Saudi Arabia’s Egypt stance ‘unchangeable’

Updated 11 February 2015
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Saudi Arabia’s Egypt stance ‘unchangeable’

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has expressed Saudi Arabia’s close bond with Egypt in a phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi.
King Salman described Saudi’s stance toward Egypt as “unchangeable” as both countries have strategic links and have a “shared future,” Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
The king added that relations between the two nations are too strong to be damaged.
El-Sissi meanwhile, expressed his appreciation for King Salman’s sentiments, according to the channel.
El-Sissi on Monday contacted the leaders of Gulf Arab states to reassure them of strong Egyptian-Gulf ties.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan told El-Sissi that "any attempts of hatred will not impact relations between the two countries, which are strong and growing".
Quoted by the official WAM news agency, Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE stood alongside Egypt in its efforts to "strengthen security and its development".
El-Sissi has already had similar telephone conversations with the rulers of Bahrain and Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait are the main financial backers of El-Sissi's government, having pledged around $12 billion to it since he came to power.


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”