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Saudi embassy in Canberra celebrates 88th National Day

Feb 3, 2019   //   by admin   //   English, SA News  //  No Comments

Canberra, Muharram 14, 1440, September 24, 2018, SPA — The ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Australia Musaed bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaim held a reception party in Canberra today to celebrate the 88th national day of the Kingdom.
The event was attended by Lindel Sax, Head of Protocol at the Australian foreign ministry, and a number of government officials and dignitaries as well as the Saudi community Australia, including students on scholarships in Australia.
Addressing the gathering, the ambassador extended congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi government and people on the 88th national day.
He said the Kingdom, after having laid the foundations of its political, economic, social, cultural pillars over the last seven decades, is now proceeding to achieve its vision 2030, which envisages building a prosperous economy, vigorous society and ambitious nation.
19:36 LOCAL TIME 16:36 GMT


Saudi Ambassador To Australia Presents His Credentials

Feb 3, 2019   //   by admin   //   English, SA News  //  No Comments

Canberra, August 30, 2018, SPA —

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Australia His Excellency Mr Mesaad Ibrahim AL Sulaim presented his credentials to the Governor-General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove, at a special ceremony held yesterday at the Governor General’s Palace in the Capital Canberra.

The Ambassador conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and their wishes to the Governor-General for good health and his people steady progress and prosperity, expressing his happiness at the status of relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Australia and his aspirations to develop them to the highest levels in all fields.


سفارة المملكة بأستراليا تحتفي بالطالب السعودي الذي أنقذ مواطناً أسترالياً من الغرق

Feb 10, 2018   //   by admin   //   Arabic, SA News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

سفارة المملكة بأستراليا تحتفي بالطالب السعودي الذي أنقذ مواطناً أسترالياً من الغرق

  اقام القائم بأعمال سفارة خادم الحرمين الشريفين لدى أستراليا الوزير المفوض مشعل الروقي اليوم بمقر السفارة في كانبيرا حفلا تكريمياً للطالب المبتعث أحمد بن عبدالله المحيميد الذي قام بإنقاذ مواطن أسترالي مسن من الغرق في أحد أنهار مدينة ملبورن الأسترالية .
وأشاد القائم بالأعمال في كلمة ألقاها خلال الحفل بشجاعة الطالب السعودي المبتعث ، ومبادرته الإنسانية الشجاعة ، وعدها نموذجًا مشرفا لقيم ومبادئ المجتمع السعودي في مد يد العون للمحتاجين .
من جهته عبر الطالب المحيميد عن شكره للقائم بالأعمال على حفل التكريم ,مؤكدًا أن ما قام به يُعبر عن القيم والمبادئ التي تربى عليه الشباب السعودي في مملكة الإنسانية .
كما ألقيت خلال الحفل كلمتين لوكيل وزارة التعليم الأسترالية وعائلة المواطن الأسترالي الذي تم إنقاذه عبروا فيها عن الشكر للمبادرة البطولية التي قام بها الطالب المحميد وتقديرهم لقيم وأخلاق ومبادئ المجتمع والشباب السعودي.
وفي نهاية الحفل سلم القائم بالأعمال والملحق الثقافي بأستراليا الدكتور هشام خداوردي شهادة تقدير للطالب المبتعث.


SAUDI STUDENT HERO RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE A STRANGER’S: This came in line with my Saudi values and principles .

Jan 22, 2018   //   by admin   //   English, SA News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Saudi’s student selflessly jumps into Melbourne’s Yarra River on 9pm Sunday 21st January to save a stranger’s man aged in his 50s has been hailed a hero.
Without a thought for his own safety, Saudi student’s Ahmed Almohaimeed jumped into the water to try and assist the man.
“I didn’t think so much about myself. I jumped over and I tried to push him up,” Mr Almohaimeed said, “this came in line with the Saudi values and principles and I will do it again he said.
Despite his best efforts, the stranger man aged in his 50s was too heavy and emergency services pulled both men to safety.
Mr Almohaimeed was taken to the Alfred Hospital barely conscious while the other man, aged in his 50s, was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The older man remains in a critical condition after suffering a suspected heart attack.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Chargé d’Affaires Mr Meshal Hamdan Alrogi praised the student hero for his action, saying he “bravely stood up and ventured his life, to save the old man he does not know” , “He is a true hero and we all proud of him .”
Mr Almohaimeed has since been praised by friends, along with delegates from the Saudi Arabian embassy who paid a special visit from Canberra.


Saudi Arabia : Missile attack on Riyadh ‘an act of war’ by Iran

Nov 7, 2017   //   by admin   //   English, SA News  //  No Comments

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was subject to an aggressive attack by Iran backed militias in Yemen, on Saturday 4 November 2017 at 20.07 hrs., where a ballistic missile was launched from the Yemeni land towards Riyadh.  The Saudi Air Defence Forces intercepted and brought down the missile, which resulted in the projection of fragments in a residential area, with no financial losses or human casualties. The Embassy notes the following:

1.        This launched missile was similar to the missile launched on Yanbu City on 22 July 2017. It was 100% manufactured in Iran. It was sent in parts to the Iran backed militias in Yemen, and was reassembled in Yemen. The fact that the missile crossed a long distance from Yemeni land reaching the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, demonstrates that this was a developed missile. It is beyond the capabilities of Iran backed militias in Yemen to manufacture or develop such a missile. This proves the participation of experts from Iran and Hezbollah, in the assembly and launch of the missile from Yemen. This is turn confirms the Iranian intervention in Yemen. It also confirms Iran’s support of rebels against the legitimacy in Yemen, as well as its targeting of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is a breach of UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

2.        The absurd and random launch of developed long range missiles from the Yemeni land, targeting civilian and residential areas, is contradictory to international human laws. It is a threat to the Kingdom, as well as to regional and international security. It undermines international efforts to restore legitimacy and security in Yemen, hindering all international and regional peacemaking efforts

3.        Such launch of missiles is considered an aggressive action by Iran. The Kingdom will not stand idly by. The Kingdom preserves its right to defend itself against Iran, in the manner and timing it deems appropriate.

4.        The Kingdom will put in place measures to ensure that the smuggling of ballistic missiles to Yemen does not recur, implementing UN Resolution 2216.

5.        In this context of ballistic missiles’ launch by Iran backed militias in Yemen, such as the launch of a ballistic missile several months ago towards the compass of all Muslims Makkah Al-Mukarramah, the Kingdom stresses that not responding to such attacks with a strong condemnation by all States of the international community will brazen the Iran backed militias in Yemen and the recurrence of such aggression. This in turn will threaten the security and stability of the region, as well as undermine the efforts aiming to restore peace in Yemen and stability in the region.  

The Embassy also notes that not standing up to those flagrant attacks with a strong condemnation by all States of the international community will encourage Iran backed militias in Yemen to continue such aggression, which threatens the security and stability of the region.


نادي الطلبة السعوديين في مدينة غولدكوست يكرم القائم باعمال سفارة المملكة باستراليا

Nov 6, 2017   //   by admin   //   Arabic, SA News  //  No Comments

نادي الطلبة السعوديين في مدينة غولدكوست يكرم القائم باعمال سفارة المملكة باستراليا

اقام نادي الطلبة السعوديين في مدينة غولدكوست بولاية كوينزلاند الاسترالية اليوم مادبة غداء تكريما للقائم بأعمال سفارة المملكة العربية السعودية بأستراليا الوزير المفوض مشعل بن حمدان الروقي ، بمناسبة زيارته التفقدية للاطلاع على اوضاع الطلبة السعوديين واسرهم في المدينة ، بحضور رئيس النادي جعفر المالكي ، والدكتور عبدالرحمن الربيعة وعدد من اعضاء النادي واسرهم . ونقل القائم بالاعمال الروقي تمنياته للطلبة بالتوفيق في حياتهم العلمية والاكاديمية مؤكدا حرص السفارة على توفير التسهيلات التي تساعدهم على تحقيق الهدف من ابتعاثهم . واجاب على استفسارات المبتعثين وتوضيح الخدمات التي توفرها السفارة والملحقية الثقافية في المجالات كافة .



Saudi Arabia welcomes Palestinian reconciliation move

Oct 5, 2017   //   by admin   //   English, SA News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the developments of current reconciliation efforts, expressing hope that Palestinian Consensus Government succeeds in achieving national unity and ending the Palestinian internal division with all its painful impacts.
The source stressed that this step is significant turning point in the history of the Palestinian cause. It will – God willing – enable Palestinians to achieve a unified Palestinian front in a manner that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people. It will enable them to move forward with the political process in order to regain their legitimate rights.



Saudi Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Meshal Alrogi, “87th National Day Reception Speech

Sep 24, 2017   //   by admin   //   English, SA News  //  No Comments


This year marks the 87th anniversary of the foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

And I would hereby like to extend my heartfelt greetings, on behalf of the Saudi embassy and in my own name, to our Australian friends, our Saudi nationals and students based in Australia.

In the last two to three decades, our world has dramatically changed.

We have mostly moved from conflicts between nations to facing at present a different kind of threat, which is not country against another country, but of a network of extremists and terrorists.

These are not states with borders and governments with whom one can negotiate.  They are a network of criminals with no fixed location, unbound by rules of war, or consciousness.

They break all boundaries of decency, even targeting holy religious sites, and use technological know-how and social media as an instrument against civilians.

Terrorism cannot be associated with a particular religion, culture, or nationality.  Attacks committed by terrorist networks are not against one particular nation.

Rather, it is against all nations and religions around the world, with attacks in Sydney, Bali, Riyadh and Makkah, Paris, London and New York.


It is against this background, that the Kingdom has long acknowledged this reality, and is working to develop the tools required to confront these new challenges.


In two years alone, the global economic impact of terrorism is estimated to have exceeded 244 billion Australian dollars.


The Kingdom firmly believes that there can be no justification for terrorist activities. That is why we have been at the forefront of countries fighting terrorism, with our ‘Three M’ strategy:


(1)             Going after the Men,

(2)             Going after the Money,

(3)             And, going after the Mindset.


We have equipped our forces and improved our intelligence capabilities.


In doing so, we have foiled over 100 terrorist attacks, and through a network of agreements with other countries, our shared intelligence have helped to unravel terrorist plots in foreign countries long before it could occur.


We have put in place strict financial controls in our banking system, and enacted laws that prohibit charities from sending money abroad.  As a result, we have better oversight of the cash coming into and out of the country.


We have laws that criminalise the funding of terrorism in Saudi Arabia, and introduced laws that criminalise any of our citizens going to areas of combat to join and engage in combat.


The last of this three-pronged approach is the mindset.   Ultimately, radicalisation doesn’t occur in a void. They take place in a social context. The Saudi Government has intensified its efforts to fight against the ideology of violent extremism.


That is why we have established, in May of this year, The Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology, commonly known as which combats, exposes, and counters extremist ideology.


As well the Monasaha management centres, which is an innovative initiative aimed at rehabilitating former terrorists and preventing terrorism.


To prevent unrests, it is imperative that we build a more prosperous world and address poverty that exists around the world.


To ensure this, the Kingdom has over the past four decades provided over $140 billion Australian dollars in development and humanitarian aid across the world.


But going hand in hand with these efforts, it is vital that we also address the other underlying causes of terrorism, including foreign occupation, marginalisation, and the promotion of terrorism ideology.


For that, we need to coordinate international efforts, which Saudi Arabia is doing and is committed to, which is why it established the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre.


In concluding my remarks, I invite you to watch a 3 minute video, which will be screened across these two screen shortly.



Sep 24, 2017   //   by admin   //   Arabic, SA News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

كلمة سعادة القائم بالأعمال في سفارة المملكة لدى أستراليا مشعل بن حمدان الروقي في حفل الذكرى 87 لليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية .

كانبيرا 20  سبتمبر 2017

بالنيابة عن كامل أعضاء السفارة السعودية يشرفني أن أرفع خالص التحيات والتهاني بمناسبة الذكرى السابعة والثمانين لتأسيس المملكة العربية السعودية.

على مر العقدين أو الثلاثة عقود الماضية تغيّر عالمنا بشكل جذري.

وانتقلنا في الغالب من صراعات بين الأمم إلى نوع مختلف من التهديد والخطر، وهو ليس تهديد من دولة ضد دولة أخرى، بل تهديد يكمن في شبكة من المتطرفين والإرهابيي، فلم يعد هناك دول ذات حدود أو حكومات يمكن للمرء أن  يتفاوض معها، بل أصبحنا نواجه شبكة من المجرمين ليسوا محدودين بموقع ثابت، مجرمين لا تقيّدهم قواعد الحرب أو الضمير، فقد تعدّوا جميع وأبسط حدود الأخلاق، واستهدفوا المواقع الدينية المقدّسة، واستخدموا المعرفة التقنية ووسائل التواصل الاجتماعي كأداة ضد المدنيين.

ليس بالإمكان ربط الإرهاب بدين معيّن، ولا بثقافة أو جنسية معينة، والهجمات التي تشنّها الشبكات الإرهابية لا تستهدف دولة معيّنة، بل هي حرب على جميع الأمم وكافة الأديان في جميع أنحاء العالم، كمثل الهجمات الإرهابية في سيدني وبالي والرياض ومكة المكرمة وباريس ولندن ونيويورك.

وقد أدركت المملكة منذ زمن بعيد هذا الواقع، لذا عملت على تطوير الأدوات اللازمة لمواجهة هذه التحديات الجديدة.

تقّدر قيمة التداعيات الاقتصادية العالمية للإرهاب في غضون عامين فقط بمبلغ 244 مليار دولار أسترالي.

والمملكة على يقين أنه ليس هناك البتة ما يبرّر الأنشطة الإرهابية. ولهذا السبب كنا في طليعة البلدان المكافحة للإرهاب، ووظفّنا استراتيجيتنا الثلاثية الأبعاد والتي تتألف من مكافحة:

 (1) الرجال: مواجهة الإرهابيين على الأرض

(2)  المال: تجفيف مصادر تمويل الإرهاب

(3)  العقلية: مواجهة العقلية والفكر المتطرف

كما وقمنا بإعداد قواتنا وتحسين قدراتنا الاستخباراتية، ما مكّننا من إحباط أكثر من 100 هجمة إرهابية، وساعدتنا شبكة الاتفاقيات مع الدول الأخرى واستخباراتنا المشتركة في الكشف عن المؤامرات الإرهابية في البلدان الأجنبية قبل حدوثها بوقت طويل.

كما وضعنا ضوابط مالية صارمة على صعيد نظامنا المصرفي، وشدّدنا الرقابة على الأموال الداخلة إلى المملكة والخارجة منها، وقمنا بسنّ قوانين تحظّر على الجمعيات الخيرية إرسال الأموال إلى الخارج. وحيث يوجد في المملكة قوانين تجرّم تمويل الإرهاب، قمنا باستحداث قوانين تجرّم انضمام مواطنينا إلى مناطق القتال والمشاركة في القتال.

ونخلص إلى العنصر الأخير من الاستراتيجية الثلاثية الأبعاد ألا وهو مواجهة العقلية والفكر المتطرف، فالتطرف لا ينشأ في فراغ، بل يترعرع ضمن سياق اجتماعي، لذلك كثّفت الحكومة السعودية من جهودها الرامية لمكافحة أيديولوجية التطرف العنيف.

ولهذا أنشأنا في مايو من هذا العام “المركز العالمي لمكافحة الأيديولوجية المتطرفة” المعروف باسم “اعتدال” وهدفه رصد ومكافحة الفكر المتطرّف، كما وأنشأنا مراكز المناصحة وهي مبادرة مبتكرة ترمي إلى إعادة تأهيل الإرهابيين السابقين ووقف الإرهاب.

وللحؤول دون الاضطرابات والفتن، لا بد من بناء عالم أكثر ازدهارا ومعالجة الفقر في العالم. ولضمان ذلك قدّمت المملكة على مر العقود الأربعة الماضية أكثر من 140 مليار دولار أسترالي تجاه مشاريع التنمية والمساعدات الإنسانية في جميع أنحاء العالم.

وإلى جانب تلك الجهود، لا بد لنا من أن نعالج الأسباب الأساسية الأخرى التي تكمن وراء الإرهاب، بما في ذلك الاحتلال الأجنبي والتهميش وتعزيز أيديولوجية الإرهاب.

كما يتوجّب علينا تنسيق الجهود الدولية، وهذا ما تقوم به المملكة العربية السعودية وتلتزم به، ولذلك تم إنشاء مركز الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الإرهاب.

والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


Kingdom, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt confirm dialogue with Qatar on implementation of demands should not be preceded by any conditions

Sep 12, 2017   //   by admin   //   English, SA News  //  No Comments

Friday 7-9-2017

While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt declare that they appreciate the mediation of the Amir of Kuwait and his commendable efforts to restore the Qatari authority to the right path and his declaration thatQatar is willing to recognize the 13 demands and negotiate them, they stress that the dialogue on the implementation of the demands should not be preceded by any conditions,  and the four countries regret what was said by the Amir of Kuwait on the success of mediation in stopping military intervention;  stressing that the military option has not been and will not be considered in any case, and that the crisis with Qatar is not only a Gulf dispute but with many of Arab and Islamic countries, which announced their position on the Qatari interventions and support for terrorism, and many other countries in the world were unable to declare their position due to the Qatari penetration of their internal affairs, which made them fear the consequences, especially with the Qatari precedents in support of coups, and embracing and financing terrorism and extremist thought hate speech.

The statement of Qatar’s Foreign Minister after the Amir’s statement confirm Qatar’s rejection of the dialogue without lifting the boycott measures taken by the four countries to protect their interests legally and politically and setting preconditions for dialogue confirms Qatar’s lack of seriousness in dialogue, combating and financing terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of countries.

The four countries appreciated the position of US president Donald Trump in his firm assertion that the only way to resolve the crisis is the need to stop the support and financing of terrorism and his unwillingness to resolve the crisis unless this is achieved.