Saudi Arabia’s crown prince arrives in Algeria as part of Arab tour

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia walk through the red carpet during a welcoming ceremony at the Algerian International Airport in Algiers on Sunday night. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia walk through the red carpet during a welcoming ceremony at the Algerian International Airport in Algiers on Sunday night. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arriving at the Algerian International Airport in Algiers on Sunday night. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 1st left, walks down the plane steps upon his arrival at Algiers international airport, Algeria, on Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) and Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia (R) inspect an honor guard upon the former's arrival at Algiers International Airport, southeast of the capital Algiers on December 2, 2018. (AFP / RYAD KRAMDI)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) is received by Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia (R) upon the former's arrival at Algiers International Airport on December 2, 2018. (AFP / RYAD KRAMDI)
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Top Algerian officials welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Algerian International Airport in Algiers on Sunday night. (SPA)
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Top Algerian officials welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Algerian International Airport in Algiers on Sunday night. (SPA)
Updated 03 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince arrives in Algeria as part of Arab tour

  • Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received the prince in the capital Algiers
  • Algerian-Saudi investments and trade relations, especially in the oil and petrochemical sectors, will be discussed during the two-day visit

ALGIERS: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Algiers on Sunday for a two-day official visit to Algeria, heading a high-ranking delegation.
Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received the prince at the airport, where an official reception ceremony was held. After that the prime minister accompanied him to his residence, Saudi Press Agency said 

Algerian-Saudi investments and trade relations, especially in the oil and petrochemical sectors, will be discussed during the two-day visit, the Algeria Press Agency earlier announced.

The crown prince arrived in Algeria from Mauritania, where he resumed a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina.

In the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott early Sunday, he was welcomed by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The crown prince conveyed King Salman’s greetings to the Mauritanian leader, SPA said.

In an extended meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to further development opportunities in the region.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen behind a military band upon his arrival at Algiers International Airport on Dec. 2, 2018. (AFP / RYAD KRAMDI)

Saudi Arabia and Mauritania signed three agreements, and the crown prince announced a directive by the monarch to establish the King Salman Hospital in Nouakchott with a capacity of 300 beds. Dr. Hazza Al-Mutairi, Saudi ambassador to Mauritania, said the crown prince’s visit came as a result of the distinguished and strengthening relations between the two countries, which have many areas of mutual interest.

“The Saudi-Mauritanian relations have witnessed a steady growth, encompassing all political, economic, cultural and other fields of bilateral cooperation,” he said in a statement to SPA. 

Saudi Arabia has been a major provider of economic assistance to Mauritania since the days of King Faisal, who visited the North African country in 1972, 12 years after it gained independence from France.

At last week’s G20 Summit in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, the crown prince, who headed the Saudi delegation, was greeted by world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

On the way to Argentina, the crown prince stopped in Tunis after visiting Cairo, which was his sixth trip to Egypt and his second as crown prince.  He and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held talks on strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation.

Algerian and Saudi flags are pictured in Algiers ahead of the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Algeria on Dec. 2, 2018. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)

Before that, the crown prince visited Bahrain, where he was received by King Hamad and held talks with Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad.   

As part of efforts to expand Saudi-Bahraini cooperation, he inaugurated a pipeline through which 220,000 barrels of oil are expected to flow daily.  

The UAE was the crown prince’s first stop. In Abu Dhabi, he held talks with UAE leaders on a number of issues, including Middle East security threats and their impact on regional stability.  

Saudi Arabia “is assuming a pivotal role in efficiently confronting the challenges besetting the region, and is spearheading efforts aimed at ensuring security, stability and development for the region’s peoples, not to mention its good offices to achieve peace and safety across different parts of the world,” said Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.


Hundreds of bodies found in mass graves near Syria ex-Daesh bastion

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Hundreds of bodies found in mass graves near Syria ex-Daesh bastion

  • Many of the bodies recovered have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment before execution
  • Work was under way to retrieve the rest of the bodies
DAMASCUS: Seven mass graves containing hundreds of unidentified bodies have been unearthed near the former Daesh group stronghold of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, official news agency SANA said.
Most of the more than 100 bodies recovered so far at the site appear to “have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment before execution,” it said, accusing Daesh of killing the victims.
Work was under way to retrieve the rest of the bodies from the graves in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, SANA said in its report published late Tuesday.
It released a video showing forensic experts in protective clothing recovering remains, and corpses laid out on the ground in a row under white sheets.
A Syrian Red Crescent official said the main focus at present was identifying the remains already recovered which included those of several women.
“Exhumations will resume afterwards,” the official said, asking not to be identified.
“The bodies show signs of torture and some were blindfolded and handcuffed.”
Daesh has been held responsible for multiple atrocities during its reign of terror, including mass executions and decapitations.
In recent months, both Syria and Iraq have discovered a number of mass graves in areas previously occupied by the jihadists.
Daesh proclaimed a “caliphate” over swathes of the two countries in 2014, but has since lost almost all the territory it once held.
Albu Kamal, which lies in the Euphrates Valley near the border with Iraq, was the last major town that Daesh controlled fully before losing it in November 2017.