Saudi diplomat receives outgoing Austrian ambassador

Dr. Nizar Madani, minister of state for foreign affairs, receives Gregor Koessler, outgoing Austrian ambassador to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 21 December 2018
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Saudi diplomat receives outgoing Austrian ambassador

  • Madani expressed his appreciation for Koessler’s efforts to strengthen Austria’s relations with the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Nizar Madani, minister of state for Foreign Affairs, received Gregor Koessler, outgoing Austrian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, on Thursday and wished him future success in his career. 

Madani expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by the ambassador to strengthen Austria’s relations and bilateral cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

During a recent meeting in Riyadh, Koessler called on Austrian companies to ensure their “local presence” in Saudi Arabia for intensive contacts and for doing business

The networking lunch in April was attended by several Saudi businessmen and members of the Austrian business mission.

“The new Austrian government is business-friendly, and hence more cooperation and collaboration in various sectors are expected,” said Ambassador Koessler.

The companies in the mission were specialized in medical technologies, energy and solar energy, railway, air conditioning, engineering services, transport, data management systems, electromechanical equipment and water treatment.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

DUBAI: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency addd.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gainin access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported.