DiplomaticQuarter: Astana highlights ties with Riyadh

Deputy Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, center, with Kazakhstan Ambassador Bakyt Batyrshayev during the National Day celebrations in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 13 December 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Astana highlights ties with Riyadh

  • Kazakhstan plays an important role in the Islamic world through its membership of the OIC and the development of the Islamic Organization for Food Security within the OIC

RIYADH: The Kazakhstan Embassy in Riyadh celebrated the 27th Independence Day of Kazakhstan on Monday. The republic gained independence from the Soviet Union on Dec. 16, 1991.
Riyadh Deputy Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman was the chief guest on the occasion. Senior Saudi officials, diplomats and other dignitaries attended the celebrations.
Ambassador Bakyt Batyrshayev spoke about the fast-growing ties between Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. He said: “Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia are strategic partners and they have many common features and interests. We are proud of our strong, enduring partnership and pledge to continue our work to strengthen it.”
An art exhibition was also held at the embassy on the sidelines of the celebration. The two-day event showcased the work of renowned artist Ahmed Al-Salama.
The Kazakh ambassador said: “Kazakhstan has become a modern country with a successful economy, which is now among the top 50 in the world. Our strategic goal is to join the 30 developed countries of the world by 2050.”
He also highlighted the role his country is playing in the world of diplomacy.
“Kazakhstan has become the place of summits for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), EXPO 2017, Asian Olympic Games, Syrian negotiations and many other important meetings,” he added.
The diplomat said Kazakhstan was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-18.
“During its term Kazakhstan focused on issues such as nuclear disarmament, preventing military confrontations at the regional and global levels, counterterrorism and supporting sustainable peace,” he said. He also referred to the deployment of peacekeepers by Kazakhstan as part of the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon.
Highlighting the economic achievements of his country, the envoy said: “Over the past 20 years, Kazakhstan has raised direct foreign investments worth $300 billion, and now we rank 36th among 190 countries in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of doing business index.’”
He described his country as an economic and political bridge between East and West.
“Kazakhstan will always be a friend and partner to all countries especially Saudi Arabia,” said the envoy.


Expat arrested in Saudi Arabia made SR14m by promising to double victims’ money with ‘magic’

Updated 55 min 54 sec ago
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Expat arrested in Saudi Arabia made SR14m by promising to double victims’ money with ‘magic’

  • The expat deceived his victims by claiming he could use sorcery to boost their wealth
  • The man was arrested with the support of security authorities

JEDDAH: Police in Riyadh have arrested an expatriate who made SR14 million from a scam in which he promised to double people’s money using magic.

The Arab national deceived his victims by claiming he could use sorcery to boost their wealth, provincial government spokesman, Aloush bin Fares Al-Sebaei, said.

He said the offender was detected by Riyadh’s “central field committee,” which is tasked with catching practicers of exorcism, known as “ruqya,” folk medicine and interpreters of dreams, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The man was arrested with the support of security authorities.