Saudi Arabia, S. Korea to hold ministerial meetings to bolster cooperation

Korean Ambassador Kwon Pyung-oh
Updated 02 October 2017
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Saudi Arabia, S. Korea to hold ministerial meetings to bolster cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and South Korea will hold two days of ministerial meetings in Seoul starting Oct. 26, to discuss cooperation in several sectors, particularly transport, housing, infrastructure and nuclear energy.
The meetings will identify projects for cooperation within the framework of Vision 2030, said South Korea’s vice minister of land, infrastructure and transport, Son Byeong-seok, who visited Riyadh last week to prepare for the meetings and discuss possible projects for cooperation.
He said his talks with senior Saudi officials “mainly focused on smart traffic and road technology, railway projects, cooperation in the housing sector, traffic control, the Madinah Metro Project, and smart technology and infrastructure to build new cities.”
It is these issues that will be on the agenda of the upcoming meetings, added Son, who was accompanied by more than 20 public and private sector officials.
The meetings in Seoul will be co-chaired by Adel Faqeeh, Saudi minister of economy and planning, and Kang Kyung-wha, Korean foreign minister.
The Kingdom, which plans to build 1.5 million houses and carry out railway and metro projects, has chosen South Korea as a strategic partner to help implement Vision 2030.
Korean Ambassador Kwon Pyung-oh said the two countries “have been working closely” in the field of nuclear energy.
South Korea hopes to export its nuclear technology to the Kingdom, which has announced plans to build nuclear reactors to reduce its reliance on oil. Recent meetings have taken place between South Korean and Saudi officials to step up cooperation in this sector.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.