Al-Ikhbariyah Channel to be privatized

Updated 04 April 2016
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Al-Ikhbariyah Channel to be privatized

RIYADH: Culture and Information Minister Dr. Adel Al-Toraifi, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), chaired the 8th meeting of the board in the presence of its members at his office in Riyadh on Sunday.
At the outset, Al-Toraifi delivered a speech in which he welcomed all the members, hoping that the board’s meetings would result in the agency’s progress and development.
Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein, the president of Saudi Press Agency and vice chairman of the board of directors, briefed the board on the most important achievements during the last period and reviewed the agenda.
The board discussed topics on its agenda and took a number of decisions, where it approved the entry of the Saudi Press Agency as a partner with Radio and Television Commission in the establishment of Al-Ikhbariyah Channel Company according to the procedures and regulations.

The board approved SPA’s closing account for the fiscal year 1436/1437 AH and authorized the SPA president or his deputy to complete the discussion between the SPA and a number of regional and international news agencies, and sign memorandums of cooperation with them.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Updated 28 min 31 sec ago
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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.