Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (left), the deputy head of Sudan’s transitional military council, in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed meets US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. (SPA)
Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE had earlier pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
  • Crown Prince Mohammed also met with US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey on Thursday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met the Deputy Head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo in Jeddah on Friday.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed the latest regional developments.

Dagalo was accompanied by the official spokesman of the Sudanese Military Council, Gen. Shamsaddin Kabbashi.

The Kingdom, in conjunction with the UAE, also pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to help Sudan recover after mass protests that had led to the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir last month.

On Sunday, the two Gulf allies deposited $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first installment of the joint package of aid.

The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate,” said a statement by the Saudi Finance Ministry

It added that the remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives.

The crown prince also met the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey, where they discussed cooperation between the two countries.

Both meetings were attended by Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi minister of state, and Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs.

Also on Friday, the crown prince met with a group of Saudi intellectuals. During the meeting, they discussed the future of Saudi culture in relation to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, as the crown prince praised the efforts being exerted by the intellectuals in serving their country and society.

He also stressed the importance of culture in social and economic development, in addition to its contributions to building bridges of knowledge and human communication with other countries.

The meeting was attended by a group representing the 16 sectors supported by the Ministry of Culture.

During the meeting, they expressed their gratitude and appreciation for King Salman and the crown prince for their continued support.


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.