by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad Al-Thani, the president of the GCC ministerial council’s current session, and the conferees would discuss reports concerning follow-up on implementing resolutions of the GCC Supreme Council, issued at the 44th summit, held in Qatar in December.

He added that they would also discuss memos and reports submitted by the ministerial and technical committees as well as the GCC Secretariat General with respect to dialogue and strategic relations with states and international coalitions, in addition to regional and international affairs.

He noted that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry would hold the talks with the GCC on the sidelines of the session, while Jordan and Morocco would be engaged in identical and separate talks by the two countries’ foreign ministers, respectively Ayman Al-Safadi and Nasser Bourita.

The meetings between the GCC and the Jordanian and Moroccan sides would be part of the distinctive relationship and partnerships.