King Salman receives GCC chief, heads of diplomatic groups

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King Salman holds talks with Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Djibouti’s Ambassador Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 05 June 2017
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King Salman receives GCC chief, heads of diplomatic groups

JEDDAH: King Salman received the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani at Al-Salam Palace on Sunday.
During the meeting, they reviewed a number of issues regarding GCC joint action.
In a separate meeting on Sunday, King Salman met with the Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti, Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama and the heads of diplomatic groups accredited to the Kingdom including Ambassador of Eritrea and Head of African Group Mohammed Omar Mahmoud; Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman and Head of Arab Group Ahmed bin Hilal Al-Busaidi; Ambassador of Argentina and Head of South American Group Jaime Sergio Sarda; Ambassador of Austria and Head of European Group Gregor W. Koessler; Ambassador of Singapore and Head of Asian Group Lawrence Anderson; Ambassador of New Zealand and Head of Oceania Group Hamish McMaster; and Ambassador of Canada and Head of North American Group Dennis Horak.
During the meeting, the ambassadors expressed their Ramadan greetings to the King, the leaders of Arab, Islamic and other allied countries and all members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Kingdom.
The king sent his Ramadan greetings to the leaders of the same nations, Islamic and Arab countries and the whole world with welfare, peace and prosperity.
The meetings were attended by Minister of State and Cabinet Member Ibrahim Al-Assaf and Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir.


King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

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King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

  • The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Abdullah Economic City
  • This giant project has been implemented in three stages by a number of national and international companies

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will inaugurate the Haramain high speed rail project on Tuesday ahead of the start of commercial operations next month.
The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Abdullah Economic City.
Saudi Minister of Transport, Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, expressed his gratitude to the King for his patronage of the ceremony as well as his support for national projects.
Al-Amoudi said King Salman gives great importance to the transportation projects in Saudi Arabia as they represent the Kingdom’s efforts in serving citizens and visitors, specifically pilgrims.
He also said the King and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman are always committed to provide the highest quality services to pilgrims, to fulfill Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to increase the number of pilgrims.
This giant project has been implemented in three stages by a number of national and international companies.
The project can carry 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of 35 trains containing 417 seats each.
Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Public Transport Authority, said the project is the region’s first high-speed electric train.
The designs of the stations of the Haramain rail were inspired by the unique Islamic architecture of the cities of Makkah and Madinah.