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.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.