Saudi Arabia, Russia focus on rebalancing oil markets

King Salman holds talks with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 15 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia, Russia focus on rebalancing oil markets

RIYADH: Rebalancing oil markets was high on the agenda when King Salman and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak held official talks on Wednesday exploring aspects of cooperation between their two countries.
The talks at Al-Yamamah Palace addressed bilateral relations and cooperation in the fields of energy, especially in achieving the stability of the global oil markets through the leadership of producing countries to reduce the surplus from world oil stocks.
King Salman also made a telephone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin. They reviewed bilateral and distinct relations between the two countries in addition to ways of developing them.
The two leaders also discussed regional and international issues, including the Syrian crisis. They affirmed the importance of exerting efforts to reach a political solution and end the suffering of the Syrian people.
Saudi Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih, in the presence of a number of energy ministers and experts in climate change from around the world, inaugurated the eighth session of the International Energy Agency, the World Energy Forum, and OPEC in Riyadh on Wednesday.
Topics for discussion included the future prospects of energy, alternative energy, efforts to improve oil markets, the recovery of prices and the return of markets to normal, as well as coordination in international policies on climate change, sources of investment in infrastructure and special technologies of clean hydrocarbon materials.
Al-Falih welcomed Novak as well as the Moroccan politician Aziz Rabbah. He noted that as the Kingdom and Russia were the world’s largest oil producers, and due to the economic, political and strategic importance of oil to the two countries, it was necessary to continue joint efforts and cooperation. Al-Falih praised the efforts of the Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum, Dr. Sun Xiancheng, and his team for their work, and expressed the Kingdom’s pride that Riyadh was the headquarters of this forum, which represents a gateway for cooperation and exchange of information between producers and consumers.
The presence of the three organizations — International Energy Agency, the International Energy Forum and OPEC — would help achieve the objective of the conference, he said.
On the sidelines of the conference, Al-Falih met with Novak to enhance strategic partnership relations through the Saudi-Russian Joint Committee and continued cooperation through the Vienna Convention, bringing together 24 countries and contributing to a relative recovery of the oil markets.


Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety

MAKKAH: King Salman received thanks from guests at Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for welcoming and supporting pilgrims. They also thanked him for hosting them so that they can perform Hajj rituals. 

The king’s guests praised the services provided for them from the moment they arrived in the holy lands. This underscores the depth of the Saudi experience in dealing with crowds and successfully hosting millions of pilgrims each year.

Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety.

“The expansion projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, as well as the readiness of all medical and security teams, constitute strong evidence of Saudi Arabia’s capacities and ability to organize and manage the crowds with every Hajj season,” he added.

Ismailov pointed out that Muslims represent 70 percent of the population in Tatarstan, and that it is the first country in the region to adopt Islam as a state religion since 922.

Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the grand mufti of Belgrade, in Serbia, said that King Salman’s hosting of pilgrims from all over the world continues a tradition of the leadership of this blessed land assisting and unifying Muslims. It continues the path of good and giving by the Kingdom’s leaders toward Islamic work in the world, accounting for its prestigious position in the Muslim world, he added.

Jusufspahic expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his great gesture that enables Muslims to perform Hajj easily and conveniently. He praised all services offered in the program, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Mohammed Amin, a professor from Ethiopia, who is making his first visit to Makkah, commended King Salman’s invitation to Muslims from all over the globe. He also saidthat the Ethiopian people were well aware of the financial and cultural support provided by the Kingdom.

The imam of the Central Mosque in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Khalil, expressed his admiration for the warm reception he and his delegation received upon their arrival, their speedy entry into the country and the journey to their residence.

Guinean Islamic preacher Mohammed Idris said the infrastructure and the scale of the preparations in Makkah reflect the tremendous efforts from all sectors there. “The Kingdom endeavors to develop organization and management of the Hajj season every year, a fact highly acclaimed among Muslims in Guinea, who consider Saudi Arabia to be the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

Professor Bassim Berniavorates, from the faculty of medicine at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, said he was happy he had the opportunity to perform Hajj for the first time in his life, and was eager to meet Saudi people, to learn about their customs and traditions, and to visit popular markets that reflect the historical richness of Makkah.

He added that the Bosnian people were grateful for Saudi Arabia’s support throughout history, which has enabled them to overcome obstacles and crises and achieve their aspirations in building a civilized and democratic nation.

Bassim, a professor of anesthesia at the University Hospital in Sarajevo, noted that the program helped to extend bridges of communication with the world. “The Bosnians became more familiar with the Saudis and proud of this cultural fusion in the holiest parts of the earth,” said Bassim.

Dr. Mekhtbakh, from the Sports Academy in Kyrgyzstan, said that by visiting the holy land he had achieved a life-long dream. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his generous patronage and keenness to host Muslims from all over the world.