Saudi Commerce Minister Al-Qassabi meets Iraq PM Al-Abadi

Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi
Updated 25 August 2017
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Saudi Commerce Minister Al-Qassabi meets Iraq PM Al-Abadi

RIYADH: Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi, who heads the new Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council comprising ministers and members of relevant authorities in both countries, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.
They discussed ways to enhance strategic, economic, trade, agriculture and investment relations.
Al-Qassabi is leading a high-level delegation of government officials and businessmen who seek closer ties with Iraq, the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment said Wednesday.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed mutually beneficial investment opportunities and partnerships, it added.
The visit also aims to enhance trade and create business opportunities in all sectors, especially industry, agriculture, education and health.
Al-Qassabi said the visit, his first to Iraq, is crucial as it comes after the opening of border crossings between the two countries.
The two sides discussed Saudi participation in an international economic forum to be held in Baghdad, setting up the Saudi-Iraqi Business Council, and holding the Saudi-Iraqi Business Opportunities Forum early next year in the Kingdom.


DiplomaticQuarter: Mexicans in Riyadh celebrate 208 years of their country’s independence

Riyadh governor cutting cake with Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda. (SPA)
Updated 4 min 38 sec ago
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DiplomaticQuarter: Mexicans in Riyadh celebrate 208 years of their country’s independence

  • Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar represented the Saudi government at the colorful celebration, marking the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence
  • The centerpiece of the festivities was a re-enactment of the “Cry of Dolores”

RIYADH: The Mexican community in Riyadh gathered at the official residence of Ambassador Alfredo Miranda on Sunday to celebrate their country’s National Day. They were joined at the event by VIP guests including members of the royal family, diplomats and business leaders.

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar represented the Saudi government at the colorful celebration, marking the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.

The centerpiece of the festivities was a re-enactment of the “Cry of Dolores,” a historic event in small town of Dolores on the morning of September 16, 1810, when Mexico’s founding father, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, issued a call to arms that signaled the start of the war of independence.

The rest of the National Day celebration was a Mexican-style fiesta, filled with color and music, with many of the guests dressed in traditional outfits. They enjoyed authentic Mexican food prepared by renowned chef Eduardo Perez, which offered a taste of the Mexican Gastronomic Festival at the city’s InterContinental Hotel from Sept. 17 to 22.

The entertainment also included the Kingdom’s first a live performance by a Mexican folkloric Mariachi band, a musical style recognized by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage lists.