King Salman receives Cypriot president

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Updated 04 January 2018
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King Salman receives Cypriot president

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman held talks at Al-Yamamah Palace with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them, in addition to reviewing the latest regional developments.
King Salman and President Anastasiades then witnessed a joint ceremony to sign an agreement, an executive program and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.
An agreement was signed to avoid double taxation on income and to prevent tax evasion. It was co-signed by Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan and Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
The executive program was co-signed between the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation and the Cypriot Ministry of Transport.
The memorandum of understanding was related to political consultations between the Saudi and Cypriot foreign ministries. It was co-signed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Madani and Kasoulides.
The ceremony was attended by a number of princes, ministers, civil and military officials and the Saudi ambassador to Greece and Cyprus.
King Salman also held a luncheon in honor of the visiting president and his accompanying delegation.


Peace and safety will prevail in Syria, says KSRelief chief

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Peace and safety will prevail in Syria, says KSRelief chief

  • Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there
  • Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, is keen to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees in Jordan

JEDDAH: The supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) visited Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees to check on the progress of KSRelief’s projects there.
Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there, with officials at the camp and representatives of organizations working there.
The camp is located in northeast Jordan, about 70 km from the capital Amman, and hosts 70,000 Syrian refugees, accounting for 22 percent of their total number in the country.
Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, is keen to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees in Jordan, and to ease the burden on the country’s government, said Al-Rabeeah.
“In the next few days of this visit, we will see the signing of deals for more programs and projects with our partners in international humanitarian organizations,” he added.
Al-Rabeeah expressed hope that peace and safety will prevail in Syria so refugees can return to their country.
At Zaatari, he and his delegation visited the distribution center of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the catering center of the World Food Program (WFP).
Al-Rabeeah contributed to distributing 2,000 bags to Syrian students at the primary school of the Saudi complex in the camp.
The distribution is part of a project in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to provide 450,000 school bags that include all students’ needs at the start of every school year. The total value of the project is $4.437 million.
Al-Rabeeah met with distinguished students and children with special needs to encourage them and give them moral support. He also toured KSRelief’s 15 specialized clinics in Zaatari.
He attended the cultural training program provided by the MiSK Foundation in the camp, and inaugurated the Advanced Saudi Center for Community Education and Training, which includes computer programing, basic sciences, health, tailoring, weaving and handicrafts.
Al-Rabeeah visited Syrian families in Zaatari and listened to their stories. He also visited the handicrafts exhibition in the camp, which includes paintings and sculptures that reflect refugees’ emotions and creativity.
He visited the exhibition of the Saudi Training Center for Handicrafts and Recycling, patronized a ceremony to honor outstanding students, and gave them awards.
Meanwhile, Al-Rabeeah has signed a joint program for treating cancer patients from Yemeni and Syrian refugees at Jordan’s King Hussien Cancer Center.
He visited the headquarters of the King Hussien Cancer Center in Amman on Tuesday, where he met several of the foundation’s leaders.
Al-Rabeeah met her royal highness Princess Ghida Talal, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.
His excellency discussed with Talal ways of boosting cooperation, and signed the joint agreement which aims to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to cancer patients.