KSA regrets Yemen talks failure

Updated 25 June 2015
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KSA regrets Yemen talks failure

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its deep sorrow over the failure of Geneva talks to reach an agreement on Yemen while appreciating UN efforts to implement Security Council Resolution 2216.
The Council of Ministers on Monday, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, praised the positive cooperation shown by the legitimate Yemeni government with global efforts to alleviate the suffering of its people.
The Cabinet welcomed the final communiqué issued by OIC foreign ministers following their extraordinary meeting in Jeddah on Yemen, stressing the Kingdom’s support for all efforts to end the Yemeni crisis and its rejection of any foreign intervention in Yemen’s affairs without a request from the country’s legitimate government.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s message to the nation on the occasion of Ramadan, urging citizens to keep away from extremism and sectarianism.
It thanked the king for his assertion that confidence in Saudi citizens is limitless and that there will be no leniency for negligence and that anyone breaching security, religious and national solid principles would be held accountable.
Monday’s Cabinet meeting was briefed on the outcome of the landmark visit by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Russia and his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials.
The Cabinet hailed the strength of relations between the two countries and the Kingdom’s desire to deepen its cooperation with Russia in all fields with the aim of serving the interests of the two friendly peoples and enhancing security and stability in the region.


Saudi Crown Prince: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big

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Saudi Crown Prince: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big

RIYADH: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Friday during his visit to China.

Citing a 33 percent increase in bilateral trade last year, the crown prince added that high-level contacts were paying off in areas from commerce to security and defense.
"Saudi Arabia's relations with China can be traced back a very long time in the past," Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told President Xi Jinping at their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in the heart of the Chinese capital.

Meanwhile, the Chinese president stressed his country's keenness on joint efforts with Saudi Arabia to support strategic relations between the two countries. He added that there has been coordination with Saudi Arabia on international and regional issues in recent years. 

The crown prince earlier Friday presided at a China-Saudi cooperation forum that concluded with agreements on cooperation in fields ranging from petroleum and the chemical industry to investment, renewable energy and counter-terrorism. Saudi Arabia is one of China's top crude oil suppliers and an important market for its exports.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also pledged Saudi Arabia's backing for China's gargantuan "belt and road" infrastructure project, saying he was willing to link it with the kingdom's Vision 2030 plans— a blueprint put forth by the crown prince to wean the kingdom off its reliance on oil, particularly as sustainable sources of energy become cheaper and more popular.
The Crown Prince's visit follows trips to India and Pakistan, which send millions of laborers to Saudi Arabia and are seeking closer economic ties.