King Carlos to hold talks with crown prince

Updated 17 May 2014
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King Carlos to hold talks with crown prince

Spanish King Juan Carlos is set to arrive in Jeddah on Saturday to hold talks with top Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Salman, minister of defense, and Prince Muqrin, second deputy premier.
According to Spanish Ambassador Joaquin Perez-Villanueva, the wide-ranging talks will focus on bilateral relations, as well as on regional and international developments.
Carlos’s delegation includes Defense Minister Pedro Morenes Eulate, Public Works Minister Ana Maria Pastor Julian, Industry, Energy and Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Soria and other senior Spanish officials, he said.
The Spanish monarch, whose entourage includes five ministers and a huge contingent of businessmen, will also meet with Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Naif, said the envoy.
During his three-day visit to the Kingdom, Carlos will focus on how to boost political, commercial and cultural ties between the two nations.
Observers say the Spanish king’s current tour hopes “to draw Saudi and Gulf investment” to Spain as part of efforts to bolster the country’s moribund economy.
The busy agenda of King Carlos in Jeddah also includes a meeting with top functionaries of the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) and several business meetings.
Spain is a close ally of the Kingdom.
A Spanish-led consortium is currently developing a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail link between the holy cities of Makkah and Medinah.
Last week, Saudi Arabia also awarded a contract worth close to $1.7 billion to Spanish energy contractor Tecnicas Reunidas to build a large power complex in Jazan.
In a statement, Tecnicas Reunidas said it had been hired by Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company, to execute the Jazan IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) complex in the south western region of Saudi Arabia.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 22 April 2018
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.