Saudi crown prince meets with Iraq's Moqtada Al-Sadr

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) meets with Iraq's Moqtada Al-Sadr (2nd rightr) and his delegation in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) meets with Iraq's Moqtada Al-Sadr in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) meets with Iraq's Moqtada Al-Sadr (center) in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 30 July 2017
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Saudi crown prince meets with Iraq's Moqtada Al-Sadr

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Sunday with Iraq’s influential Shiite leader Moqtada Al-Sadr, who is on a rare visit to the Kingdom.
Crown Prince Mohammed received Al-Sadr at his office in Jeddah and the two "reviewed Saudi-Iraqi relations and a number of issues of mutual interest," said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Al-Sadr was met at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by Thamer Al-Sabhan, the kingdom’s former ambassador to Iraq and its first to be assigned to Baghdad after a 25-year break.
Al-Sabhan was renamed minister of state for the Gulf region after tensions with the Iraqi government. He’d claimed that Iranian-backed militias were plotting to assassinate him.
A statement released Sunday by Al-Sadr’s office said he had been invited to the Kingdom.
Al-Sadr is among those who have called for the disbandment of militias organized in Iraq to help the government fight Daesh extremists.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have expressed concern about the influence of Iran over Shiite militias, warning that they could be used against Sunnis in Iraq.


— With a report by AP


Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

Updated 22 July 2018
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Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

JEDDAH: Visitors flocked to Saudi Arabia’s 11th International Honey Festival in the southwestern region of Baha.
The attendees and participants praised the festival’s events and the variety of honey products featured at the exhibition.
The exhibition also attracted visitors from outside the region, who were interested in participating in the festival.
Visitors, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), described how they enjoyed all the exhibitions included in the festival, praising the success they had witnessed and the festival’s various attracting events.
The festival has greatly contributed to boosting local tourism.
The festival aims to help beekeepers promote their products in a professional manner and is also financially rewarding.
It also offers vacationers an opportunity to purchase honey from authentic sellers.
The festival is considered the most prominent for honey producers and apiarists in the Middle East.
It also falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to propel Saudi Arabia as a main producer of honey both regionally and internationally.
It also aims to develop the industry for nutritional and medicinal purposes.