Governor of Makkah meets with Sudan’s ambassador to KSA

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah, receives Sudan’s Ambassador Abdul Basit Badawi Al-Sanousi. (SPA)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Governor of Makkah meets with Sudan’s ambassador to KSA

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah Region, received Sudan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdul Basit Badawi Al-Sanousi. 

During the meeting in Jeddah, they discussed issues of mutual interest.

The talks follow Sudanese President Omar Bashir’s official visit to Saudi Arabia in October.

During their meeting, the king and the president discussed bilateral relations binding the two countries, in addition to the latest regional developments.

Sudan has suffered under US trade sanctions for two decades and only recently the sanctions were lifted.

Sudanese officials have acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s role in the US decision to lift the sanctions against the African country.

Bashir thanked the king for his fraternal sentiments, and to the Saudi government for its efforts in lifting the sanctions.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.