Saudi foreign minister participates in US meeting on drug control, Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in an open seminar to present the Bahraini model of coexistence and religious tolerance. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held bilateral meetings with a number of officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a high-level meeting on drug control chaired by US President Donald Trump at the UN headquarters in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a high-level meeting on drug control chaired by US President Donald Trump at the UN headquarters in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held bilateral meetings with a number of officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Finnish counterpart Timo Soini held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynder held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Saudi foreign minister participates in US meeting on drug control, Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a high-level meeting on drug control chaired by US President Donald Trump at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The meeting, on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s 73rd session, discussed ways to eliminate the production of drugs, the problem of their addiction around the world and ways of raising awareness of their damage.
Al-Jubeir participated in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, also held on the sidelines of the General Assembly session, to focus on world peace on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
In a speech on behalf of the Arab Group, Al-Jubeir affirmed that Mandela had strong and historical relationships with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Arab countries, and had stances supportive of the Palestinian cause, the first cause of Arabs and Muslims.
He added: “I am pleased to stand with you today on behalf of the Arab League and Saudi Arabia, the president of the 29th Arab Summit, at a summit attributed to a man who changed history thanks to his tolerance, patience and humanity, though the years of pain, prison and suffering he faced during his years of struggle for peace, security and development in South Africa and the world.”
Perhaps one of the most important lessons from which we can benefit, Al-Jubeir added, is our continuation to build and strengthen peace and security in the world to achieve the wellbeing of our peoples, to activate the principles of peaceful coexistence among peoples, and to respect the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.
Al-Jubeir also held bilateral meetings with a number of officials, including his counterparts from Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Yemen, Finland, Belgium, Malaysia and Bulgaria.
He also participated in the open seminar to present the Bahraini model of coexistence and religious tolerance entitled “Towards Comprehensive Peaceful Societies,” organized by King Hamad International Center for Peaceful Coexistence, during which ways of establishing co-existence, tolerance and combating extremism were discussed.


Forum aims to boost Saudi-Japan trade ties

Updated 18 June 2019
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Forum aims to boost Saudi-Japan trade ties

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.