Sino-Arab efforts to combat extremism are key: Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir holds talks with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Beijing. (SPA)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Sino-Arab efforts to combat extremism are key: Saudi foreign minister

  • Al-Jubeir told the meeting in the Chinese capital that the Palestinian cause was a key Arab and Muslim issue that “we have not stopped and will not stop supporting.”

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir chaired the second session of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing.

Al-Jubeir told the meeting in the Chinese capital that the Palestinian cause was a key Arab and Muslim issue that “we have not stopped and will not stop supporting.”

He referred to the “Jerusalem summit” in Dhahran this year and the adoption of resolutions on the regional crises experienced by Arab countries in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Comoros.

Al-Jubeir said: “The Arab countries look forward to China’s role in supporting political solutions to these crises through the Security Council and taking into account the decisions of the Arab summit.”

“The Arab countries reaffirm their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China and its adherence to the one-China principle,” he said.

The minister stressed the importance of Sino-Arab efforts to combat extremism, terrorism and the phenomenon of hatred that had escalated around the world.

Al-Jubeir later met with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi  and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on the sidelines of the eighth ministerial meeting of the forum.

They discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, in addition to the topics on the agenda of the forum.

Later, during a lecture titled “The Arab World and China within the framework of a fast-changing international system” — at the Chinese Institute of International Relations — Aboul Gheit said that the Palestinian cause, terrorism and the growing interference of some regional parties in the internal affairs of Arab countries were the most important challenges facing the region.

Al-Jubeir, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Aboul Gheit, had earlier inaugurated the Arabic-Chinese Digital Library in the presence of Arab foreign ministers to deepen cooperation between Arab League and Chinese libraries.

Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Muammar, general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library, expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.