Saudi Shoura delegation to visit Cairo to enhance ties

Last month, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2018
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Saudi Shoura delegation to visit Cairo to enhance ties

  • Recently Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding to activate a SR60 billion ($16 billion) investment fund

JEDDAH: A delegation of the Saudi-Egyptian Parliamentary Friendship Committee, headed by Shoura Council member Assaf bin Salem bin Faisal Abu Thuneen, will start an official visit to Egypt on Sunday.
Abu Thuneen said that the visit comes in the context of supporting bilateral relations in the field of parliamentary action between the Shoura Council and the Egyptian Parliament and enhancing joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
Recently, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reviewed “strategic bilateral relations and discussed developments in the region “especially issues related to security and stability” and “fighting terrorism.”
Last week, Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding to activate a SR60 billion ($16 billion) investment fund. They also signed agreements to continue cooperation in resolving political crises in the Middle East, and a commitment to environmental protection.
Last month, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies.


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.