King Salman, US president discuss Houthi aggression against civilians

King Salman said Saudi Arabia supports US efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Talks on reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement, which collapsed in 2018, restarted this week as Iran announced a new missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers

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RIYADH: King Salman received a call from US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The leaders discussed the need to strengthen cooperation and achieve stability in the region. The actions of Yemen’s Houthi militia against civilian targets in the Kingdom were also on the agenda. The king praised the US’ commitment to supporting the Kingdom in the defense of its land and citizens. On Jan. 17, a drone-and-missile attack by the Iran-backed terror militia hit an Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. fuel depot, killing three people and wounding six others.

The militia often targets the southern provinces of the Kingdom with drone and missile attacks, which are destroyed by Saudi air forces, often without causing much damage. King Salman also said Saudi Arabia supports US efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Talks on reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement, which collapsed in 2018, restarted this week as Iran announced a new missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers.

The pair also discussed the need to strengthen mutual security cooperation to confront terrorism and its financing. The king stressed the importance of maintaining balance and stability in the oil markets and the role of the historic OPEC+ agreement and the need to maintain it. Adding to this, Saudia airline, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia and a strategic partner and official carrier for Riyadh Season, delighted guests with a series of festival-themed surprises during a special flight from Paris to Riyadh on Feb. 8.

The initiative came as part of the airline’s efforts to promote the popular culture and entertainment event among guests arriving in the Kingdom.

Passengers boarded a decorated aircraft featuring Riyadh Season’s official colors on the plane’s seats, safety instruction cards, and meal wrappers. Cabin crew members also wore brooches bearing the official logo of the festival.

Guests enjoyed a promotional video highlighting the main attractions of the cultural and entertainment event, which was shared on the aircraft’s inflight entertainment system.

Passengers also received special branded gifts and free tickets for several of Riyadh Season 2021’s most prominent events, including Riyadh Boulevard.

Khaled Tash, group chief marketing officer at Saudia, said: “We are proud of our initiatives to promote Riyadh Season among our guests and highlight Saudi Arabia as a major global tourist and entertainment destination.

“We hope that these activities and the special gifts provided to our passengers will encourage them to visit the festival and discover its many unique events and attractions.

“Our sponsorship of Riyadh Season comes as part of our commitment to serving as the ‘Wings of Vision 2030’ by supporting the growth of travel, tourism, and entertainment in the Kingdom, in line with our ambitious target of welcoming 100 million visits annually by 2030.”

Saudia has launched a series of holiday packages and attractive deals to promote Riyadh Season and help position the capital as a leading global destination for tourists and visitors.

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