Top KSA-Iraq meet to explore areas of cooperation today

Saudi King Salman (R) talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi in Jeddah in this June 19, 2017 photo. Four months after the two leaders met, the Saudi-Iraq Coordinating Council is now ready to begin talks to firm up Saudi-Iraqi trade prospects. (Reuters
Updated 21 October 2017

Top KSA-Iraq meet to explore areas of cooperation today

RIYADH: A meeting of the Saudi-Iraq Coordinating Council is set to begin at the headquarters of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) here on Saturday.
Presentations on the KAPSARC and the Export Development Authority will be made during the maiden meeting ,which will be followed by cultural events and dinner.
On Sunday, the council will hold a meeting at Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, where officials from the two countries will explore areas of cooperation in the presence of ministers from the two countries and senior government officials.
A series of presentations highlighting the investment opportunities, will be made by organizations such as the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, SABIC and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization.
The Saudi side will be led by Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi, while the Iraqi team will be led by Sulaiman Al-Jumaili. Six other Iraqi ministers will also be part of the visiting delegation.
According to a statement to Arab News, the meeting aims to enhance communication between the two countries at the strategic level, deepen mutual political trust and open new horizons of cooperation in various fields including economic development, security, investment, tourism, culture and media.
In addition, important international and regional affairs, protection of common interests, development of partnerships between the private sectors of the two countries, cooperation in scientific research, exchange of visits, and participation in training programs will also be up for discussion during the meeting.
In a statement to our sister paper, Asharq Al-Awsat, Abdul Aziz Al-Shammari, charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Baghdad, said that the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council will cover all vital and important areas between the two countries — political, economic, commercial, security, cultural and others.
Al-Shammari stressed that this step is vital in boosting bilateral ties between Riyadh and Baghdad.
According to Sulaiman Al-Jumaili, who presided over the first meeting between the two sides, the council was formed following the recent visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to the Kingdom.

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

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UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.


Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.



Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.