Sweden claims ties with KSA back to normal

Updated 03 April 2015
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Sweden claims ties with KSA back to normal

Sweden said on Thursday that relations with Saudi Arabia were back to normal and that Riyadh would lift its temporary visa ban.
“Saudi Arabia has informed us that it saw its relationship with Sweden as normalized. As part of this, visas will be given again to Swedes. Exactly when, we cannot say,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson was quoted as saying by AFP.
Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Stockholm on March 11 for Sweden Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem’s flagrant interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs.
Around the same time, Sweden unilaterally canceled a long-standing military cooperation deal between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia proceeded to freeze business visas to Swedish citizens, while the United Arab Emirates also recalled its ambassador to Stockholm.
Fearing a financial impact, the Swedish government invited Saudi business leaders for talks.
Last Friday, Swedish MP Bjorn von Sydow traveled to Riyadh to deliver a letter from King Carl XVI and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
The content of the message was not revealed, but it was reported in the Saudi media that the Swedish government apologized for the undiplomatic conduct of Wallstroem.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.