Adel Al-Jubeir to co-chair Saudi-Italy meeting

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. (AFP)
Updated 22 November 2017
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Adel Al-Jubeir to co-chair Saudi-Italy meeting

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir will co-chair with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano a joint commission meeting between the two countries in Rome on Dec. 4, Italian Ambassador Luca Ferrari said here on Monday. A high-profile meeting of Saudi and Italian businessmen will also be organized on the sidelines of the meeting.
Al-Jubeir will visit Italy from Dec. 4 to attend the joint commission meeting, and to hold talks with top Italian officials. “The joint commission meeting will enable both countries to comprehensively review bilateral cooperation in defense, economic, archaeology, tourism and cultural spheres and enhance business exchanges within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030,” said Ferrari.
“About 100 leading Saudi companies will be represented by their chairmen or chief executives in the business meeting,” he added. Ferrari was speaking to newsmen after formally inaugurating the Italian food festival at Lulu hypermarket here on Monday evening.
He said that the Italian companies could play a major role in the development of Neom city, especially in the area of robotics and information technology. “In fact, among the areas where Italy sees the most promise are robotics and automation, a fantastic industry with more than 400 companies,” said the diplomat, while referring to robots’ components supplied by Italian companies to China and many other countries.
Referring to the tie-up between Italy and Lulu, the ambassador pointed out that “Lulu has planned to open 20 hypermarkets in Italy.”
“This partnership with Lulu will help Italy to boost its exports, especially agri-sector exports, to different countries as Lulu has a strong global network of departmental stores and hypermarkets,” said the envoy.
He said that the agri-food sector represents 30 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) in Italy. In fact, the Italian economy is also doing pretty well, and it advanced 1.8 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017, above 1.5 percent in the previous period, preliminary estimates showed.


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.