Haramain train project undergoes rigorous tests

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Updated 09 October 2015

Haramain train project undergoes rigorous tests

JEDDAH: Minister of Transport Abdullah Al-Muqbil checked on the progress of the multibillion-riyal Haramain high-speed railway this week, and rode on a train during a test run.

Al-Muqbil inspected all components and stages of the rail project which will run between Makkah, Jeddah, Rabigh and Madinah, according to a report in a local online publication on Wednesday.
Al-Muqbil started out checking bridges, intersections and stations, and urged contractors to complete the work without delay. He urged the Spanish company involved in the project to make sure it is completed on schedule.
He also traveled on a train that ran at 180 km per hour. During the journey, Al-Muqbil was briefed by officials on various aspects of the project. He also met Saudi students who received training in Spain to run the train.
At the end of the journey, Al-Muqbil said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman wanted the project completed to the highest possible standards. It would help grow the economy and benefit people locally.
He said the ministry was making every effort to ensure the project was completed on time. He was accompanied by Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chief executive officer of the Saudi Railway Company, Mohammad Tawfeeq Madani, director general of roads and transport in Makkah, officials from the Saudi Railways Organization and representatives of the contractors involved in the project.

Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 5 min 46 sec ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.