White House adviser Kushner, Saudi crown prince meet on Middle East

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner.
Updated 20 June 2018
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White House adviser Kushner, Saudi crown prince meet on Middle East

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, on Wednesday to discuss increasing cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the US.
They also talked about the need to bring humanitarian relief to Gaza, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Also attending the meeting in Jeddah was US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. Kushner held a similar meeting on Tuesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman.
Kushner and Greenblatt have said the plan they are drawing up for building peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories is nearly complete. The potential for peace was thrown into doubt last month when Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem sparked violent protests in which dozens of Palestinians died. 

(With Reuters)


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”