Envoys assure Riyadh of full support to achieve KSA’s ambitious goals

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Updated 23 September 2018
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Envoys assure Riyadh of full support to achieve KSA’s ambitious goals

  • Diplomats shared with Arab News their thoughts and best wishes to Saudi Arabia on its National Day

RIYADH: Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932, it has enjoyed good relations with its neighbors and other countries around the world. Not only do the Saudi people celebrate their country’s National Day, but also the expatriates from around the world who live and work in the Kingdom, and the diplomats who serve them.

Ambassadors and other envoys shared with Arab News their thoughts and best wishes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people on their National Day.

In a video message, French Ambassador François Gouyette expressed his warmest congratulations. 

“Working together with the Saudi people is an honor that my country has embraced since the Kingdom’s birth,” he said. 

“Dear people of Saudi Arabia, let me assure you of my highest esteem. We will set ambitious goals and achieve them together and I seize this opportunity to express my best wishes for the continuous progress, and prosperity of your Kingdom.”

Ridwan Jadwaat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “I would like to congratulate and extend my sincere best wishes to King Salman and the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on their National Day.

“Australia recognizes the key role that Saudi Arabia plays in the world, and as a leader in the global Islamic community. We are grateful for the hospitality extended to the thousands of Australian Muslims who perform Hajj and Umrah each year.

“Australia and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong commercial ties and growing links between our peoples, including through education and tourism. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with Saudi Arabia, including in support of Vision 2030 and as Saudi Arabia prepares to host the G20 in 2020. Mabruk.”

Adnan V. Alonto, the ambassador of the Philippines in Riyadh, said the embassy joins the Kingdom in celebrating its 88th National Day. 

He added: “Saudi Arabia continues to play a vital role in maintaining peace and stability in the region and in pushing global initiatives that aim to advance the interests of the international community. 

These have been made possible by the bold economic and social reforms recently implemented under the Vision 2030 platform.

Christopher Henzel, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy, said: “Our partnership with Saudi Arabia extends from our close security cooperation to our strong relations in business and exchange programs.” 

He said: “Together we are working to promote the security and prosperity of both our countries.” 

Through our educational and cultural exchange programs, he said, we learn from each other and deepen our partnership. 

“Over many decades hundreds of thousands of Saudi and American officials, tourists, business representatives, and students have traveled between our countries and in the process have cemented our strong ties,” he added.


We want France to become the No. 1 investor in the Kingdom: Saudi-French Business Council chief

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We want France to become the No. 1 investor in the Kingdom: Saudi-French Business Council chief

  • France ranks third among countries investing in Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi investments in France amount to about $900 million, mostly in the real estate sector

JEDDAH: A delegation from the Saudi-French Business Council concluded a visit to the French cities of Paris and Lyon.

The delegation participated in the council’s 40th session, during which four commercial contracts were signed. It also visited French art companies and museums to discuss opportunities for cooperation.

The delegation met with Lyon’s Mayor Alain Galliano, who briefed it on tourism in the city and praised the opening of cinemas in the Kingdom.

Dr. Mohammed bin Laden, co-chairman of the council, said: “The economic partnership between the Kingdom and France has taken on new strategic dimensions, benefiting from the great understanding and harmony between the two countries’ leaderships in all fields, especially political ones.”

The council plays a major role in stimulating investments between the two countries, he said, adding that the French are very open to investing in the Kingdom, with their investments there totalling SR4 billion ($1,07 billion).

The growing openness of the Saudi financial market to foreign investments has become a magnet for investors from around the world, including France, he said. 

The crown prince’s recent visit to France was the cornerstone of investments amounting to $18 billion, bin Laden said, adding that bilateral trade exceeds $9.22 billion. 

France ranks third among countries investing in Saudi Arabia, and has 80 companies operating in the Kingdom. “We want France to become the No. 1 investor in the Kingdom,” said bin Laden.

Saudi investments in France amount to about $900 million, mostly in the real estate sector, according to French statistics.

France knows that the Kingdom is the largest Gulf and Arab economy, and that it has a huge consumer market, said bin Laden. 

The Saudi-French CEO Forum in Paris in April resulted in the signing of 20 memoranda of understanding amounting to $18 billion.