Crown prince praises ‘special relations’ with the UAE

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Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his accompanying delegation, leave UAE following official visit. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his accompanying delegation, leave UAE following official visit. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his accompanying delegation, leave UAE following official visit. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his accompanying delegation, leave UAE following official visit. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his accompanying delegation, leave UAE following official visit. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his accompanying delegation, leave UAE following official visit. (SPA)
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During the visit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the sidelines of the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (SPA)
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During the visit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the sidelines of the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (SPA)
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During the visit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the sidelines of the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (SPA)
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During the visit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met King Juan Carlos I, the former King of Spain, on the sidelines of the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (SPA)
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During the visit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, on the sidelines of the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum during the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2018
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Crown prince praises ‘special relations’ with the UAE

  • The crown prince sent a cable of thanks to UAE President and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
  • Mohammed bin Salman also met with Sheikh Mohammed

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’a Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised “special relations” with UAE on Sunday, following an official visit to the country.

The crown prince sent a cable of thanks to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed after leaving the country, as part of a regional tour that will see him visit a number of Arab countries in the coming days.

In his cables, Mohammed bin Salman said the “visit to our second country, the United Arab Emirates, comes within the framework of the distinguished and special fraternal relations that bind our two countries and brotherly peoples, and the common desire to deepen cooperation in all fields under the leadership of King Salman,” reported the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The crown prince also congratulated Mohammed bin Zayed on the successful organization of the Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

During the visit Mohammed bin Salman met with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the sidelines of the 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Saudi crown prince, his UAE counterpart and Sheikh Maktoum attended and oversaw the final round of the 2018 Grand Prix season, which was attended by several officials, dignitaries and heads of states from a number of countries, as well as many A-list celebrities.

On the sidelines of the major international event, Mohammed bin Salman also met with King Juan Carlos I, the former King of Spain and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.