Mexico eyes Gulf investment funds

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Updated 19 January 2016
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Mexico eyes Gulf investment funds

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman was conferred on Sunday the highest Mexican honor for his contributions to promote bilateral relations and for his “distinguished services to mankind in general.” 
 
The Order of the Aztec Eagle was presented to the king by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at Al-Yamamah Palace.
“The Aztec Eagle (collar) is the highest Mexican recognition presented to non-Mexican heads of state for their services to Mexico and for rendering services to humanity,” said Mexican Ambassador Arturo Trejo. King Salman, on his part, reciprocated the gesture and presented the coveted King Abdulaziz Medal to Nieto at the palace ceremony. 
According to the citation, King Salman received the order for his important contributions and dedication in promoting understanding, friendship, peace and for rendering services to mankind. The Aztec Eagle (collar) is made up of 30 pieces of gold-plated silver and decorated with the Mexico City Aztec emblem. 
The talks between the two leaders were followed by the signing of nine agreements as announced earlier, said Trejo. “Both the king and Nieto witnessed the signing.” 
Trejo added that the two leaders discussed a range of bilateral and international issues besides ways and means to expand economic cooperation, investment in new sectors and strengthening the political dialogue. King Salman was also invited by the Mexican president to visit Mexico.
Mexican Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said Mexico was particularly interested in the Gulf states’ large investment funds, “which represent an opportunity for Mexico to capture investment.” 
Mexico is keen to attract investment to its oil sector after Nieto undertook reforms that ended state-run firm Pemex’s 77-year monopoly. 
Accompanied by his wife, Angelica Rivera de Pena, Nieto attended a lunch banquet hosted by the king in his honor. 
Nieto also participated in a joint business forum at the Council of Saudi Chambers. Later, Nieto left for Abu Dhabi, where he will deliver a keynote speech at the World Future Energy Summit.
Over 50 deals will be signed during Nieto’s six-day Middle East tour.


Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz assumes his new role on Monday. (Supplied)
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Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York

JEDDAH: Raja Ali Ejaz, a career diplomat, assumed his responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia on Monday. 
Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York. He also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad as director general (United Nations) from January 2013 to January 2014. 
He previously held the post of director in the Office of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (2004-2006), as desk officer for India (1996-1998) and desk officer for South East Asia and the Pacific (1991-1992). 
He has served at various overseas assignments at the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul (1992-1996), at the High Commission for Pakistan in London (1998-2001), the Embassy of Pakistan in Bucharest (2001-2004) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Mexico (2006-2012). 
He attended the Civil Service Academy in Lahore from 1990 to 1991.
Ejaz’s appointment to the Kingdom comes at a time when Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are trying to strengthen their diplomatic relations.
The two countries have traditionally enjoyed close military ties. Now, they are also building strong relationship in the areas of finance, commerce and investment.