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with pride, says

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A year to the day,

Raqa retaken, but

not rebuilt

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of Iran

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France rallies to

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VOL: 486 — ISSUE NO: 14937 — THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018, 9 SAFAR — 1440






Saudi Gazette


Saudi Gazette

Huawei unveiling

several innovations

globally this week

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Saudis rise in lifespan rankings


Life expectancy in

2040 is set to rise at least a lit-

tle in all nations but the rank-

ings will change dramatically,

with Spain taking the top spot

while China and the United

States trade places, research-

ers said Wednesday.

With a projected average

lifespan of nearly 85.8 years,

Spain — formerly in 4th place

— will dethrone Japan, which

sits atop the rankings today

with a lifespan of 83.7 years,

and will drop to 2nd place in


Saudi Arabia are among

the nations that are moving

up the ranking — Indone-

sia (117th to 100th), Nigeria

(157th to 123rd), Portugal

(23rd to 5th), Poland (48th to

34th), Turkey (40th to 26th),

Saudi Arabia (61st to 43rd).

In a shift that will be seen

by some to reflect a superpow-

er changing-of-the-guard, the

world’s two largest economies

effectively swap positions

compared to 2016: in 2040 the

US drops from 43rd to 64th

(79.8 years), while China rises

from 68th to 39th (81.9 years).

The researchers found

other nations set to lose ground

in the race towards longevity

include Canada (from 17th to

27th), Norway (12th to 20th),

Australia (5th to 10th), Mexico

(69th to 87th), Taiwan (35th to

42nd) and North Korea 125th

to 153rd).

Assuming its interminable

and devastating war comes to

an end, Syria is set to rise from

137th in 2016 to 80th in 2040.

For the world as a whole, the

researchers’ study projected

a five-year gain in lifespan,

from 73.8 in 2016 to 77.7 in

2040. They also forecast more

optimistic and pessimistic sce-

narios, in which life expectan-

cy increases to 81 years in the

first case, and essentially stag-

nates in the second.


With a projected average lifespan of nearly 85.8 years, Spain

— formerly in 4th place — will dethrone Japan, which sits atop

the rankings today with a lifespan of 83.7 years, and will drop

to 2nd place in 2040. — AFP

Saudi Arabia’s

GDP projected

to jump 30%

by 2023: IMF

By Abdurahman Al-Misbahi

Okaz/Saudi Gazette


Saudi Arabia’s gross

domestic product (GDP) is ex-

pected to jump 29.53 percent to

$889.5 billion by the year 2023

while comparing with the year

2017. The GDP is projected to

increase 12.11 percent to $769.88

billion during the current year

against $689.38 billion in the pre-

vious year, according to a report

of the International Monetary

Fund (IMF). The robust growth in

GDP consolidates the Kingdom’s

position in the Group 20 coun-

tries, which are considered the

largest economies in the world.

The IMF estimates projected

a further rise of 15.85 percent

in GDP reaching $795.58 bil-

lion in 2019 and 18.72 percent

surge in 2020 with the volume of

GDP exceeding $815 billion. Ac-

cording to the IMF projections,

Saudi Arabia surpasses Turkey

in terms of the GDP growth. Tur-

key’s GDP is expected to reach

$713.51 billion during the year

2018, much below the King-

dom’s projected GDP of $769.88

billion. There was a decrease of

16.21 percent in the GDP of Tur-

key, and that resulted in its rank

falling among the G20 countries

from 17 to 19.

Over the past few years, the

Saudi economy, the largest in the

Arab world, posted a qualitative

leap among the economic powers

in the world. The Kingdom’s po-

sition shot up to 19 in 2018 from

43 during the year 1970.

Minister of Finance Moham-

med Al-Jadaan recently said that

the updated forecasts of IMF

about the Saudi growth have

proved the effectiveness and pos-

Trump says ‘100

percent’ sure to

seek reelection


Not that there was much doubt, but

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is sure

to seek a second term in 2020. “Yes, 100 percent,”

Trump told Fox Business television in an interview

due to air later in the day.

Trump upended politics as usual in the United

States with his shock 2016 victory over Democratic

favorite Hillary Clinton.

Even before upsetting predictions of an easy

Clinton win, Trump defeated a

string of traditional Repub-

lican candidates to secure

his party’s nomination.

Since then, he has

deeply polarized the

nation with his com-

bative style.

A first test of the

political temperature

will take place next

month in the congressio-

nal midterm elections where

Democrats hope to wrest control of at least the low-

er house of Congress from the Republicans.

A long line of Democrats have also begun to ex-

plore running against Trump in 2020 and on Tues-

day the president said he thought that former New

York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a media mogul,

would join the list. But, as with other potential ri-

vals, Trump dismissed a Bloomberg challenge. “I

think he’d be easy,” he said.


I enjoy absolute

freedom, says

former dissident

By Mohammed Saud

Okaz/Saudi Gazette


Dr. KassabAl-Otaibi, a former Saudi opposition fig-

ure, said that he had never been subjected to any threats during

the years when he was outside the Kingdom. “I was neither

imprisoned nor faced any travel ban after my return to the King-

dom. I am now absolutely enjoying freedom within the King-

dom,” he told Okaz/Saudi


-Otaibi said he had joined

the so-called Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights,

headed by Sa’ad Al-Faqih and Moham-

madAl-Masari in 1994. “I spent with

them a full year until I discovered

malicious designs and hatred of

Faqih toward Saudi Arabia. I

also came to realize the extrem-

ist and sickening ideas of Al-

Masari and hence I decided to

abandon them,” he said.

Al-Otaibi emphasized: “The

first, second and third lessons that I

have acquired during my life abroad

was about the precious value and sanctity

of the Kingdom. There is nothing that a man can compensate

in the place of his nation.”

He slammed the dirty campaign being unleashed by Al-

Jazeera channel against Saudi Arabia, especially its coverage

of the issue of disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

“The vicious campaign against the Kingdom on the Khashoggi

issue is a coordinated one, and the channel and its staffers are

doing this at the expense of professionalism, objectivity, ethics

and humanity,” he added.

King meets Bangladesh PM Hasina

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed at his

palace in Riyadh on Wednesday. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral cooperation and discussed ways of developing and enhancing

them in various fields. High-ranking officials from Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh attended the session of official talks. The King also hosted

a luncheon banquet in honor of Hasina and the accompanying delegation. — SPA

The updated

forecasts of

IMF about the Saudi

growth have proved

the effectiveness

and positive impact

of economic reforms

and fiscal measures

implemented by

the government in

accordance with

the Fiscal Balance

Program and Vision




Minister of Finance

itive impact of economic reforms

and fiscal measures implemented

by the government in accordance

with the Fiscal Balance Program

and Vision 2030.

He made these remarks while

commenting on the World Eco-

nomic Outlook report (WEO),

published by IMF last Wednes-

day. The WEO report showed

a decrease in the global growth

projections and cut in most de-

veloped and emerging economies

growths estimates for 2018 and

2019. On other hand, Saudi out-

put is projected to expand by 2.2

percent in 2018 and 2.4 percent in



No threat, no blackmail-

ing, no pressures… these are the

three ‘No’s reverberating across

the world through leading organi-

zations, authorities, Islamic cen-

ters and prominent Islamic fig-

ures with regard to the malicious

campaign unleashed against the

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

They all reject outright this

unjust campaign and false claims

by media clowns and mercenar-

ies who are being paid for this by

devilish forces for serving their

narrow and vested interests.

American President Don-

ald Trump echoed this sentiment

when he categorically said in an

interview on Fox Business that

“US needs Saudi Arabia”, while

adding that “he did not want to

walk away from Saudi Arabia over

the disappearance and alleged kill-

ing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,

arguing the US relies on the King-

dom in the fight against terrorism.”

Asked during an interview

what action he had in mind,

Trump said: “Well, I hope we’re

going to be on the better side of

the equation. You know we need

Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight

against all of the terrorism, every-

thing that’s happening in Iran and

other places.”

Meanwhile, many organiza-

tions and personalities have ex-

pressed their solidarity with the

Kingdom against all those who at-

tempt to undermine its policies as

well as its position in the regional

and global arenas.

They emphasized that these

threats and attempts to under-

mine the Kingdom, either through

hints at imposing economic sanc-

tions or using political pressures

or repeating false accusations,

will not undermine the Kingdom

and its staunch positions as well

as its stature at the Arab, Islamic

and international levels. All these

conspiracies and weak attempts

would be doomed similar to what

had happened in the past.

Echoing the same vein of the

global reactions, Sheikh Abdul-

lah Al-Asheikh, president of the

Shoura Council, affirmed that the

Kingdom has been subjected to

an unfair media campaign aimed

at undermining its reputation, ef-

forts to nurture and develop its

citizens and its outstanding initia-

tives to establish peace, stability

and prosperity in the region and

the world.

Addressing the general as-

sembly meeting of the Inter-Par-

liamentary Union currently being

held in Geneva, Asheikh, who led

the Saudi delegation to the meet,

emphasized that the Kingdom

would hold fast to its steadfast

positions and that these campaign

would not harm its lofty status at

the Arab, Islamic and international


— SG

US needs Saudi Arabia, asserts Trump

Kingdom firm on warding off challenging winds