King Salman receives Lebanese Patriarch Maronite Beshara Al-Rahi

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King Salman receives Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Al Rahi in his office at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Al Rahi in his office at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Al Rahi in his office at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Musa’ed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Minister of State for Arab Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Subhan. (SPA)
Updated 15 November 2017
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King Salman receives Lebanese Patriarch Maronite Beshara Al-Rahi

JEDDAH: King Salman received, Tuesday, the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros Al-Rahi in his office at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed the fraternal relations between the Kingdom and Lebanon and stressed the importance of the role of different religions and cultures in promoting tolerance, renouncing violence, extremism, terrorism and achieving security and peace for the peoples of the region and the world.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Musa’ed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Minister of State for Arab Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Subhan.


NATO will show unity despite differences: Stoltenberg

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NATO will show unity despite differences: Stoltenberg

  • Stoltenberg said NATO hopes to start accession talks with Macedonia at the summit, which will be held in Brussels on July 11 and 12
  • The US leader has also complained that the transatlantic defense alliance is more useful for Europe than it is for the United States

BRUSSELS: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg voiced confidence Tuesday that Alliance members will demonstrate unity at a summit next month despite “important differences” between the United States and European members of the transatlantic Alliance. US President Donald Trump has called on fellow members to shoulder a bigger share of the NATO budget. The US leader has also complained that the transatlantic defense alliance is more useful for Europe than it is for the United States. However Stoltenberg remained decidedly upbeat on Tuesday, while acknowledging the differences. “I’m absolutely confident that the NATO summit will demonstrate the transatlantic unity, that Europe and the United States stand together despite important differences on important issues like trade, the Paris (climate) agreement or the Iran nuclear deal,” the NATO leader told the France 24 television channel. “I met president Donald Trump recently in the White House and he reconfirmed his strong personal commitment to NATO and he also recognized that European allies are investing more in defense.” Trump caused dismay in Europe during his presidential campaign when he said that NATO was “obsolete” and failing to meet the challenge posed by Daesh terror groups. “He has a strong message about the need to do more (on defense spending) and I agree with him and the European allies also agree with him,” said Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg also said NATO hopes to start accession talks with Macedonia at the summit, which will be held in Brussels on July 11 and 12, after the small Balkan nation reached a deal with Greece to be renamed the Republic of North Macedonia.