Gabon leader arrives in Jeddah

Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz receives Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Jeddah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2018

Gabon leader arrives in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba arrived in Jeddah on Monday. 

Makkah’s deputy governor and other top officials received him at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport.

The visiting president performed Umrah.

Saudi Arabia and Gabon enjoy cordial ties.  Gabon opened its embassy in the Kingdom in 1976.

Following his election as the president of Gabon in 2016, Ali Bongo Ondimba had praised Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 and said his country was inspired by the Saudi reform plans.



UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019

UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.