King Abdullah passes away

Updated 24 January 2015
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King Abdullah passes away

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah died on Friday following a short illness. Crown Prince Salman has been named the new king with Prince Muqrin crown prince, according to a Royal Court statement.
King Abdullah was hospitalized in December suffering from pneumonia and had been breathing with the aid of a respirator.
King Salman said King Abdullah died at 1 a.m. on Friday. “With deep sorrow we announce the death of King Abdullah,” said the new king in the statement issued by the Royal Court, adding that the funeral prayers would take place after Asr prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on Friday.
King Salman and Crown Prince Muqrin will receive the oath of allegiance from the people of Saudi Arabia at his palace in Riyadh after Isha prayer.
The smooth succession indicates stability in Saudi Arabia, according to observers.
Since the death in 1952 of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, the throne has systematically passed down to his sons.
King Salman, credited with transforming Riyadh during his half-century as governor, has a reputation for austerity, hard work and discipline.
Born on Dec. 31, 1935, King Salman is the 25th son of King Abdul Aziz. He was appointed governor of Riyadh province at the age of 20. He was appointed minister of defense in 2011.

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King Abdullah, architect of GCC pact

King Abdullah, architect of GCC pact

On Sunday in Riyadh, leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made a critical pact promising a new era of regional and global political and economic stability.
The meeting was the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Chairing the gathering, he used his immense stature as the most respected senior statesman in the region, and a global icon in terms of seeking dialogue among nations and various faiths, to skillfully hammer out a consensus agreement. This was no small task, coming as it did in the face of seemingly insurmountable differences and unprecedented tension in the GCC over the past year.
It was a make-or-break summit that would have had far-reaching consequences if it had failed, considering the many challenges in the region. It ended the eight-month rift with Qatar and now the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will return to Doha. In addition, the GCC summit next month in that city is assured.
The GCC leaders on Nov. 16 issued a carefully worded statement that they came to an agreement complementing the original Riyadh pact of April 17 this year. This was a commitment by all member states not to undermine the “interests, security and stability” of each other.
The April meeting had followed Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalling their ambassadors from Qatar in March, having accused it of meddling in their internal affairs. The three leading Gulf states had then said that Qatar had failed to abide by a November 2013 agreement on non-interference.
Sunday’s agreement stressed that the countries would not support media organizations hostile to GCC interests, or movements that pose a security and political threat to the region. The pact also emphasized that member-nations must redouble their efforts to ensure the safety and stability of the region.
The people of the Gulf are politically astute and know that a mistake at this juncture would affect everyone’s future. They know that continued disunity can provide ample space for hostile opportunists to undermine the region’s prospects for growth.
There is no doubt that the international community is acutely aware of the Gulf region’s strategic and economic importance. A recent article in the Daily Telegraph’s business section has argued that a “fracture” in the GCC threatens the world’s oil supply, a risk exceeding that of the danger posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It is a recognition that the GCC remains the most influential institution in the Arab political world, even more so now that there is a lack of unity among other Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Gulf states are facing huge internal and external challenges that provide further support for the appeal by Saudi Arabia to transform the GCC into a European Union-style body, with a joint security apparatus, a common market and monetary union. The completion of planned joint electricity and rail projects would give fruition to this vision and ensure greater investment between the six nations.
It is clear now that time is not in favor of the people of the Gulf. The Riyadh summit is only the beginning of a hard road ahead, but the history of the GCC shows it is up to the task.

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Saudi crown prince ‘hopes’ investments with India will create many jobs

Updated 20 February 2019
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Saudi crown prince ‘hopes’ investments with India will create many jobs

  • Saudi Arabia expects investments in India to reach $100 billion in the next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince said on Wednesday that he hopes that investments with India will create many jobs.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said Saudi Arabia expects investments in India to reach $100 billion in the next two years.

The Crown Prince also said that there were many opportunities for India and Saudi Arabia and added that relations between the two countries were historic.

Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements.