75 Ugandans get KSA scholarships

Updated 02 July 2012
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75 Ugandans get KSA scholarships

Saudi Arabia is sponsoring 75 Ugandan students so they can complete their higher education.
The Kingdom is covering all their expenses including tuition fees, lodging and air travel as part of its partnership with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) higher education initiative for Uganda.
Aziz Kalungi Kasujja, Ugandan ambassador, said: “These students are currently on the rolls of various universities and academic institutions across the Kingdom. We are now keen to hold consultations with the Saudi side to boost cooperation in education and increase the number of sponsored
students."
The move will help fulfill the educational requirements of Ugandan students and enable educational institutions in the country to upgrade the quality of their education.
Kasujja, who gave an overview of progressively growing relations between Riyadh and Kampala in an interview, discussed the successful visit of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, deputy minister of foreign affairs, to Uganda last week. Prince Abdulaziz was received by Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi during the visit.
The envoy also commended Saudi support extended to Uganda in the fields of infrastructure development, health and education.
To this end, he noted the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has made available SR 90 million to Uganda for implementing two major projects.
The projects include the construction and equipment of a technical and vocational training institute at a cost of SR 45 million. The remaining funds were used for a major rural electrification project in the country, said Kasujja, pointing to several other such projects financed by Riyadh in many other African countries.
He said relations between the two countries have been built on mutual trust and cooperation.

 

 


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.