Saudi King Salman receives South African President Ramaphosa

King Salman receives South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 12 July 2018
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Saudi King Salman receives South African President Ramaphosa

  • The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and cooperation
  • The king also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his delegation

JEDDAH: King Salman received South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Thursday. The president arrived in the Kingdom on Wednesday evening for an official visit focused primarily on strengthening economic ties, increasing investment and diversifying trade relations.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and South Africa in all fields and reviewed the latest regional and international developments. The talks were attended by a number of princes and senior officials, as well as the president’s official delegation.

The king also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his delegation.

Later, Ramaphosa met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and they discussed issues of common interest in addition to means of enhancing bilateral relations in various fields.

Ramaphosa had met with senior Saudi officials earlier in the day, including the ministers of trade and investment; energy; industry and mineral resources; and finance. 

Saudi Trade and Investment Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi said the two sides discussed cooperation in the economic, commercial and industrial fields, adding that Ramaphosa “expressed his country’s desire to invest in the pharmaceutical, health and mining industries through joint investments.”

The trade minister added, “We also discussed the establishment of a Saudi-South African business council to further increase the volume of trade between the two friendly countries.”

Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the Kingdom and South Africa share historic and outstanding relations. “South Africa is a member of the G-20, and of many regional and international organizations, hence the importance of coordinating economic relations between the two countries,” he said.

Ramaphosa will visit the UAE on Friday.


Houthis agree to stop firing missiles at Saudi Arabia

Updated 57 min 53 sec ago
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Houthis agree to stop firing missiles at Saudi Arabia

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

SANAA, Yemen: A senior leader of the Houthi militia says the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, says the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.