King Salman, Putin commit to Saudi-Russian coordination in energy markets

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received a telephone call from Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies. (SPA/AFP)
Updated 20 February 2019
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King Salman, Putin commit to Saudi-Russian coordination in energy markets

  • The two leaders had a telephone conversation on Tuesday
  • Kremlin also said the two leaders praised the ongoing bilateral cooperation between the two countries

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Russian president Vladimir Putin voiced their support for continued coordination on the global energy markets, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, after the two leaders had a telephone conversation.
The Kremlin also said the two leaders praised the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
"Mutual attitude for further strengthening of multifaceted Russia-Saudi Arabia ties has been expressed," the Kremlin said.
Russia, other leading oil producers and the Organization for the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to cut their oil output by a combined 1.2 million barrels per day starting from January in order to balance global oil markets and support prices.
The next ministerial OPEC and non-OPEC meeting is due to be held in Vienna in mid-April.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.