Honoring Indonesia at Janadriyah ‘confirms close ties with Saudi Arabia’

The ambassador said “Saunesia” is a new term in the diplomatic world derived from the words Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. (Supplied)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Honoring Indonesia at Janadriyah ‘confirms close ties with Saudi Arabia’

  • King Salman will patronize the opening ceremony of the 33rd Janadriyah festival on Dec. 31

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Indonesia share “very close” relations, and having been invited to be “guest of honor” country at the forthcoming 33rd Janadriyah festival only confirms the strong relations between the two countries, said Indonesian Ambassador Agus Maftuh Abegebriel.
Speaking on his country’s selection for Saudi Arabia’s national heritage and culture festival, Abegebriel, who is also his country’s permanent representative in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the invitation.
The ambassador said “Saunesia” is a new term in the diplomatic world derived from the words Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
“Today is Saunesia time, which means we are in the golden period of our bilateral relations, as reflected by the exchange of visits at the highest level,” said Abegebriel.
President Joko Widodo visited Saudi Arabia in 2015 and 2017, and King Salman visited Indonesia in March 2017, he said, adding that the two leaders have committed to enhancing bilateral relations into a more comprehensive and strategic cooperation.
“Both countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation in March 2017, and Indonesia’s participation in Janadriyah is a follow-up of the MoU,” he said. “We are very delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our diverse culture and heritage in our special pavilion during the event.”
He said Indonesia will also promote its world-class tourism destinations as well as its high-quality products to the public in Saudi Arabia.
“By enhancing cultural relations, we are promoting more people-to-people contact so both sides will have a better mutual understanding," he said.
“I look forward to welcoming members of the royal family, government officials, the business community and Saudi people, as well as diplomatic corps and people from other countries at the Indonesian pavilion during the Janadriyah festival.”
King Salman will patronize the opening ceremony of the 33rd Janadriyah festival on Dec. 31. The 18-day event, named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh where it is held annually to celebrate symbols of the Saudi identity, is organized by the Ministry of National Guard.
Guest of honor countries in recent years have included India at Janadriyah 32, Egypt at Janadriyah 31, Germany at Janadriyah 30 and the UAE at Janadriyah 29.


Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet calls for global stand against extremism, hate speech

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Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet calls for global stand against extremism, hate speech

  • Council of Ministers expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the Christchurch attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reinforced its determination to confront extremism and hate speech in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand, which left 50 people dead.

During its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman, the Saudi Cabinet called on the international community to take a tough stance against those who tried to spread hate, extremism and violence. 

The Council of Ministers expressed its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the Christchurch attack and also the people and government of New Zealand. 

The meeting, held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, went on to discuss the Kingdom’s participation in the third Brussels Conference to support the future of Syria and the region, reported the SPA. The Cabinet also reviewed the talks that took place to discuss areas of Saudi-EU cooperation over the security, stability and unity of Syria.

Ministers referred to Saudi Arabia’s attendance at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, and stressed the Kingdoms’ determination to continue its efforts in protecting and promoting human rights.

In other business, the Cabinet commended US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for pledging continued American backing for the Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimate government of Yemen and for the Kingdom’s efforts to assist the Yemenis against Iranian intervention.

The Council of Ministers then authorized the Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan to draft a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Russian counterpart for cooperation between the two countries on cultural matters and approved the go ahead for discussions and the signing of a similar MoU with UNESCO.

Approval for an MoU on bilateral cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the US Patent and Trademark Office was agreed along with an MoU for cooperation and exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency and the Cuban state news agency Prensa Latina.