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.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.