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.


Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

Updated 21 February 2019
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Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

  • In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality
  • After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a letter of thanks to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his departure from India on Wednesday.

In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality during his visit with the Saudi delegation.  

“The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations,” the letter said.

After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday, on the third leg of his Asia tour that started in Pakistan.

Here is the letter in full:

Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Greetings,

I am pleased to express my gratitude and appreciation for your hospitality towards me and my delegation.

The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations.

Wishing health and happiness for your country, and progress and prosperity for your friendly nation, accept my sincerest greetings and appreciation.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister