ٍ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.

 

 


Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Omaima Al-Khamis, a Saudi writer receives Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel at the American University (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

  • Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010

JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate).
The American University in Cairo Press (AUC) made the announcement on Wednesday. The awards are announced annually on the birth anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010.
In her acceptance speech, Al-Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz and described him as a great writer who taught the “magic and craft of” storytelling.