US still wants to organize a summit of Gulf leaders: Senior administration official

President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands in the State Dining Room before lunch at the White House in Washington, DC. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 20 March 2018
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US still wants to organize a summit of Gulf leaders: Senior administration official

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump believes unity among Gulf states in the Middle East is critical and still wants to organize a meeting of Gulf leaders, who are divided by a dispute involving Qatar, a senior administration official said on Monday.
The official, briefing reporters before Trump’s meeting on Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said Trump had wanted Qatar and Gulf Cooperation Council members to settle their dispute on their own but is now much more concerned about the long-term impact in the region.
The official also said Trump and top aides would seek more commercial deals for US companies.
“While the crown prince is in Washington, we will be advocating for $35 billion in commercial deals for US companies that would support 120,000 American jobs,” the official said.


Saudi Arabia’s KFUPM ranks 5th in world for patents

KFUPM ranked 55th in 2011, 13th in 2015 and seventh in 2016
Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s KFUPM ranks 5th in world for patents

  • KFUPM registered 237 patents with the US Patent Office in 2018

JEDDAH: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) ranked fifth among universities worldwide in 2018 in terms of the number of patents registered, according to IFI CLAIMS, which provides international industries with annual reports on patents.

KFUPM registered 237 patents with the US Patent Office in 2018. The university outpaced renowned universities such as the University of Texas, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Harvard and Johns Hopkins University.

The total number of patents registered by KFUPM in the US Patent Office rose to 1,040 by the end of 2018.

KFUPM ranked 55th in 2011, 13th in 2015 and seventh in 2016. The vice rector for applied studies and research, Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqili, said the university’s success is not limited to registering patents.