Saudi EU mission to open in Brussels

Osama Nugali.
Updated 09 December 2017
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Saudi EU mission to open in Brussels

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will soon open a mission to the EU in Brussels with the aim of further enhancing relations between the Kingdom and EU countries.
“Saudi Arabia has long-lasting relations with the European Union through the Saudi Embassy in Brussels,” Osama Nugali, head of the media department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, told Arab News on Friday.
“Additionally, establishing a Saudi Mission to the European Union aims to enhance and develop these relations in all fields and areas of joint cooperation,” he said.
The Kingdom and the EU already share very cordial relations in trade and commerce and cultural areas.
A 50-member trade delegation from the EU visited Riyadh last month with the aim of developing cooperation between the EU and the Kingdom in agriculture and rural development, with a view to further developing bilateral trade in agri-food products.
Trade relations between the Kingdom and the EU have traditionally taken place through the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with the focus on industrial goods and energy resources.
To promote socio-cultural relations, the EU organizes a month-long celebration to mark Europe Month in the Kingdom, which includes cultural exhibitions and programs at various European missions in Riyadh.


Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

Updated 18 June 2018
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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

  • The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia
  • The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease

GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the period, the WHO said, and take the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans in 2012.
The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia.
One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafer Albatin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in Riyadh in the same month, although no health care workers were infected.
Two other clusters affected households in Jeddah and Najran.
MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.
The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.
But it kills one in three sufferers, and hospital workers are at risk unless extreme caution is taken to identify MERS sufferers early and to protect health care workers from infection via airborne droplets such as from coughs and sneezes.
Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, the WHO said. Everyone should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating undercooked meat.
Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. Oman and the United Arab Emirates each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurised camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.