Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”


Startup of the Week: Entangling the world with minimal fashion

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Startup of the Week: Entangling the world with minimal fashion

  • All my designs are hand drawn. I could easily draw them digitally, but I think keeping them hand drawn gives a more personal and authentic feel

JEDDAH: Amid a plethora of innovations and fresh ideas nowadays, it is becoming harder and harder to impress the public, but 23-year-old Hasna Baker has managed to do so with her company Tangles.

She designs shirts colored black or white, with a cleverly designed symbol or letter in the center.

“All my designs are hand drawn. I could easily draw them digitally, but I think keeping them hand drawn gives a more personal and authentic feel. The little imperfections are what add to the design,” she told Arab News.

“I was inspired to start Tangles through a combination of my passion for minimal fashion and graphic T-shirts, as well as my love for arts,” she said. 

“I started coming up with a plan to incorporate meaning into each design, and came up with the idea of playing cards,” she added.

“Each symbol on a playing card has a deeper meaning, and I decided it would be a good place to start,” said Baker.

“After brainstorming ideas I began to sell my work through Instagram, and a few months later I joined the retail store Crate.” 

She did face obstacles, however, such as finding “good-quality suppliers for my packages and shirts,” and “maintaining the confidence to put my work out there.”

She added: “There was a lot of trial and error in the beginning, but the whole process has taught me to approach every experience, whether good or bad, as a lesson to learn and grow from. People have been supportive and positive.”

She has received international orders, but for now her customers are mainly based in the Kingdom.

The piece she is most proud of “is a large canvas of an elephant. It’s my biggest work yet, and took around six months to complete,” she said.

“I love the moment I step back from a project and see it all come together, as opposed to looking closely at the details.”