Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives Libya’s Al-Sarraj

King Salman receives Fayez Al-Sarraj, chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), in Makkah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 06 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives Libya’s Al-Sarraj

  • The pair reviewed the latest developments in Libya, including efforts to achieve security and stability in the country

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Fayez Al-Sarraj, chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah on Tuesday.

Earlier, Al-Sarraj met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Meeting in Jeddah, they reviewed the latest developments in Libya, including efforts to achieve security and stability in the country. 

A number of senior Libyan officials attended the meeting. On the Saudi side, attendees included Cabinet member Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, intelligence chief Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and the crown prince’s secretary Bandar bin Obaid Al-Rasheed.


Hafez Gallery brings together 5 galleries from around Jeddah for special fair

Syrian artist Osama Esid’s painting explores personal identity. (Supplied)
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Hafez Gallery brings together 5 galleries from around Jeddah for special fair

JEDDAH: The Hafez Gallery has organized the Shara Art Fair at the Saudi Art Council’s headquarters, bringing together five galleries from around Jeddah.
“I’ve been exhibiting with the Hafez Gallery for the past four years, ever since it started,” Osama Esid, from Damascus, told Arab News.
His painting at the art fair, “Zamakan,” is “about refugees sinking as they try to cross vast stretches of water,” he said.
He created the painting “in the dark to show the final resting place of these refugees,” he added. “I’d use brushes, sticks, and sometimes even my fingers.”
Artist Bashair Hawsawi told Arab News that his piece, showing a couple of broom heads attached back to back, “reflects the experiences I went through this year, because I want to clean my thoughts and ideas from negative things.” He added: “When I was young, people would comment on my shyness and weakness, so I started to be aware of this, and that helped me work out who I really wanted to be.”

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• Five galleries from around Jeddah participated in the Shara Art Fair organized by Hafez Gallery.

• Artist Osama Esid, from Damascus, has been exhibiting his works at Hafez Gallery for the past four years.

• Bashair Hawsawi and Khalid Zahid were the other artists who had their works exhibited at the art fair.

Khalid Zahid, known for his Islamic-themed modern art, exhibited balloons shaped like mosques in different colors. “The concept is called ‘Joyful.’ What I wanted to show was how balloons bring joy whether you’re young or old,” he told Arab News.
“As for the shape, I wanted to show how Islam brings joy to people. That’s why they (the balloons) look like mosques.”