Saudi EU mission to open in Brussels

Osama Nugali.
Updated 09 December 2017

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 Arabia: Agreement reached on establishing entity for Red Sea and Gulf of Aden states

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Saudi Arabia: Agreement reached on establishing entity for Red Sea and Gulf of Aden states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping.

Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative. 

A team of experts is expected to meet “soon” in Cairo for technical talks.

“This is part of the Kingdom's efforts to protect its interests and those of its neighbours and ... to stabilise the region that we live in and to try to create synergies between the various countries,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters after a day of meetings.

“The more cooperation and coordination that you have among the countries of this region, the less negative outside influence will be on this region," he added.

Eritrea and Ethiopia were not present at the meeting.

The Red Sea also includes the Bab Al-Mandeb strait, through which oil is shipped towards Europe, the US and Asia. In recent years the waterway has been targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi militants from Yemen.

Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment.

Saudi Arabia has announced several mega-projects along the Red Sea, including a $500 billion business zone shared with Egypt and Jordan as well as a luxury tourism destination.