New Saudi envoy urges Arab consuls to fulfill ‘great mission’

Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari
Updated 29 November 2018
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New Saudi envoy urges Arab consuls to fulfill ‘great mission’

  • Bukhari said: “We seek to create ambitious global partnerships and build strong international relations that are based on solid fundamentals

BEIRUT: Saudi diplomat Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari returned to Beirut on Wednesday following his official appointment as the Kingdom’s ambassador to Lebanon.

Bukhari had served as the charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon since March 12 after Saudi authorities recalled the former ambassador, Walid Al-Yaacoub, to take on other duties. Before that, Bukhari served as minister plenipotentiary at the embassy.

Speaking at the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, Bukhari thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for showing their trust in him as the Kingdom’s ambassador.

“I hope to be at the discretion of our great leadership and to work under its guidance to strengthen joint cooperation between the Kingdom and Lebanon,” he said.

“I also hope that we all seek to maintain the security, stability and sovereignty of Lebanon.” 

Bukhari was welcomed at the airport by the ambassadors of Egypt, Iraq, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Yemen, Morocco and the Arab League, as well as officials from the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He called on Arab diplomats to work together and achieve their “great mission in Lebanon.”

Bukhari said: “We seek to create ambitious global partnerships and build strong international relations that are based on solid fundamentals, and we seek to achieve all this through a sustainable diplomacy based on human values to achieve security and international peace.”

In the past two months, Bukhari visited different areas of Lebanon to inaugurate Saudi initiatives in the country.


Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

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Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

  • Saudi Arabia and UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
  • The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan, after mass protests led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month.

The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," the statement said.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deposited now $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first instalment of the joint package of aid.

The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives.

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, confirmed that this deposit constitutes an extension of the Kingdom’s support to the Sudanese people.

He added that this support will strengthen the financial and economic situation in Sudan, especially the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound, which should reflect positively on the living conditions of the Sudanese citizens.