FaceOf: Saud Al-Qahtani, Saudi Royal Court adviser

Saud Al-Qahtani
Updated 23 June 2018
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FaceOf: Saud Al-Qahtani, Saudi Royal Court adviser

  • Saud Al-Qahtani holds several certificates in law and administration, and has been an opinion writer for many Saudi and Arab newspapers and magazines
  • Saud Al-Qahtani promoted to the rank of captain before he pursued a master’s degree with honors in criminal justice from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS)

JEDDAH: Saud Al-Qahtani is an adviser to the Royal Court, as well as the supervisor general of the Center for Studies and Information Affairs in Saudi Arabia.
He addressed Qatar’s manipulation of BeIN Sports on Friday, confirming that the Kingdom is taking appropriate legal measures against the Doha-owned station due to its incorporation of politics during the broadcast of the World Cup Saudi matches.
Born in Riyadh on June 7, 1978, Al-Qahtani completed his schooling in Riyadh and was a distinguished student, among the top ten in the Riyadh region.
He received his bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University, then joined the officer training course in the Royal Saudi Air Force and graduated with honors with the rank of sergeant.
He was later promoted to the rank of captain before he pursued a master’s degree with honors in criminal justice from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).
He holds several certificates in law and administration, and has been an opinion writer for many Saudi and Arab newspapers and magazines.
He is considered one of the most influential figures on the Saudi Twitter scene.
In 2003, he was assigned as a legal adviser to the secretariat to then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and by 2004 he became the secretariat’s media director.
In 2008, he served as the director general of media monitoring and analysis for the Royal Court.
In 2012, he became an adviser to the Royal Court and was given the rank of a minister in 2015.
Al-Qahtani is also a member of the board of directors for institutes such as King Abdul Aziz University, the Misk Foundation, Misk Schools, the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, and the Saudi Union for Cyber Security and Programming. He is also an honorary member of Al-Hilal football club.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 23 February 2019
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.