King Salman praised for supporting Disabled Children’s Association

Prince Sultan bin Salman
Updated 12 September 2018
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King Salman praised for supporting Disabled Children’s Association

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association, has thanked King Salman for his support since the association’s inception 30 years ago.

Prince Sultan said that the Disabled Children’s Association has enjoyed the benefits of King Salman’s support, which largely contributed to its excellence and commitment to high standards of professional, financial and administrative performance, in addition to its success in building trust with the government, shareholders and partners.

Prince Sultan said: “History creates the future and may even predict it. What we see today at the association and its branches, which are scattered across 11 regions and cities, is a leap of civilization adopted by King Salman and the late Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi 30 years ago.

“The association has been supported by many good people and years of partnerships with all sectors as they believe it is a unique association that can be trusted with people’s money and the futures of their children.”


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

Updated 18 November 2018
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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.