German, Saudi officials explore boosting joint counter-terrorism

Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp. (Courtesy: gcsp)
Updated 23 February 2017
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German, Saudi officials explore boosting joint counter-terrorism

RIYADH: A 20-member German delegation visited the Kingdom to hold talks with Saudi counterparts, and to discuss with Saudi think tanks and officials ways to further strengthen cooperation in the fields of security and counter-terrorism.
The delegation, which arrived on Saturday night, left on Tuesday and was led by Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp, president of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy, an inter-ministerial body that works under the federal chancellor’s office.
The program for the visit was coordinated between the Prince Saud Institute for Diplomatic Studies, part of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, and by the Federal Academy for Security Policy.
Michael Ohnmacht, chargé d’affaires and spokesman for the German Embassy, said the delegation’s visit to the Kingdom was the first of its kind.
The group comprised high-ranking officials from German ministries and other institutions, members of non-governmental bodies and representatives of the private sector.
Their goal was to better understand the threats and challenges facing the region, and to have an open exchange of ideas with their Saudi partners. Ohnmacht said the delegation was impressed by the quality of the exchange of ideas, and the openness of its Saudi hosts.
“Germany and the Kingdom are confronted with similar threats and challenges, and the best and most efficient way to overcome these challenges and to fight against terrorism and extremism is to enhance our cooperation, strengthen our ties and continue and deepen our dialogue,” he added.
The delegation met with Gen. Abdulilah Al-Saleh, secretary general of the Islamic Military Coalition for Counter Terrorism, to discuss common ways to fight terrorism and to boost security cooperation between the Kingdom and Germany.
The delegation also met with the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammad Alissa, and attended a seminar organized by the Institute for Diplomatic Studies.
It also attended lectures by experts in political science and political economy at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Ohnmacht said the delegation invited its Saudi partners and hosts to visit Germany in order to continue the dialogue, which was received positively.


Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”

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The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.