King Salman launches library at Peking University

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King Salman launches library at Peking University. (SPA)
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King Salman launches library at Peking University. (SPA)
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King Salman launches library at Peking University. (SPA)
Updated 17 March 2017
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King Salman launches library at Peking University

Beijing: King Salman today launched the King Abdulaziz Public Library at Peking University, which granted him an honorary doctorate.
Upon arrival, the king was received by Chinese Education Minister Chen Baosheng and a number of officials.
The university president delivered a speech in which he welcomed King Salman, saying the library opening enhances bilateral relations.
The monarch watched a documentary film about the library and its role in publishing scientific and cultural literature in various languages.
He delivered a speech in which he expressed pleasure at visiting Peking University, and thanked it for the honorary doctorate.
“I seized the opportunity to assert the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s interest in science and knowledge. Science is the foundation of nations’ renaissance and progress,” King Salman said.
“I am pleased to launch the King Abdulaziz Public Library at this prestigious university. I call for further cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China in various fields of scientific research, serving the two countries and peoples,” he added.
“I thank you. I hope that this occasion will contribute to enhancing relations between the two countries in various fields, particularly science and culture.”
Two valuable books about Saudi Arabia and China were granted to the library.


Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

Updated 18 min 15 sec ago
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Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

BAGHDAD: The speaker of the Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, on Saturday praised the efforts of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in strengthening Saudi-Iraqi relations.

Al-Asheikh was speaking at the Baghdad Summit of Parliaments of Neighboring Countries of Iraq.

The summit, hosted by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi, gathered top lawmakers from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues. Al-Asheikh said Saudi-Iraqi relations have recently developed after the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Riyadh with a high-level delegation.

Al-Asheikh stressed the desire of both countries’ leaderships to promote bilateral relations and common interests.

“We are meeting today at this summit to celebrate the victory of brotherly Iraq over terrorism and the elimination of the Daesh terrorist organization,” he said. 

“My country has contributed to the efforts of the international coalition forces to eliminate it and enact more legislation and laws that criminalize it.”

Al-Halbousi said his country’s relations with neighboring states are strong, and Iraq intends to develop them. 

“Today, Iraq is building a promising strategic partnership with all neighboring countries without any reservations or favoring any party,” he added.

Visiting officials pledged support for reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq, and for the country’s continued stability following its victory over Daesh after three years of war, Al-Halbousi said.

Iraq continues to fight terror with regional and international assistance, he added, thanking all countries that have supported this fight. 

The summit dealt with a number of topics, notably strengthening parliamentary cooperation between Iraq and neighboring countries, and supporting regional efforts against terrorism.

Baghdad and Riyadh have been at loggerheads since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, but they have recently undertaken a diplomatic push to improve ties.