Trump’s visit ‘to boost Riyadh-Washington bilateral trade’

Abdallah bin Saleh bin Al-Jum’ah
Updated 19 May 2017
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Trump’s visit ‘to boost Riyadh-Washington bilateral trade’

RIYADH: The US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) has predicted that the upcoming visit by US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia this weekend will further boost the existing bilateral trade relations between the two countries.
Abdallah bin Saleh bin Jum’ah, Saudi chairman of the board of directors of the council, described the visit as “historic” and one that reflects the political and economic weight of the Kingdom internationally.
He added that the visit carries many important messages, as it is the first visit abroad by Trump after he assumed his presidency, and is expected to constitute new breakthroughs in strengthening economic relations and developing trade exchanges between the two friendly countries.
Jum’ah said the visit emphasizes the Kingdom’s prominent position and leadership in the Islamic world, as well as its great economic impact and outstanding contributions to international efforts that aim at stabilizing the global economy.
The chairman said bilateral trade and industrial investments between the two countries are on the rise, noting that the Kingdom ranks 12th in the list of US trading partners, while the US ranks second among KSA’s largest trading partners. They have maintained growing economic relations during periods of economic prosperity and international economic recession alike.
Jum’ah expects Saudi-US economic relations to witness an unprecedented shift in the coming years, in recognition of the many new gains that the Kingdom’s strategic Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 have generated.
With its 250 members made up of leading Saudi and American companies, the USSABC was founded in 1993 and aims to develop cooperation and joint economic actions between Saudi Arabia and the US.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.