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)


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.