Saudi-China talks focus on Syria

Updated 05 February 2014
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Saudi-China talks focus on Syria

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks here on key regional issues including the bloodshed in Syria, the Middle East peace process, and expanding trade ties between the two countries.
Several high-ranking Saudi and Chinese officials including Prince Saud Al-Faisal, minister of foreign affairs, attended the talks.
Prince Saud and Wang earlier exchanged views on a range of bilateral and regional issues including the Iranian nuclear pact and energy security.
Addressing a press conference after his talks at the Conference Palace here, Wang said: “China is working closely with its allies in the Middle East including Saudi Arabia to ensure peace and security in the region.”
In his talks with Crown Prince Salman and Prince Saud, Wang said he shared Saudi concerns about the civil strife in Syria and ways to halt Iran’s nuclear program.
“China’s relations with the Kingdom are not limited to the energy sector … in fact, China is cooperating with Riyadh in several areas including politics, regional affairs and the railway sector.”
Wang said he also met GCC Secretary General Abdullateef Al-Zayani to discuss regional issues and growing GCC-Sino relations.
Wang said Beijing wants to “expand economic, trade and investment relations” with GCC countries.
Asked about his talks with Prince Saud, he said China and Saudi Arabia have excellent ties in politics, commerce and energy security.
In an earlier briefing, Dean Li Lianghua, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, told Arab News that Saudi Arabia is China’s largest energy supplier, accounting for about 20 percent of Chinese crude oil imports.


Arab transport ministers meet in Egypt

Al-Khalb saaid the transport system in Saudi Arabia has seen many transformations and achievements in recent years. (Photo: saudi.gov.sa)
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Arab transport ministers meet in Egypt

  • Saudi Arabia has launched new projects in the sector, improved the efficiency of operational and logistical services

JEDDAH: The Saudi government has always been keen to support every effort to develop joint Arab action for the future of transport in all Arab countries, Saudi Ports Authority President Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb said on Tuesday.
He was speaking at the 31st meeting of the Arab Transport Ministers Council, which is being held over two days at the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.
Al-Khalb said: “Arab countries have taken important steps toward coordinating and uniting efforts, visions, and experiences to improve all forms of transport in the region and promote mutual cooperation between them in many areas, including studying Arab cooperation approaches for developing transport systems, establishing transport networks and linking them, and facilitating the transportation of goods and passengers.
“Moreover, the Arab countries have discussed maximizing the use of multimodal transport and Arab land and sea link projects, as well as the development of legislative frameworks to support the partnership between the public and private sectors in the field of transport in Arab countries.”
Al-Khalb said the transport system in Saudi Arabia has seen many transformations and achievements in recent years, owing it to the Saudi leadership’s generous support for the transport sector.
He said: “Saudi Arabia has launched new projects in the sector, improved the efficiency of operational and logistical services, significantly developed the infrastructure, and prepared local talents, in addition to expanding projects for road construction, rail networks, and airport development, improving the efficiency of ports, advancing systems, and simplifying procedures and utilizing their components in various investment and service projects to meet the requirements of development.”