Saudi Arabia determined to ‘combat corruption’

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 05 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia determined to ‘combat corruption’

  • Law enforcement, auditing bodies should strengthen their roles to protect public funds, says King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will continue to preserve integrity and combat corruption, King Salman said at the weekly Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Law enforcement and auditing bodies should strengthen their roles so that they can protect and preserve public funds, he added.
The king thanked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee, for his efforts and keenness.
King Salman also thanked the committee’s staff and working teams for completing the tasks assigned to them. The Cabinet vowed to continue to fight corruption and punish those responsible.
It lauded the consultative meeting of the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan.
The meeting discussed regional developments, and enhancing cooperation and coordination to serve Arab interests.
The Cabinet reviewed the latest Arab, regional and international developments. It commended the holding of the first round of Saudi-German political consultations, which reviewed bilateral relations, cooperation in combating extremism and terrorism, and regional and international issues.
Media Minister Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet discussed cultural and heritage activities held during the past few days, which witnessed large turnouts and international participation.
The Cabinet authorized the interior minister or his deputy to discuss with Chinese officials a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Saudi Interior Ministry and China’s Public Security Ministry to combat electronic crime.
The Cabinet also approved an MoU for political consultations between the Saudi and Dutch foreign ministries.
Furthermore, it approved an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the UAE to avoid double taxation and tax evasion.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.