Sri Lankan envoy finds Madinah ‘fascinating’

Updated 09 December 2014
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Sri Lankan envoy finds Madinah ‘fascinating’

* Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?
Saying mashaallah.
* Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?
Tayyib.
* Which book is now on your bedside?
A copy of the Holy Qur’an.
* What is your favorite holiday destination?
Sri Lanka.
* What is your dream country where you would like to be posted after leaving Saudi Arabia?
Any Gulf country.
* Which country’s people have you found most friendly?
Arabs.
* How do you react to or deal with anger?
I sit and ponder.
* What is your source of strength during tough times?
Prayers.
* What was your first impression about the Kingdom?
It is a holy country.
* Which Saudi city fascinated you most?
Madinah.
* Your favorite Saudi dish.
Mandi.
* The thing about Kingdom that you will always remember.
My countrymen.
* If you were given only one option between Facebook and Twitter, what would you prefer?
Facebook.
* If you had not become a diplomat, what would have been your profession?
Social worker.
* Is hiding the truth acceptable in diplomacy?
No.
* How do you keep yourself fit?
Daily physical exercise.
* Your favorite restaurant?
Al-Haneez-Salamah in Jeddah.
* What is your favorite weekend activity?
Communicating with the family members.


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

Updated 18 November 2018
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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.