Makkah Gov. receives British consul general

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal meets British Consul General Barrie Peach in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA )
Updated 13 September 2018
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Makkah Gov. receives British consul general

  • During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of mutual interest

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal received British Consul General Barrie Peach in Jeddah on Thursday. During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Earlier, Prince Khaled chaired the first meeting of the Makkah Region Development Authority Council. He stressed the necessity of integrating efforts to achieve the desired development, resulting in qualitative changes at the levels of people and place.

The council reviewed the features of the organization of the region’s  and cities’ development bodies that include organizational links, the functions and competencies, the board of the commission, as well as the powers and tasks assigned to the council, the executive committee and the chief executive.

The council also reviewed the objectives of the authority, which focuses on comprehensive planning and development in all areas and providing for the needs of cities of public services and facilities.

The council is responsible for drawing up the general policies and preparing studies and comprehensive plans for development with the review of plans, programs and development projects and supervision of their implementation.

The meeting also dealt with the strategic vision and direction of the authority to develop a comprehensive vision and strategic programs to lead urban development and activate the complementary role between relevant institutions.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”