KSA set to get 48 German patrol boats

A German fast patrol boat TNC 35 is shown in this photo from the Lürssen company's website. Lürssen is making of of such patrol boats for Saudi Arabia. (Courtesy of Lürssen website)
Updated 04 August 2016
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KSA set to get 48 German patrol boats

RIYADH: Germany is all set to supply 48 patrol boats to Saudi Arabia within the framework of its border security project.
The first patrol craft will arrive soon as controversies surrounding the export of defense and security equipment to the Kingdom have begun to die down, said Dieter Walter Haller, German ambassador, on Wednesday.
Haller said the patrol boats would be supplied to the Kingdom in a staggered schedule.
Speaking to Arab News, he pointed out that Germany's Bremen-based dockyard, Luerssen, has already started building 15 patrol vessels for the project's first phase. The vessels are aimed at protecting the huge Saudi coastal region.
The patrol boats to be procured under the current contract come in two forms. The first are the 'TNC 35' models, which are 35-meter-long and are propelled by two diesel engines with a combined output of 7,800 kilowatts. The boat can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. The second models, 'FPB 38' are 38-meter-long and can reach speeds of up to 31 knots.
He said a Shoura Council delegation would visit Germany later next month with the aim of expanding cooperation in parliamentary affairs and legislature. Shoura members will interact with the members of the Bundestag, the 630-member German parliament.
He said his mission would be to “strive hard to boost links in various sectors, especially in the fields of economy, defense and culture.”
To this end, he added that the Kingdom is an important partner for Germany: “As G20 members, close coordination between our two countries is becoming ever more important, as Germany will hold the G20 presidency next year.”
In fact, the G20 summit under the German presidency is scheduled to be held on July 7th and 8th next year in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany.
On the cultural front, Dieter pledged to work closely with Saudi agencies to forge stronger ties. In this context, he noted the successful participation of Germany as guest country in Janadriyah earlier this year.
Indeed, cultural engagement will be a priority for the two countries moving forward, as Germany has become more diverse culturally and in terms of religion, with more than four million Muslims living in the country today. Beyond this, the diplomat fondly recalled the high-profile Saudi cultural exhibition entitled the “Roads of Arabia” that was staged in Berlin in 2012 with the aim of demonstrating the archeological richness, values, and heritage of the Kingdom.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 23 February 2019
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.