Kuwait, Doha consult Riyadh on key issues

Updated 27 November 2013
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Kuwait, Doha consult Riyadh on key issues

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah met here on Saturday with the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait for a mini-summit to discuss major regional developments, including the crisis in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program.
King Abdullah, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah discussed “issues of interest to the three nations,” said the Saudi Press Agency without elaborating.
The three leaders also discussed the latest regional and global developments and expressed their stand on them as well as ways of strengthening the Gulf Cooperation Council, the SPA report said.
The tripartite talks were attended by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, foreign minister, Prince Muqrin, second deputy premier, and Prince Muhammad bin Naif, interior minister.
Saudi and international political analysts have highlighted the significance of the Riyadh summit as it comes at a crucial stage in Geneva talks between Western powers and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program.
Badr Almotawa, a Saudi journalist, said he believed Saudi Arabia would take a strong and strategic stand on latest developments in the region, similar to the one it took on the UN Security Council seat.
The Riyadh meeting comes ahead of the GCC summit that will take place in Kuwait next month.
Saudi Ambassador in London, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, meanwhile, warned on Saturday that Saudi Arabia would not sit idly by if the UK, US and other world powers failed to curb Iran’s ambitious nuclear program. “All options are available,” Prince Mohammed told The Times.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.