Riyadh, Kiev cement relations with President Poroshenko’s Saudi visit

King Salman receives Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 02 November 2017
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Riyadh, Kiev cement relations with President Poroshenko’s Saudi visit

RIYADH: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed the strong relations between his country and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in official talks with King Salman on Wednesday.
Poroshenko said he hoped to strengthen and develop these relations in all areas, including the economic and investment fields.
During the session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, King Salman and Poroshenko reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two countries. They also attended a signing ceremony of a draft cooperation program and memoranda of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
Before the signing ceremony, King Salman decorated the president with the King Abdul Aziz necklace medal, and received the Order of Yaroslav the Wise of First Class, which is the highest order in Ukraine.
Then, an MoU for investment cooperation in the field of agriculture was co-signed by the Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, and the Ukrainian Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Maxime Martinok.
A draft cooperation program between the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies and the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine was co-signed by Saudi Foreign Minister Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
An MoU for cooperation and exchanging news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the Ukrainian News Agency was co-signed by the SPA President Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussain and the Director General of the Ukrainian News Agency Alexander Kharchenko.
The signing ceremony was attended by a number of princes in addition to Saudi and Ukrainian ministers and senior officials.
Later, Poroshenko received the supervisor of the Public Investment Fund, Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.