ٍSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs off Algiers visit with trade, security pact

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia meets with at the prime minister's office in Algiers on Dec. 3, 2018. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia in Algiers on December 3, 2018. (Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured ahead of his meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia in Algiers on December 3, 2018. (Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court photo)
Updated 04 December 2018
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ٍSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs off Algiers visit with trade, security pact

  • The Saudi crown prince was visiting Algeria as part of a tour of Arab countries
  • Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had been unable to receive the crown prince during the visit because of a flu infection

ALGIERS: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ended a two-day visit to Algeria on Monday with an agreement to boost trade and strengthen counterterrorism efforts. 

Earlier in the day, the crown prince met with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss enhancing cooperation in investment and security between the two countries. 

The two sides issued a joint statement announcing the establishment of a Supreme Council for Saudi-Algerian Coordination.

The joint initiative will strengthen political links between Riyadh and Algiers, and work to combat terrorism and extremism. It will also develop stronger ties in trade, investment, energy and in the cultural and educational sectors.

Foreign ministers of both countries will establish a framework for the supreme council.

The Saudi crown prince was visiting Algeria as part of a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina at the weekend.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had been unable to receive the crown prince during the visit because of a flu infection, the Algerian presidency said on Monday. 

The crown prince wished Bouteflika a speedy recovery, the presidency said in statement carried by the official Algerian news agency.

“In the context of the distinguished brotherly relations and the historical ties between Saudi Arabia and Algeria, and in accordance with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and his brother President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, it has been agreed to establish a Supreme Council for Saudi-Algerian Coordination chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the first deputy prime minister and minister of defense, and from the Algerian side, the Prime Minister of Algeria, Ahmed Ouyahia,” the statement said.

 

 


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.