King Salman receives Russian foreign minister

King Salman receives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 06 March 2019

King Salman receives Russian foreign minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday and conveyed the greetings of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the king.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

At a joint press conference with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir in Riyadh on Monday, Lavrov said Moscow hoped to contribute to the Saudi civilian nuclear energy program.

“We have pointed out that there is a Saudi nuclear program for peaceful uses,” he said. 

“We hope that Russian experience and its level of expertise and the level of security provided during the construction of power stations in different parts of the world will interest Saudi Arabia.” 

Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom would use atomic power to produce “peaceful energy,” and had for years been working with other nations to develop the latest technologies and safest production methods for generating nuclear energy at competitive prices.

The king and the Russian foreign minister also discussed the latest regional and international developments. 

The meeting was attended by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf and other top Saudi and Russian officials.

Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.