Riyadh briefed on Geneva talks

Updated 25 February 2014
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Riyadh briefed on Geneva talks

American and Saudi officials held top-level talks Sunday on the visit by US President Barack Obama in March.
US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman met with senior Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) officials at the meeting.
Sherman, who led the American negotiating team at talks in Vienna aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program, also discussed this issue and other regional and bilateral matters with Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the foreign minister.
"Sherman met with Foreign Minister Prince Saud and discussed regional issues, bilateral cooperation, and the upcoming visits of President Obama and senior US officials," said a statement released by the US Embassy on Monday.
Sherman also briefed the GCC secretariat and member states on "the recent EU-coordinated P5+1 talks held with Iran in Vienna," said the statement.
This meeting underscores the "importance that the United States places on close consultations with our partners on matters that impact the security of the Gulf region, including resolving the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program," said the statement.
Sherman is traveling to three countries in the region in five days including the United Arab Emirates for consultations with GCC governments and representatives.
Sherman arrived in Israel on Monday, where the Iranian nuclear issue also topped the agenda.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves for the US early next month to discuss regional issues with Obama before the US president embarks on his Gulf tour. Obama has also invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet with him in Washington, officials in Ramallah said Monday.


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

Updated 30 min 46 sec ago
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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.