Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (SPA)
Updated 28 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

RIYADH: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, in his first visit back to the country since he announced his resignation in the kingdom.
Hariri announced on November 4 that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind it the following month after France intervened.
Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said Hariri and King Salman discussed “bilateral relations and recent developments in Lebanon.”
It published pictures of the two leaders locked in a firm handshake.
He is also due to hold talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose impact on the kingdom’s policies has steadily expanded since his appointment as heir to the throne in June.
His visit comes after a meeting Monday in Beirut with Saudi envoy Nizar Al-Alula during which Hariri said he received and accepted an invitation to travel to Riyadh.
Alula also met with President Michel Aoun, who told him of Lebanon’s desire to “maintain the best relations” with the Gulf state.
Lebanon will hold legislative elections on May 6, the country’s first since 2009.


FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of KSA’s General Authority for Foreign Trade

Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of KSA’s General Authority for Foreign Trade

Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi was appointed the governor of the General Authority for Foreign Trade following a royal decree issued on March 23. 

Previously, he had been the deputy minister of foreign trade since 2016. 

He has held many leadership positions in the financial and private banking sector, the most recent of which was serving as the chief executive officer of Emirates NBD KSA. 

Al-Harbi is a member of several boards of directors as well as local and international committees, including the board of directors of the Saudi Export Development Authority and the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises. He is also the chairman of the Investment Committee, and represents the Kingdom on the board of directors of the Islamic Center for Trade Development.

He holds a bachelor of science in management information systems from the business school at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. 

The General Authority for Foreign Trade aims to enhance the Kingdom’s international commercial and investment activities. It was established to consolidate Saudi Arabia’s position as a region and global trade hub.

One of the key goals of the authority is to ensure smooth access for Saudi non-oil exports in target markets by removing obstacles.