Saudi Arabia, Albania ink deals on taxation, tourism

King Salman receives Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia, Albania ink deals on taxation, tourism

  • An agreement to avoid double taxation and prevent evasion of income tax was signed

RIYADH: King Salman received Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama at his palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The monarch welcomed Rama and his accompanying delegation to the Kingdom, while the prime minister expressed his happiness to visit Saudi Arabia. 

During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance cooperation in various fields, and reviewed the latest regional developments.

The king and Rama attended the signing ceremony of two agreements and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Saudi Arabia and Albania.

An MoU on tourism cooperation was signed by the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Ahmed Al-Khateeb, and Albania’s ambassador to the Kingdom, Sami Shiba.

An agreement to avoid double taxation and prevent evasion of income tax was signed by Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and Albanian Minister of Economy and Finance Anila Denaj.

An agreement on cooperation in air services was signed by Saudi Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi and Shiba.

The signing ceremony was attended by Al-Jadaan, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Ambassador to Albania Abdulmomin Mohammed Sharaf and numerous other officials.

Al-Khateeb met with Rama earlier, and they reviewed investment opportunities in both countries and cooperation in the international development sector.

Albania is a safe country for tourists. The people are very open toward foreign visitors. Hospitality is an old Albanian tradition and foreigners are always treated with special respect.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.