Saudi Arabia, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden states reach agreement for cooperation

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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping. (SPA)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden states reach agreement for cooperation

  • Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh
  • Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday reached an agreement to establish an entity of cooperation with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping.

Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative. 

A team of experts is expected to meet “soon” in Cairo for technical talks.

“This is part of the Kingdom's efforts to protect its interests and those of its neighbours and ... to stabilise the region that we live in and to try to create synergies between the various countries,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters after a day of meetings.

“The more cooperation and coordination that you have among the countries of this region, the less negative outside influence will be on this region," he added.

Eritrea and Ethiopia were not present at the meeting.

The Red Sea also includes the Bab Al-Mandeb strait, through which oil is shipped towards Europe, the US and Asia. In recent years the waterway has been targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi militants from Yemen.

Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment.

Saudi Arabia has announced several mega-projects along the Red Sea, including a $500 billion business zone shared with Egypt and Jordan as well as a luxury tourism destination.


Digital Library stages excellence award ceremony

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Digital Library stages excellence award ceremony

  • The award aims to motivate university members to use databases, which will achieve the best use of digital sources available in the SDL
The Saudi Digital Library (SDL) will host an excellence award ceremony for the scientific output of Saudi universities next Saturday.
Based on the keenness of the SDL to acquire and provide for the productivity of faculty members, researchers and students, SDL has established the “Excellence Award for the Scientific Production of Saudi Universities in the International Databases.”
It is an annual award designed for Saudi universities, faculty members and postgraduate students to support excellence in Saudi scientific production published in international scientific journals.
The SDL seeks to create an active environment for scientific research, creativity and innovation, and motivate Saudi universities to lead globally in scientific production in line with Vision 2030. The award aims to motivate university members to use databases, which will achieve the best use of digital sources available in the SDL.
The award highlights the role of distinguished participants in Saudi scientific production and supports their contributions to society, raises positive competition in the field of scientific publishing among faculty members, researchers and post-graduate students, encourages motivation to excellence in scientific production published in the scientific journals for the members of the Saudi universities, raises awareness of the SDL role in supporting scientific production, increases the use of digital information sources available in the SDL and develops scientific research outputs of the universities quantitatively and qualitatively by encouraging publishing in prestigious scientific journals to achieve global dissemination.
The ceremony includes three morning workshops in addition to the evening online training workshops.
The excellence award includes three categories, including the SDL award for the top universities in using the digital information sources; the SDL award of Saudi scientific production published in the international databases (Web of Science ISI) and the SDL award of Saudi scientific production published in the international databases (Scopus).