Saudi Vision 2030 provides mutual opportunity, says Chinese envoy

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Li Huaxin
Updated 19 January 2018
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Saudi Vision 2030 provides mutual opportunity, says Chinese envoy

RIYADH: The Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Li Huaxin, has said that his country considers Vision 2030 an opportunity for integration between the two countries, and that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is compatible with it.
In a press statement, Li said that a visit to China by the Saudi justice minister and chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid Al-Samaani, represented a new round in consolidating bilateral relation.
“The two sides discussed a draft agreement for civil and commercial judicial cooperation between the two countries. This agreement is co-welcomed because the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its programs represent a great opportunity to deepen partnerships and commercial exchanges,” Li said.
The ambassador added that legal measures taken by the Saudi government against corruption were part of an ambitious initiative to clean up the investment environment for the benefit of all partners, including Chinese companies.
“The new steps taken by the Ministry of Justice in launching commercial courts in different regions reflect tangible evidence that the Kingdom is a state of law, and sends a message to the world that it is working to establish rights and justice in order to support the investment environment in the Kingdom,” he said.
In 2016, bilateral trade reached $43 billion.
In the cultural field, Li said that the two sides had agreed to translate 50 Saudi books into Chinese and 50 Chinese books into Arabic.


World celebrates Saudi National Day

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World celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: From Dubai to Beirut to New York and Washington, D.C., Saudi National Day was celebrated outside of the Kingdom on Sunday as a show of patriotism by Saudis abroad and as a sign of friendship by countries around the world.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30 p.m. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50 p.m.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.

 

The Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the Saudi flag last night, while the Nasdaq Tower’s electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square was lit up with photos of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

The images were posted by Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operation of the New York equities exchange, on Twitter with the message: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National Day.”

 

 

In Lebanon, Pigeons’ Rock, also known as the Rock of Raouché, located in the sea of the western capital of Beirut, was lit in the colors of the Saudi flag. The rock, one of the most important Lebanese monuments, was lit during a ceremony attended by the charge d'affaires of Saudi Arabia, Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari, along with a crowd of dignitaries, including the Mayor of Beirut.

In Washington, the Saudi embassy’s National Day bus toured around the capital on the weekend inviting people to its celebrations on Sunday in National Harbor, Maryland.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars - one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

The UAE’s airlines got in on the game. Emirates operated a special one-off A380 service on the routes EK 813 and EK 814 on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. Crew handed out scarves emblazoned with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers boarding the aircraft.pic.twitter.com/U36yYpxE8T

Etihad said it was using the only Saudi A380 pilot in the world, Wesam Sameer Al Najjar, to fly its Year of Zayed plane to Jeddah with the UAE’s Captain Ahmed Almalood.

In the UAE, children at some schools dressed in green and sang the anthems of both countries, carrying both of their flags. In the evening, there was a Saudi National Day celebration at La Mer beachfront in Dubai that featured a supercar parade, traditional Saudi dancers and, of course, fireworks.