Saudi Crown Prince invites Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Kingdom

Prince Mohammed and the Archbishop viewed fragments of a Qur’an manuscript found in a Birmingham University library.
Updated 09 March 2018
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Saudi Crown Prince invites Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Kingdom

LONDON: The Archbishop of Canterbury has been invited to visit Saudi Arabia by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Arab News has exclusively learned from senior sources at the Saudi Embassy in the UK and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The sources told Arab News a “very positive and very pleasant” meeting took place between the Crown Prince and the Archbishop in London yesterday.

Earlier this week, Prince Mohammed said that all Coptic Christians were welcome in Saudi Arabia, during a tour of Cairo’s main Cathedral.

The Crown Prince met Archbishop Justin Welby in Lambeth Palace, where they spoke for an hour.

“The Crown Prince made a strong commitment to promote the flourishing of those of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond,” a Lambeth Palace statement said.

Prince Mohammed and the Archbishop viewed fragments of a Qur'an manuscript found in a Birmingham University library in 2015, thought to be among the world’s oldest. They also viewed a selection of early Christian and Jewish texts.

On the second full day of his landmark visit to the UK, some of the biggest corporate names from Saudi Arabia and the UK announced deals worth SR8 billion ($2.13 billion).

As CEOs from both countries gathered at a forum in London’s Mansion House, 18 agreements were signed between them.

During the three-day visit, the countries have set out plans to build £65 billion ($90.29 billion) of trade and investment ties.

Among the new partnerships, a preliminary agreement was signed between Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell.

Other deals covered sectors including health, investment, innovation and energy.

The Crown Prince also met British finance minister Philip Hammond at the Saudi embassy in London as well as members of the British parliament from different political parties.

The Crown Prince’s visit also coincided with International Women’s Day.

Hoda Al-Helaissi, a member of the Shoura Council, told an event at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank that empowering women is “crucial” to transforming Saudi Arabia.

“A country’s true development can only come about... when it uses 100 percent of its human resources, male and female,” she said.


FaceOf: Abdulsalam Al-Mana, Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment official

Abdulsalam Al-Mana
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FaceOf: Abdulsalam Al-Mana, Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment official

  • He holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from King Saud University College of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Al-Mana used to be general manager of information technology at Seef Engineers and Contractors

JEDDAH: Abdulsalam Al-Mana is the deputy minister for internal trade at the Ministry of Commerce and Investment.

The Council of Saudi Chambers, in cooperation with Hafr Al-Batin Chamber, on Friday organized the fifth ministerial conference entitled “Supporting livestock development in Hafr Al-Batin,” one of the initiatives of the Kingdom’s plan to stimulate the private sector.

Addressing the conference, Al-Mana said the ministry aims to maintain the quality of products offered in the Saudi market and internationally through exports.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from King Saud University College of Computer and Information Sciences, and a master’s 

degree in business administration from the UK’s University of Leicester.

Al-Mana used to be general manager of information technology at Seef Engineers and Contractors. 

He served as director of the strategy department at the ministry’s Internal Trade Agency before he became deputy minister.

He has been a member of the board of directors at the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (Modon) since September 2018. Al-Mana is also co-founder of the Circular Rectangle Information Technology Co. 

He has always been supportive of youths’ contributions to advancing the Saudi economy and fulfilling the Vision 2030 reform plan. 

He regularly attends public events, where he reflects on the country’s promising prospects.